Kent State Visits Rutgers in an Attempt to Give Scarlet Knights First Loss

Mark BatorAnalyst IIOctober 24, 2012

Kent State and Army are the next two opponents for the Scarlet Knights.
Kent State and Army are the next two opponents for the Scarlet Knights.Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE

Last week's victory over Temple did little to convince those who feel that Rutgers is a pretender in the BCS standings.

This week, however, brings Kent State—a team currently 6-1 with a five game winning streak. In all likelihood, Kent State will be heading to a bowl game this postseason.

A big part of the Golden Flashes' success this year is senior quarterback Spencer Keith. The 6'3" native of Little Rock, AR sports a QB rating of 114.8 this season (95-of-171 for 1,042 yards) with six TD passes.

Two favorite targets of Keith are freshman wide receiver Josh Boyle (20 receptions for 280 yards and two TDs) and running back Dri Archer. With 20 receptions so far this season, Archer has also scored three touchdowns as a receiver.

But Kent State has lived on the run this season with two talented backs.

Archer, a 5'8" junior from Laurel, FL is also the team's top rusher, having amassed 687 yards and eight touchdowns already this year. The second half of the Golden Flashes' one-two punch is sophomore Trayion Durham, whose 649 yards and seven touchdowns make him a threat equal to Archer.

With Kent State 6-1 and Rutgers 7-0 this season, the teams are remarkably similar in success, especially when one considers that each is 4-0 in their respective conferences.

It would also serve the Scarlet Knights well to note that Kent State has scored 31 or more points in five of their six wins this season and that MAC teams have matched up well against the Big East in 2012.

"They’re aware of the teams in the MAC conference that have had success against the Big East and other conferences this year," head coach Kyle Flood said of his players (as reported by Andrea Adelson on "That happens every year."

Rutgers relied on their defense last week to keep the game close at 10-0 before the offense exploded in the second half with 35 unanswered points on the way to a victory.

“To have players that have enough composure that when those things are going against you, to come out and play a good clean second half, those are the signs of a good football team,” said Flood in summarizing the team's effort against Temple (as reported by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger on

But if the Knights are looking ahead to the final three weeks of the season when they finish up against an all-Big East stretch, they can easily stumble this week or next week against Army.

It's a message that Kyle Flood drills into his team each week as the undefeated season continues.

"You better be ready to compete every week," preaches Flood (per Andrea Adelson on, "because you’re going to be playing against good players."

Game Time: Saturday, Oct. 27, 3:30pm at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J. Television coverage: ESPN3