FACTS & STATS: Site: Scott Stadium (61,500) — Charlottesville, Virginia.
Television: ESPN3. Home Record: Kent State 0-2, Virginia 2-1. Away Record:
Kent State 0-1, Virginia 0-1. Neutral Record: Kent State 0-0, Virginia 0-0.
Conference Record: Kent State 0-1, Virginia 1-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: Coming off an offensive explosion in a loss last Saturday, the
Virginia Cavaliers return home this weekend to face the Kent State Golden
Flashes at Scott Stadium.
Virginia is coming off a 41-33 setback to then 21st-ranked BYU last Saturday.
Cavaliers QB Greyson Lambert passed for 188 yards and an interception before
leaving the game in the third quarter following a big hit with a lower leg
Matt Johns came in and played well, completing 14-of-23 passes for 139 yards
and a touchdown, but Virginia’s comeback effort fell short when BYU recovered
an on-sides kick with less than two minutes left in the game.
It is unclear at this point who is starting at QB for the Cavaliers against
Kent State, when UVA will be wearing throw-back uniforms modeled to the style
of the 1967-74 teams.
Either way, UVA is coming off a record setting offensive output. The Cavaliers
set a program record with 102 offensive plays, breaking the previous record of
98 plays against South Carolina in 1968, and also recorded 35 first downs, the
third-most in a game in program history.
UVA also held the ball for 40:55 against the Cougars and outgained BYU,
519-332. Not putting the ball in the end zone turned out costly for UVA, as
the Cavaliers were twice inside BYU’s five-yard line and had to settle for a
field goal each time.
Offensively, UVA is averaging 30.2 points per game on 380 yards. Lambert has
completed 65 percent of his passes for 564 yards with two touchdowns and four
interceptions. Canaan Severin has 165 yards receiving this season to lead the
On the defensive side, the Cavaliers allow nearly 26 points per game, yielding
348 yards per contest. Henry Coley has a team-leading four sacks, forcing two
fumbles, while Daquan Romero paces the program with 36 total tackles.
Kent State most recently took the field back on September 13 when it got
throttled by Ohio State, 66-0, in Columbus. It marked the third loss in as
many games for the Golden Flashes this season.
J.T. Barrett finished 23-of-30 passing for 312 yards with six touchdowns and
one interception and Curtis Samuel ran for 100 yards with two scores for Ohio
State, which was never threatened by KSU. The Buckeyes rolled up 628 total
yards against the overmatched Golden Flashes, who also lost to Ohio University
and South Alabama to start the season. Kent State managed just 10 first downs
and 126 yards of total offense.
Colin Reardon threw for 76 yards on 14-of-27 passing with three interceptions
in defeat. For the season, Reardon, a sophomore, has completed just 56.5
percent of his passes for 553 yards with four touchdowns and four
He leads a Golden Flashes offense that has averaged just nine points per game
this season, registering just 232.7 yards per contest. On the ground, Kent
State averages only 47.3 yards per game, while tallying just 185.3 yards
through the air per outing.
Defensively, Nate Holley leads a unit that allows 470 yards and 35.3 points
per game. Holley has 41 total tackles. His average of 13.7 tackles per game
leads the Mid-American Conference.
Despite the lopsided numbers, Kent State still leads the MAC with a plus-three
turnover margin, having not lost a fumble yet this season. The Golden Flashes
first two losses came down to the last minute of each game.
A win in this game would be the Flashes’ first against a “power conference”
since defeating Rutgers (Big East) in 2012.
Even though this will be the first-ever meeting between these two programs,
don’t expect Kent State to sneak up on Virginia. The Cavs need the win before
heading into ACC play for the rest of the season starting next weekend. The
Golden Flashes just don’t have enough offense to keep up with UVA, but the
Cavalier defense should allow Kent State to put up some more points than their
nine points per game average.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia 42, Kent State 21