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Notes and quotes folling KSU's big win over OU

By Darrin Werbeck Published: November 20, 2013
  • Senior Roosevelt Nix had six tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss.  He finished his career with a Kent State record 65.0 tackles for loss, 10 ahead of second place Micahael Zele (1975-78). He totaled 12 forced fumbles and 24.0 sacks, one behind KSU's career sack leader Justin Parrish.
  • Nose tackle Nate Terhune ran 61 yards for his first career touchdown on a fake punt.  He has two career carries for 92 yards on fake punts.
  • Senior Dri Archer scored his 38th, 39th and 40th career touchdowns bring his season total to 11.  He moved into second place among Kent State’s career leaders in touchdowns, just one behind leader Josh Cribbs (41).  He finished third in career all-purpose yards with 4,980.  Archer moved into a tie for ninth place with Trayion Durham in career rushing touchdowns (24).  Archer ranks ninth in career rushing yards with 2,267.  His 2,405 rushing yards are the ninth most in KSU history
  • Sophomore Anthony Melchiori made a career-long 47-yard field goal.  He made a career-high three field goals.
  • Junior Malcolm Pannell had his second interception in as many games and third of the season.
  • Senior Tyshon Goode finished his career second in career receptions with 181, second in receiving yards with 2,272 and third in touchdown catches with 14.  He made five grabs for 55 yards Tuesday night.
  • Senior Luke Wollet finished tied for seventh in career interceptions with 12 and totaled 279 career tackles.
  • Junior Chris Humphrey has made a catch in 20 straight games.
  • Redshirt freshman Colin Reardon went his second straight game without throwing an interception.
  • Freshman Nate Holley made a career-high 12 tackles.
  • Kent State’s 44 points scored were the most this season.  It was the Flashes’ largest margin of victory this season.
  • The Flashes allowed just two touchdowns in their final three games.
  • Kent State won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
  • The Flashes have won eight straight weeknight games.
  • Kent State earned wins over its two rivals from the southern part of the state (Ohio & Miami) in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1986-87.
  • The Flashes ran for over 300 yards for the second straight game.
  • Kent State’s 29 first downs and 537 yards of total offense were season-highs.
  • Ohio’s opening drive was an opponent’s eighth straight trip to the redzone without scoring a touchdown.
  • The Flashes have won five of the last seven meetings against Ohio and are 5-4 against the Bobcats during the Frank Solich era.

Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich
Opening statement
“We’re a football team that’s spiraling down, and we’re struggling trying to bring ourselves out of it.”

On game’s turning point
“The punting game fell apart. That was very costly. As the second half unfolded, we weren’t able to put together third-down conversions to keep ourselves on the field.”

On team’s struggles in the second half of the season
“It’s a mystery, in terms of, we played pretty well after the Louisville game for a stretch there, played some pretty good football teams in Marshall and North Texas State. I thought that we would be a football team that, as the season went on, we would get better and better, but that has not materialized.“

On team’s focus
“Focus is something that you always address as a coach to your team. That’s something that you continually need to keep coming back to, because, obviously, without focus – regardless of talent – you aren’t going to be very good.”

On redshirt senior cornerback Travis Carrie
"He is a strong competitor, and to play banged up says a lot for him. He didn’t practice this week, and so to be able to come back and play strong is a sign of what his character is all about.”

 

Tyler Tettleton: Ohio Quarterback
On next week’s regular season finale against UMass
“We want to finish this thing off right. I know I do. I am trying to win this last game and I know the seniors feel the same way.”

On team’s offensive struggles in the final three quarters
“We were making plays. We were moving fast and the tempo was good. I don’t know if we lost track of that or just weren’t executing later in the game.”

 

Nathan Carpenter: Ohio Safety
On Kent State running back Dri Archer
“We contained him fairly well, but he broke loose on a coupe big plays that hurt us.”

On team’s defensive struggles
“Our defense came out pretty strong and played well. Things don’t always go your way. You have a few bad punts and get put in bad field position. A lot of other things account for that as well. Our defense didn’t step up and stop them.”

 

Kent State Head Coach Paul Haynes
On finishing season strong
"To send our seniors out the right way on a two-game winning streak is good for our program going into the offseason. To come out with two good wins just catapults us to have a good offseason."

On team’s emotions after the game
"It's awesome. The kids are excited, and I'm excited for them. We probably played our best game tonight, which is awesome to sit there and see them put all three phases together."

On important of ending the season strong
"It's very important, because we can sit there and break them down a little bit more in the offseason, and then we will build them back up. For them to have the confidence to play so well is huge going into the offseason."

On fifth-year senior running back Dri Archer’s performance
"Dri is awesome, and our offensive line did a good job for blocking. The receivers did a good job blocking on the perimeter, but you don’t make big runs without everyone else doing their job. It's just a team effort, and Dri played awesome tonight."

On junior defensive lineman Nate Terhune’s fake punt run for a TD
"It was unbelievable. After he got the first down I was excited, and then I saw he did a little leap, and I was more excited. He is a great player. It doesn't surprise me because of his work ethic and his drive, but, hopefully, that will make ESPN's Top Ten."

 

Kent State Defensive Lineman Nate Terhune
On his fake punt run for a touchdown

"I had visualized that leap since last year when we played Bowling Green, and I tried to hurdle that guy and didn't get my leg high enough. That's how I had imagined the play to go all along, but I couldn’t have done it without the guys up front getting good blocks. I just had to beat one guy."

On trending on Twitter
"Pretty cool. I don’t have a Twitter, so I won't be able to check myself, but that's pretty cool to know."

On “Fat Guy Touchdown” reference
"I think I saw that, too. I'll embrace it. That's fine with me."

On emotion in the locker room after the game
"We were all pretty happy. The season itself didn't start out the way we wanted it to, but we finished it the way it should have. That was huge for the seniors, and I was just so happy for them."

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