Kent State Golden Flashes preview

Running back Trayion Durham, who missed the entire 2014 season, has 2,712 career rushing yards, along with 24 touchdowns. Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Flashes seek their fourth winning season since 1978 -- an arduous task with two Big Ten squads on the docket.


How the Golden Flashes beat you: Senior RB Trayion Durham returns from a yearlong foot injury, which will beef up the play-action fake.

How you beat the Golden Flashes: The O didn’t crack 100 yards rushing until Week 7 in 2014, leading mistake-prone junior QB Colin Reardon to force—then bungle—plays in the pass game (16 INTs to 14 TDs).


How the Golden Flashes beat you: The D will aim to confuse with three- and four-man looks, emphasizing juniors Najee Murray and Elcee Refuge, who excel at the hybrid LB/DB “star” spot.

How you beat the Golden Flashes: MAC teams ran a conference-high 45 times per game on Kent State, and the defense had the fewest zero- or negative-yard stops.