***Frustratingly, other things got in the way this week, which is why this is coming out on Tuesday. Here is the article***
Following Kent State's 41-10 victory over Murray State in the season' opener, Head Coach Doug Martin expressed his concern over turnovers for his young offense.
Those concerns were validated after five turnovers drowned the Flashes chances of upsetting a highly regarded ACC opponent in Boston College, falling to the Eagles 26-13.
The good--and bad--news is the game was in Kent State's hands for three quarters, even with All-MAC running back Eugene Jarvis and pass-rush specialist Monte Simmons sitting out.
Three interceptions (two by Spencer Keith) and two muffed punts--most notably dri Archer's second muffled punt while down by a single touchdown late in the third quarter--overshadowed a nice performance from Keith and a superb effort from Kent's defense.
Boston College quickly cashed in on Dri Archer's second lost punt, taking a 20-6 lead and taking command.
The flashes defense alloted 26 points, but that number is inflated as the Eagles started six drives--five via turnovers--in Kent State territory.
In reality, combine the Eagles' offense, five turnovers and the loss of Monte Simmons, and it could (and should) have been much, much worse.
Linebackers Cobrani Mixon (15 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack) and Dorian Wood (six tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one forced fumble) took the opportunity on a bigger stage to shine. Wood also applied the pressure on quarterback David Shinskie that led to an interception by Norman Wolfe Jr.
Wolfe and Belgrave shared time at the cornerback spot opposite Josh Pleasant.
Quarterback Spencer Keith threw for 201 yards on 23-36 passing, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Those finals numbers aren't too shabby, especially with Kent State's offense becoming one dimensional after the running game could never get off the ground. Facing Boston College on the road while everyone in the stadium knows a pass is coming isn't the way a sophomore quarterback would hope to spend his Saturday afternoon, but Keith kept his composure to keep Kent within striking distance.
As a team, KSU rushed for four yards with an average of 0.2 yards per carry. There's really no reason to expect that to improve next Saturday against Penn State--Jarvis is expected to miss that game as well.
Much of the passing attack is geared for the perimeter, but Keith did a very nice job of finding the middle of the field, especially on third down. It's time to really open up the playbook and utilize the seams, meaning more targets for TE Justin Thompson.
Tyshon Goode resumed his normal duties as Keith's go-to receiver, bringing in seven passes for 53 yards.
Sam Kirkland, last week's breakout receiver, gained only 24 yards on three catches.
Dri Archer did what he could to redeem himself after scoring on a 32-yard pass play with just over two minutes remaining. Archer totaled six catches for 41 yards.