The Kent State Flashes preview their upcoming football match where they will host Louisiana.

Kent State (0-1, 0-0 MAC) vs. Louisiana (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. EDT
Dix Stadium (20,500/FieldTurf) • Kent, Ohio
Radio: WNIR 100.1 FM (Ty Linder, Rob Polinsky & Dan Scotchmer)
Television: None • Internet video: www.KentStateSports.com

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The Opening Kick

On the heels of its season opening trip to Tuscaloosa to face second-ranked Alabama, Kent State starts up play at Dix Stadium Saturday night against Sun Belt opponent Louisiana. The two teams met previously in Lafayette in 2008.

The Golden Flashes have won four home openers in a row and Saturday's contest will mark the third consecutive year in a row the first game at Dix will be played under the lights. Kent State will continue to have a new look, as 20 players saw their first collegiate action last week.

Celebrating Heroes & Champions

Saturday's season opener against Louisiana will serve as both Heroes' and Champions Night. On the evening before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, the Kent State Department of Athletics will honor local military personnel and first responders, including fire, police and rescue squad members. In addition, all the Flashes' championship teams and individuals from the 2010-11 season will be recognized during a on-field ceremony prior to kick-off. Those same honorees will be signing autographs in the pregame Fan Experience in the Field House.

Facts In A Flash

• Junior quarterback Spencer Keith is ranked among the top six of Kent State's career leaders in six different categories. He has stated 20 games overall and 13 in a row.

• Junior wide receiver Tyshon Goode extended his catch streak to 21 consecutive games with three grabs at Alabama. He has at least one reception in 24 of the 25 games since arriving on campus.

• Sophomore lineman Roosevelt Nix was a consensus Freshman All-American after garnering MAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades, thanks to a 10.0 sack, 20.0 tackles for loss, four forced fumble campaign. He started off the season with a sack and 2.0 TFLs at Alabama, and was consistently in the backfield.

• Senior cornerbacks Norman Wolfe and Josh Pleasant Wolfe combined to record 120 tackles and seven interceptions in 2010. Both had interceptions in the opener against the Crimson Tide.

• Senior punter Matt Rinehart is a two-time first team All-MAC pick and the school's career leader in punting average at 41.5 yards. He boomed a career-high 12 punts for a 44.0 yard average at Alabama.

A Glance At The Series

Louisiana won the only previous meeting between the two teams, a 44-27 decision in Lafayette in 2008. Check out page 14 for the box score from that game.

Television

None. However, the game can be seen for free on www.kentstatesports.com by clicking on the Live Video button on the right side of the page.

Radio

For the fifth straight year, the excitement of Golden Flashes football can be found on flagship station WNIR 100.1 FM in Northeast Ohio as part of the Kent State Sports Network from IMG College. Ty Linder will handle the play-by-play duties and is joined in the booth for the second year in a row by color analyst Rob Polinsky. Kent State senior Dan Scotchmer joins the team this year as the sideline reporter.

Web Site

Live audio for all Kent State football game broadcasts, live video of select games and live stats are available via the K-Zone on the official athletic department web site (www.kentstatesports.com).

The Coaches

• Darrell Hazell (Muskingum '86) is 0-1 in his first season as a head coach, assuming the reins at Kent State on Dec. 20, 2010. Hazell spent the past seven seasons at Ohio State and is entering his 26th season on the collegiate sidelines. (For a complete Hazell bio see page 10.)

• Mark Hudspeth (Delta State '92) has an 0-1 record in his first season at the helm of the Ragin' Cajuns and a 66-22 mark in his eighth year overall as a head coach. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State, helping the team to an 9-4 mark in 2010, including a dominating 52-14 victory over Michigan in the Gator Bowl. Prior to that, Hudspeth went 66-21 (.795) in seven seasons as the head coach at North Alabama. He also spent a year as the offensive coordinator at Navy (2001) after getting his collegiate coaching start at his alma mater in 1999-2000.

Up Next

Kent State hits the road again next week to face Kansas State Sept. 17 in Manhattan, Kan. The first meeting between the two school will be broadcast on Fox College Sports. Meanwhile, Louisiana returns home to host Nicholls State on the same date.


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