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 Kent St. looks to finish strong against OU
          By TOM WITHERS                 Kent State.                                 didn’t 74-yarder that became one
           AP Sports Writer                 They’ve already eclipsed the             of those plays looped day and night
                                         school record for wins set by the           on ESPN.
   KENT — The division has been          1973 team that was coached by Don              Racing down the left sideline,
clinched and along with it a spot in     James and included Hall of Fame             the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Archer
next week’s Mid-American Confer-         linebacker Jack Lambert and Ala-            appeared to be stopped near
ence championship. After that, a         bama coach Nick Saban, a skinny             midfield by several defenders.
trip to a bowl game.                     safety back in those days. There            He momentarily vanished before
   Kent State, ranked in The Associ-     hasn’t been an 8-0 team in the MAC          emerging like a surfer lucky to stay
ated Press Top 25 for the first time     East in conference play since Miami         on his board in a monster wave. He
since 1973, has rarely had it so         in 2003.                                    cut back across the field, picked
good. And, it would appear there            Hazell is weary of the Bobcats           up a few blockers and jetted to the
is little to be gained on Friday in a    (8-3, 4-3), who knocked off Penn            end zone.
conference finale against Ohio.          State to open the season and were              Even as he watched the tape,
   Truth is, everything’s at stake for   ranked just a few weeks ago before          Archer couldn’t believe what he
the Golden Flashes.                      dropping three of their last four.          had done.
   A win over the Bobcats would             “We are not going to do anything            “Wow, that really happened,”
complete the greatest regular sea-       we haven’t done for the past 11             said Archer, who rushed for a
son in Kent State football’s 90-year     weeks as far as preparation,” he            career-high 241 yards as Kent State
history. It would also bolster the       said. “It is a good Ohio football team      clinched the East. “It catches me
school’s bowl resume, send the           that has lost three games in the            off guard sometimes what I do, but
team’s seniors out in style and make     MAC. They are very dangerous. We            it turned out good for us. The only
coach Darrell Hazell an even hotter      have to do a good job in all phases         thing I was thinking about was not
commodity than he is already.            to be successful.”                          getting tackled.”
   It would be easy to coast to the         That’s been the key all season for          That’s now Ohio’s concern, and
finish line. Hazell won’t allow it.      Kent State.                                 Bobcats coach Frank Solich knows
   “This game is like every other           Among the nation’s best rushing          the only way his team has a chance
game on our schedule,” said Hazell,      teams, the Golden Flashes also lead         is to slow down Archer.
who in just two seasons has moved        all FBS schools in turnover mar-               “We’ve had some really good                                                                         • Associated Press
Kent State to the top of the under-      gin, and in junior running back/            playmakers in the MAC, but he’s
rated MAC. “We owe it to our             return specialist Dri Archer, have          something special,” Solich said. “I    Kent State’s Spencer Keith (3) hands the ball off to Dri Archer (1) dur-
seniors who take their last step         one college football’s most electrify-      think that you could place him in      ing the second half of the game against Bowling Green on Saturday.
in Dix Stadium. We are going to          ing players.                                any conference in the country and
play. We are all competitors. We are        Archer, whose blistering speed           he would be special. He’s not big,     that everyone that’s built around        Solich is confident his team can
going to play every single contest as    has attracted the attention of NFL          he’s got great speed and he’s very     him offensively doesn’t also have        give Kent State its best shot.
hard as we can to win the football       scouts, leads the nation in kick            fluid in his running style. You can    big plays.”                                 ”You better be a really good foot-
game. We are going to do every-          return average. He’s also fourth in         use him a lot of different ways, and     The Bobcats, who have never            ball team to win games, and you
thing we can to win.”                    all-purpose yards, tied for fifth in        Kent State does a great job with       beaten a ranked team in 15 tries, are    better have a little luck on the way,”
   The 23rd-ranked Golden Flashes        scoring and is averaging a mind-            that.                                  coming off a disappointing 52-27         he said. “We were a really good
(10-1, 7-0), who will face No. 24        blowing 10.3 yards per carry. In last          “If you let him get started, he’s   loss to Ball State on Nov. 14. But the   football team that didn’t have a lot
Northern Illinois in the MAC title       week’s win over Bowling Green,              got a shot at things. You’ve got to    extra time off has allowed a team        of luck. We’ll finish off very well. I
game next week, are trying to fin-       Archer reeled off two long touch-           control him some. He’s going to        that has had more than its share of      like the attitude of our team, and
ish off a season unlike any other at     down runs, including an oh-no-he-           have some big plays, you just hope     injuries some time to recover and        they’ll be ready to play.”

 QBs hurt for South Florida-Cincinnati game
          By JOE KAY                  Senior quarterback Bren-         South Florida lost B.J. Dan-    some shots. I don’t think we       onds. For the first time since        “I joked with Skip at media
       AP Sports Writer            don Kay hurt his non-throw-       iels to a broken left ankle       did a lot to help him — we         1987, they lost a game when        day,” Jones said. “I said, ‘I
                                   ing elbow during the game,        on Nov. 3. Bobby Eveld took       did drop six (passes). The         they gave up only 10 points.       hope we have a foot of snow.’
