KENT STATE (2-4, 1-1) @ EASTERN MICHIGAN (0-5, 0-2)
Saturday, October 17, 2009 | 4:00P.M. EDT
Rynearson Stadium | Ypsilanti, Michigan
Radio: WNIR/100.1 FM (Tom Linder, Rob Polinsky & Ty Linder)
Series: KSU leads 14-13, the teams have traded wins and losses in each of the last six meetings, dating back to 1996.
KSU in Ypsilanti: 5-8
Last meeting: KSU 14, EMU 6 | November 17, 2006
Eastern Michigan History: EMU has not had a winning season since 1995 and has not won more than four games since then. They are 41-112 since. EMU's only Bowl Game appearance came in 1987 when they defeated San Jose State 30-27 in the California Bowl.
Eastern Michigan Quick Facts
- Ron English is in his first season at EMU. Last year he was the defensive coordinator at Louisville and before that he was at Michigan.
- Former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel is visiting practice this week to help the team out, according to English.
- EMU QB Andy Schmitt was lost for the season with a torn ACL during a September 19 loss at Michigan. Schmitt is 3rd in career passing yards, tied for 4th in career touchdowns, and 2nd in completions in Eastern Michigan history. EMU has scored 20 points in the two games since losing Schmitt.
- Kyle McMahon has taken over at QB since then. Freshman Alex Gillett played in the first quarter last week vs. CMU but English has indicated that McMahon will start Saturday but both should play.
- Cleveland Glenville product Jacory Stone leads the team with 25 receptions for 255 yards and a TD. Before the season Stone was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
- Eastern Michigan is 119th in the country in rushing defense, allowing 262 yards a game. They are 116th in scoring offense at 15 points a game and 118th in total offense at 272.6 yards a game. They have been out scored on average 15-35.8 for a minus 20.8 differential.
- Senior linebacker Andre Hatchett leads the team in tackles with 42 and 2.5 tackles for loss.
BOUNCING BACK EMOTIONALLY
The big theme of the week for Kent State football is how they need to bounce back mentally and emotionally and put a devastating loss to Bowling Green behind them. "We're going to work all week on getting our players emotionally ready to play this football game and come out with a full heart and banded together," head coach Doug Martin said. "We're really excited about it; our coaches are excited about it; our players are excited about it. We're just looking forward to playing a good football team and playing well ourselves."
FINISHING THE GAME
Kent State gets another opportunity to bounce back and play well in the closing moments of a game, whether that game is close or not. KSU’s inability to finish the game last week with BG led to them being 1-1 in the MAC instead of 2-0. "We just have to play better against Eastern Michigan when we get down to crucial times," Martin said. "For 56 minutes we played really good defense. We had the last four minutes that we didn't. When we get to Eastern Michigan we've got to finish the end of the game, no matter what the situation is; offensively and defensively."
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
It’s not often that Kent State is fully expected to win a football game on the road. Kent State needs to take control of this game from the opening kickoff and not let Eastern Michigan smell a victory. Ron English and his group would love to get their first victory of the season and try to see some results to the program that is being installed in Ypsilanti. Kent State needs to go to Athens the following week to play Ohio at 2-1, and with the chance to play a very meaningful game in the MAC East.