Game Preview: Kent State
Kent State Golden Flashes: 1-1
Series Record: 2-0 (PSU won 32-10 during the last meeting in 2003)
Head Coach: Doug Martin (7th year)
Players to Watch: RB Jacquise Terry, LB Cobrani Mixon, Safety Brian Lainhart
Missed tackles, costly turnovers and a strong dose of Trent Richardson proved to be the downfall of the Nittany Lions last weekend in Alabama, but after a solid week of practice Penn State will look to redeem itself in the national spotlight Saturday when Kent State visits Beaver Stadium.
However, the Flashes consider themselves legitimate contenders for the MAC championship this season, and could prove to be a challenge for Penn State. Kent State came close to establishing itself last weekend against Boston College as it led 6-3 at halftime, but fell shy with a 26-13 loss.
The running game has been a problem for the Nittany Lions so far this season, and the struggle could continue this weekend. Opposing offenses have mustered only 0.4 rushing yards per carry this season, as Kent State currently stands as the No.1 ranked rushing defense in the entire country.
The defense is led by the outstanding linebacker Cobrani Mixon, a former Michigan Wolverine. The senior head-hunter tallied 15 tackles against Boston College, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards.
Kent State will start sophomore Spencer Keith as quarterback. He tossed 201 yards, scored a touchdown and completed two interceptions against the Eagles.
Similar to Alabama, the Flashes will also be without their proven running back, Eugene Jarvis. Receiving threat Jacquise Terry, who has two touchdown receptions, will take over the primary tailback role.
After a brutal match-up against the Crimson Tide last weekend, Penn State will look to reignite its dominance over the Flashes. Kent State fans believe their team is one of the best teams to come through Kent, and they will look to prove that in State College.