Ohio returns home on Saturday to take on Kent State at Peden Stadium this afternoon. Ohio (3-1) and Kent State(1-3) are the only teams in the MAC East, who have not played a league game this season. A win over Kent State would move Ohio to 4-1 on the season. The last time Ohio began a season 4-1 was in 1997.The Bobcats have never started a season 4-1 under Frank Solich.
Quarterback Tyler Tettleton is just 252 yards shy of moving into second place all-time for most passing yards by a sophomore. The Norman Okla. native has thrown for over 275 yards in each of the last two weeks. Tettleton has thrown for 910 yards and 10 touchdowns this season against only one pick. Redshirt senior LaVon Brazill needs 52 yards receiving to move into fifth-place all-time in career receiving yards. He is currently sixth all-time with 1,568. The Ohio rushing attack has proven to be a model of consistency throughout the 2011 season. In three of the Bobcats’ first four games this season, Ohio has surpassed 200 yards rushing.
Ohio has completed passes to 15 different receivers this season. Ohio is also one of only five teams in the MAC that have four receivers with 100 yards receiving or more. The Ohio offensive live is one of the most experienced units in all of D1 football boasting an interior core that has made 115 career starts between them. That's good for 9th in the nation.
Kent State enters Saturday’s contest in the hopes of collecting its second victory on the year. Last week, the Golden Flashes picked up their first win of the season under the direction of first-year head coach Darrell Hazell. Kent State returns 14 starters from last year’s squad that finished with a 5-7 mark. The KSU defensive unit enters Saturday’s contest as one of the best in the nation at forcing turnovers. The Flashes are tied for third with eight picks and are tied for sixth in the country with 12 takeaways. Offensively, the Kent State backfield features true freshmen Trayion Durham and Anthony Meray, who have combined for 300 yards this season. Meray had a pair of rushing TDs last Saturday. The key to Ohio U's success will be in addition to taking care of the ball the ability to sustain long successful drives wearing down the Golden Flashes and establishing time of possession.
What makes the Bobcats so dangerous and far more balanced than their opposition is that they can hurt you behind the efficiency of Tettleton in the passing game while mixing it up with the run increasing the pace. Ohio is averaging 5 ypc and 5 TD including 3 by Tettleton who has ran for 127 yards (4.0), Ryan Boykin (50-242 4.8 1 TD) and Donte Harden (36-217 6.0). That spells a ton of trouble for Spencer Keith (388 yds 3 TD 4 INT) who has completed only 45% of his passes and won't be able to match his predecessor's consistency. Couple the fact that the running game is averaging only 93 yards and a 2.7 ypc, Kent may have to rely on their depleted defense, which yields 34 ppg to make some plays. Ohio rolls by at least 3 scores. Best of luck however you play!