Sep 14, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Central Florida Knights. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Preview

Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2)

1st year head coach Paul Haynes brings his 1-2 Kent State squad to Happy Valley this weekend, where he figures to face an angry group of Nittany Lions.  Both teams come into Saturday’s contest off of losses.  Kent State dropped a 45-13 game in Baton Rouge to then 8th ranked LSU, while PSU of course looks to rebound from the 34-31 loss to UCF.

Haynes, who took over the KSU program following Darrell Hazell’s departure to Purdue may be without his top weapon, as do everything running back Dri Archer is considered questionable as he looks to recover from a lingering ankle injury suffered in the Flashes’ season opening win over Liberty.  Without Archer, who racked up over 2,000 yards of total offense and 23 touchdowns a year ago, the Kent State offense becomes much more ordinary.  Without Archer, the Flashes rank in the bottom of FBS in points per game, as well as passing and rushing yardage

An ordinary offense may be just what Penn State’s beleaguered defense needs after surrendering over 500 yards and struggling all night against the Knights.  With just one game left before entering Big 10 play (after a bye next week), a solid defensive performance would go a long way to calming the nerves of Penn State fans.

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