College Football preview: Miami vs. Kent State

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College Football preview: Miami vs. Kent State

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OXFORD, OH - OCTOBER 07: Kenny Young #3 of the Miami Ohio Redhawks jumps over Torrian Hampton #34 of the Bowling Green Falcons during the first half on October 7, 2017 in Oxford, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Who: Miami (2-1, 1-1 Mid-American Conference East Division) at Kent State (1-5, 0-2 MAC East).

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Dix Stadium (25,319), Kent, Ohio.

Series notes: Miami leads, 48-16, including 22-8 at Kent. RedHawks have won two of the last three games, including 18-14 last season, the first of six straight Miami wins to end the regular season.

Coaches: Miami, Chuck Martin, nine seasons, 87-37, 13-21 in four Miami years; Kent State, Paul Haynes, five seasons, 13-40.

Stat pack: Miami – QB Gus Ragland 96-180, 1,398 yards, 12 TDs, 4 ints; Kenny Young, 358 rushing yards, 4.7 avg., 2 TDs; WR James Gardner 26 catches, 535 yards, 5 TDs; LB Brad Koenig 45 tackles, 29 solo; Kent State – QB George Bollas 27-56, 322 yards, 0 TD, 4 ints; RB Justin Rankin 169 rushing yards, 3.7 avg., 0 TD; Rankin, 13 catches, 116 yards, 1 TD; LB Jim Jones, 50 tackles, 23 solo.

Local flavor: Sr. RB Miles Hibbler, Troy; Jr. OL Davonte James, Springfield (West Virginia); Fr. DB Raymond James, Wayne; Fr. TE Nathan Monnin, Piqua; Sr. DE Marques Moore, Springfield.

The facts: Former Miami wide receiver and coach Don Treadwell is Kent State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. … The Golden Flashes have lost four straight games, including 27-13 to Buffalo at home two weeks ago and 24-3 at Northern Illinois last Saturday. … Sophomore punter Derek Adams leads the MAC with an average of 45.8 yards per punt. … Kent State ranks last in the 12-team MAC in average scoring, total offense and passing and second-last in average points allowed and average yards allowed. … The Golden Flashes are last in the MAC with a 54.5 percentage (6-of-11) on trips inside the red zone, including four field goals and two touchdowns. … They are 1-8 in their last nine games.

Quote: Haynes on Kent State settling for three points on two trips inside the red zone against the Huskies: “We had some opportunities to put some points on the board, and we didn’t do it. We have to make sure we get that corrected. We are getting opportunities and just nailing ourselves in the foot.”

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