Gus Ragland #14 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks passes the ball against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the third quarter of the game on September 15, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers defeated the Redhawks 26-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Kent State at Miami: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Kent State (1-5, 0-2 Mid-American Conference East Division) at Miami (2-4, 2-1 MAC East).

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Yager Stadium (24,286), Oxford.

Coaches: Kent State Sean Lewis, first season, 1-5 at Kent State, same overall; Miami Chuck Martin, fifth season, 18-37 at Miami, 92-44 overall.

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Last time: Last Oct. 14 at Dix Stadium in Kent, backup quarterback George Bollas took over in the second half and threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Justin Rankin and 84 yards to Mike Carrigan as Kent State came from behind for a 17-14 win. Miami took a 14-3 lead into halftime on Billy Bahl touchdown passes of 13 yards to James Gardner and two to Ryan Smith.

Series notes: Miami leads the series, 48-17, including 25-7 at Oxford. The Golden Flashes have won two of the last three games and four of the last six.

Stat pack: Kent State RB Justin Rankin 80 carries, 461 yards, 5.8 avg., 3 TDs; QB Woody Barrett 142-of-227 passing, 1,411 yards, 7 TDs, 7 int.; WR Isaiah McCoy 28 catches, 311 yards, 2 TDs; LB Matt Bahr 57 tackles, 31 solo.

Miami RB Alonzo Smith 65 carries, 290 yards, 48.3 avg., 2 TDs; QB Gus Ragland 114-of-187 passing, 1,231 yards, 9 TDs, 2 int.; WR Jack Sorenson 23 catches, 377 yards, 2 TDs; S De’Andre Montgomery 51 tackles, 28 solo.

Local flavor: So. WR Raymond James, Wayne; Jr. DB Richie Carpenter, Jr., Urbana; Fr. OL Mike Norris, IMG Academy; So. OL Nathan Monnin, Piqua.

Worth noting: Kent State’s record includes a 31-24 loss at Illinois in the opener and a heartbreaking 27-26 homecoming loss this past Saturday to preseason MAC favorite Ohio. … The Bobcats needed a touchdown with 1:28 left in the game to pull it out. … Freshman place-kicker Matthew Trickett was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week after becoming the first Golden Flashes’ kicker since 2014 to go 4-for-4 on field goals. He is 9-for-10 on the season, including a career-best 49-yard field goal to end the first half against Ohio. … The Golden Flashes’ defense is tied for second in the conference with six interceptions, but Kent State’s average of 94.7 penalty yards per game is more than any other team. … Kent State has drawn 65 flags, 16 more than the next-most-penalized MAC teams. … They committed 11 penalties for an even 100 yards against Ohio. … The Golden Flashes have allowed 24 sacks, the most of any MAC team.

Quotable: Lewis on the Golden Flashes beating themselves against Ohio: “You’re checking a lot of the boxes in your plan to win that say you should win the football game, but ultimately before you can win, you can’t beat yourself. In a game where there were a total of 162 snaps, we had three turnovers and 11 penalties. If on those 14 plays we are a little bit better, have a little bit more focus, then we’ll end up on the right side of the ledger.”

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