Kent State (2-6, 1-4 Mid-American Conference) vs. Buffalo (1-7, 1-5)
1:30 p.m. Saturday in UB Stadium (Radio 550 AM, 1280 AM)
Kent State: The Golden Flashes snapped a five-game losing streak last week versus Ohio, 42-16. . . . QB Joshua Cribbs rushed for a career-best 223 yards and two TDs, and passed for 150 yards and another score in the victory. . . . This is the Golden Flashes' first road game in nearly a month.
UB: The Bulls are looking to even their record at 2-2 under coach Jim Hofher following a bye week. . . . True freshman CB James Evans has interceptions in back-to-back weeks and is second in the MAC with six INTs. . . . Senior WR Matt Knueven needs 91 yards to move into eighth place on the school's career receiving yards list.
Outlook: A Bulls victory could be as simple as containing Cribbs, Kent's blowtorch of a QB who is 218 yards shy of breaking the league's rushing record for QBs (3,597). A threat to run or pass, Cribbs is a big play waiting to happen, but even if UB does limit Cribbs, it must find a way to score after producing just 21 points in back-to-back losses to Miami and Marshall. Junior P.J. Piskorik should start at QB, but freshman Datwan Hemingway, who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, should play in a quarterback rotation.
THIEL VS. BUFFALO STATE
Thiel (7-2) vs. Buffalo State (3-5)
1 p.m. Saturday at Coyer Field
Thiel: The Tomcats have won their last four, and a win Saturday would give them a school-record eight. . . . WR Brandon Chambers holds the school record for most receiving yards in a career with 1,603. . . . The Tomcats are plus-12 in turnover margin.
Buffalo State: QB Mike Mikolaichik threw for 183 yards and rushed for 94 in the Bengals' 26-0 win last week over Plymouth. . . . The Bengals limited Plymouth to just 112 yards of total offense, including 21 yards passing. . . . The shutout was the first for the Bengals since defeating Kean, 38-0, in 1997.
Outlook: Because of a heavy emphasis on recruiting during the offseason, coach Paul Shaffner has improved the Bengals in his first season, and they already have their most wins since 2000, when they finished 7-4. Defense is the reason for the turnaround, especially through the air (allowing 129.4 yards per game), where the Bengals have one the stingiest secondaries in the Atlantic Central Football Conference. They will be tested this week against QB Darrell Satterfield, who has passed for 1,730 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.