Opponent Vitals: Getting to Know the Kent St. Golden Flashes

September 2, 2012; Louisville, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Maxwell Smith (11) tries to throw the ball against the Louisville Cardinals during the second half of play at Papa John's Cardinals Stadium. Louisville defeated Kentucky 32-14. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

Tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM, the Kentucky Wildcats will kick off their second game of the season against the Kent St. Golden Flashes in Commonwealth Stadium. Here are some fundamentals about Kent St.:

School Information
Name Kent State University
Location Kent, Ohio
Founded 1910
Enrollment 42,000
Nickname Golden Flashes
Colors Navy blue and gold
Mascot "Flash" the Golden
Conference Mid-American (MAC) East
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Darrell Hazell
HC record at school 6-7, 2nd season as head coach
HC overall record Same
Team information
First year of football 1920
All-time record 316-506-28/90th season
Bowl record 0-2
Last bowl 1972 Tangerine
2011 record overall 5-7
2011 MAC record 4-4/3rd in division
Offensive returning starters 9
Defensive returning starters 9

The Golden Flashes defeated their first-game opponent Towson St.Tigers, 42-21.

Notables:

  • Kick returner Dri Archer (Jr.) - Returned 2 kickoffs for 155 yards and a touchdown, and gained 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries.
  • Eric Adeyemi is now a Golden Flash, and most of you will remember him as a Kentucky Wildcat. He transferred from UK to Kent St. after the 2009 season. He has 6 career starts for Kent St., but is in a reserve role so far this year.
  • Tyshon Goode, Kent St.'s leading receiver from last year, injured a hamstring in fall practice and has yet to return. He is doubtful for this game.
  • C.J. Malauulu, senior Will linebacker, was the second leading tackler in 2011 and will be all over the field tomorrow.
  • Kent St. has a +6 turnover ratio at the moment, leading the nation.
  • Kent St. allowed almost as many yards passing (246) as UK did (247) in their first game
  • Kentucky is averaging 48 net yards per punt. Kent St., 38
  • Kent St. converted only 36% of their third downs against Towson St. UK converted 54% of third downs against Louisville.
  • Luke Batton is Kent St.'s leading tackler last year, and along with Malauulu, form a formidable linebacking corps.
  • Kent St. has never won a football game against Kentucky in six tries. In fact, Kent St. has never been closer than 18 points to UK.
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