Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The surprising Golden Flashes and struggling Black Knights face off Saturday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes will try to keep their surprisingly strong start to the 2012 season alive when they face Army on Saturday at West Point. Kent State opened as a one-point underdog, but have since become a two-point favorite against the 1-4 Black Knights.
At 4-1, Kent State is off to its best five-game start since 1977 and has won eight of its last ten games, stretching back to 2011. The Flashes are led by a two-man running attack that has generated 201 rushing yards per game, with sophomore Trayion Durham and junior Dri Archer each recording more than 400 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. The passing game has been tepid by comparison, with quarterback Spencer Keith completing just 55.8% of his pass attempts, and the team is averaging under 200 yards a game through the air.
Army picked up its first win of the season last week when it upset Boston College, 34-31. The win was somewhat stunning, as the Black Knights were winless in four games and had been blown out the week before by Stony Brook, an FCS program. Army leads the nation in rushing, averaging almost 400 yards per game on the ground and just 54 passing yards per game. The Knights' biggest problem has been on defense, where they rank 110th of the 124 FBS programs in scoring defense, conceding more than 37 points per game.
The game is scheduled to kick off at noon ET, with television coverage available on CBS Sports Network.