Flashes Host Ohio Friday At 11 A.M. On ESPNU In Doug Martin's Final Game
Kent State (4-7, 3-4 MAC) vs. Ohio (8-3, 6-1 MAC)
Friday, November 26, 2010 • 11:00 a.m. EST
Dix Stadium (20,500/FieldTurf) • Kent, Ohio
Radio: WNIR 100.1 FM (Ty Linder & Rob Polinsky)
Television: ESPNU (Justin Kutcher & Tom Luginbill) • Internet: ESPN3.com
The Opening Kick
Friday's season finale will be a bittersweet one for Kent State football. The game will be the last for head coach Doug Martin, who announced Sunday that he will resign after the contest. At the same time, it will mark the first-ever national television broadcast from Dix Stadium as ESPNU pays a visit Kent.
The 63rd meeting between the in-state rivals has seen the visiting team claim each of the last four contests between the Flashes and Bobcats. A win would allow Kent State to finish at least .500 in the MAC for the fourth time in seven seasons under Martin — equaling the total from the 26 seasons prior to his taking the helm in 2004.
Terry Earns Academic All-America Nod
On Tuesday, junior running back Jacquise Terry became the fourth player in school history to garner ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America accolades. Terry, who carries a 3.66 GPA in aeronautics, was the only MAC player on the 24-player first team that includes both FBS and FCS schools. A second team selection in 2009, the Phenix City, Ala., native is the only repeat honoree in school history.
Facts In A Flash
• Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith has completed 59.1 percent of his passes (204-345) en route to throwing for 2,112 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season. He has spread the wealth to 12 different receivers.
• Junior running back Jacquise Terry has rushed for 542 yards and seven touchdowns, while making 23 catches for 285 yards and two TDs.
• Defensively, senior linebacker Dorian Wood leads the team with 90 tackles, while senior safety Brian Lainhart has 82 stops. Junior cornerback Norman Wolfe is tied for 10th in the country with five interceptions.
• Lainhart has contributed to 20 turnovers in the last 30 games. His 17 career INTs are two shy of the school record and are the most among current FBS players.
• Freshman lineman Roosevelt Nix leads the MAC in sacks (8.5, tied) and tackles for loss (18.5) and is 2nd in forced fumbles (4).
A Glance At The Series
Kent State's second most often played opponent, Ohio leads the series with the Golden Flashes by a 38-22-2 margin. (The 62 meetings trails only Bowling Green, with 78.) The Bobcats hold a 21-9-1 advantage in the 31 previous contests in Kent, claiming seven of the last eight contests in Dix Stadium. (For the complete series history see page 11.)
Friday's game on ESPNU marks Kent State's third appearance on national television this year and the first time a Golden Flashes home game has been featured on the ESPN family of networks. Justin Kutcher will handle the play-by-play duties while Tom Luginbill will serve as the color analyst. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com.
For the fourth straight year, the excitement of Golden Flashes football can be found on flagship station WNIR 100.1 FM in Northeast Ohio as part of the Kent State Sports Network from IMG College. Ty Linder will handle the play-by-play role and is joined in the booth by color analyst Rob Polinsky.
Live audio for all Kent State football game broadcasts, live video of select games and live stats are available via the K-Zone on the official athletic department web site (www.kentstatesports.com).
• Doug Martin (Kentucky '85) is in his seventh season as a head coach, owning a 28-53 (.346) record at the helm of the Golden Flashes. He was promoted to head coach March 1, 2004, after serving as Kent State's offensive coordinator in 2003. (For a complete Martin bio see page 14.)
• Frank Solich (Nebraska '66) has a 40-34 record in his sixth season in Athens. In both 2009 and 2006 (his second year at the helm of the Bobcats) Solich guided Ohio to the MAC Championship game and a berth in a bowl game. He owns a 98-53 overall record, including his six-year stint at Nebraska.
The season is complete for the Golden Flashes. Kent State will open the 2011 campaign Sept. 3 at Alabama. The home-opener will be Sept. 10 against Louisiana-Lafayette.