“They’ve been effective at quarterback the last couple of weeks,” Miami coach Chuck Martin said “We have to make sure to keep enough hats on them to stop the run. Normally, on defense, you like to have one more (helmet) in the box than they have. When you have a quarterback like Holley, that’s a problem.”
Miami’s defense ranks first in the MAC in total defense in conference games, allowing 248 yards per game.
Five things to watch on Saturday:
Twin threat: Nick Holley isn't the only Holley about whom Miami has to worry. His twin brother, Nate, leads the nation with an average of 9.5 solo tackles per game and ranks second in total tackles with an average of 14.3 per game.
Who's under center: Sophomore Billy Bahl could return to action against Kent State, but it's more likely that true freshman Noah Wezensky would make his his second career start at quarterback. Wezensky's stats in two games have been remarkably similar. After entering the game in the second half against Ohio, he went 14-of-25 for 154 yards and a touchdown. Last Saturday, at Akron, he was 14-of-28 for 153 yards and one touchdown.
Hands on: Kent State senior linebacker Najee Murray leads the nation in pass breakups after logging five at Buffalo.
Good luck: "If we want to win the game on Saturday, we've got to win the turnover battle," Martin said.
Kent State hasn’t committed a turnover in its last two games and ranks third in the MAC with a plus-three turnover margin. Miami ranks 10th in the 12-team conference at minus-five.
Ball control: One way to limit the Nick Holley threat is to keep the ball out of his hands. Miami has led four of its first six opponents in time of possession.