  CINCINNATI — South               leaving the possibility that      over and separated his left       receivers definitely need to          Cincinnati had been the         You know what, that doesn’t
Florida and Cincinnati are         Cincinnati could have to          shoulder during the first quar-   pick it up.”                       league’s top-ranked offense        matter. There’s nothing you
finishing off the season with      return to Munchie Legaux at       ter of a 40-9 loss to Miami          Floyd was nervous at            heading into the game.             can do about that because
their title hopes in tatters,      some point. Kay started the       last weekend. Matt Floyd fin-     the outset, but got a little          “We are not used to very        we’re working to get to eight
pretty much like their quar-       last two games in place of        ished it out and completed        smoother as the game went          many offensive performances        wins. We’re working to get
terbacks.                          the struggling Legaux and is      20 of 35 passes for 175 yards     on. The Bulls still couldn’t get   like that,” Jones said. “I told    to a quality bowl and it’s all
  Who will be able to play on      likely to start against South     with a pair of interceptions.     a touchdown.                       our offensive team that it’s       about winning.
Friday night? Will they get        Florida (3-7, 1-4).                 Like the Bearcats, the Bulls       “We moved the ball great,”      a standard and an expecta-            “If it’s a little (more) bitter
through a whole game? Or              The question is whether        couldn’t get into the end         Floyd said. “We’d go up the        tion around here, and putting      colder than usual, that would
get into the end zone?             he can make it through the        zone, settling for three field    field, then we’d stutter and       three points on the board is       be nice too.”
  The Bearcats (7-3, 3-2 Big       game.                             goals. Floyd is expected to       stop. We didn’t come out with      flat-out inexcusable.”                The Bulls will have the tur-
East) had their title hopes           “Both quarterbacks gain        make his first start on Friday    any points. We’ve shown we            The Bearcats will honor         tlenecks ready.
dashed by a 10-3 loss at home      equal repetitions like they       night.                            can move the ball offensively.     24 seniors before their final         “Just hope nobody comes
to league-leading Rutgers last     normally do and we will see         “I like the headiness the       Sometimes we make mis-             home game, which could             out in a scarf,” Holtz said. “It’s
Saturday. They’ve lost to both     how the elbow progresses,”        poise the way he handled          takes. Sometimes, we have          include challenging weather.       a mental thing, a toughness
the Scarlet Knights and Lou-       coach Butch Jones said.           himself, especially start-        to come up with big plays.”        A cold front is expected to        thing. It’s still about finding a
isville, ending their chances         The Bearcats have nothing      ing with a little adversity,”        The Bearcats avoided their      move through early Friday,         way to win.
of catching up with the front      on the Bulls when it comes to     coach Skip Holtz said. “Matt      first shutout since 2005 with      bringing rain, falling tempera-       “I will not be bundled up
runners.                           injured quarterbacks.             is a gutsy performer. He took     a field goal in the closing sec-   tures and wind gusts.              with gloves and a hat.”

  Steelers again turn
   to ageless Batch
              By CHRIS ADAMSKI
                Associated Press
                                                      “I feel comfortable with
                                                   Charlie. I feel like he can lead
   PITTSBURGH — Mike Wallace is in his
fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers,          us to victory any game he
so the wide receiver is familiar with all this
talk about Charlie Batch.                                      plays in.”
   Asked if it was at all concerning that the
man throwing the ball to him on Sunday will                        — Mike Wallace
                                                                   Steelers wide receiver
soon be 38 years old, Wallace shrugged.
   “He’s been old,” he said of Batch. “It’s not
like he just got old. Chuck’s been old since I       “Charlie’s a well-rounded quarterback
got here, so it’s nothing new.”                    who’s … comfortable running the majority
   Neither is Batch making a fill-in start for     of our offense,” offensive coordinator Todd
his hometown Steelers (6-4), who are at            Haley said. “He’s a veteran savvy guy who’s                                                                                         • ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cleveland (2-8) this weekend. For the eighth       an accurate thrower, short and long.”
time since he signed with Pittsburgh 11 years        In his most recent game, Batch completed             Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) makes a field goal as Dallas Cowboys’
ago, Batch will be under center to begin a         15 of 22 passes for 208 yards and a touch-             Tyrone Crawford (70) and Ben Bass (79) attempt to block it late in the second half of
game for the Steelers.                             down in a 27-0 win over St. Louis last Christ-
                                                                                                          the game on Thursday.
   No Steeler is older than Batch, whose           mas Eve. He is 5-2 as a starter with the Steel-
birthday is Dec. 5. He spent the first four        ers, and one of his losses was a meaningless
years of his career with Detroit, but only
nose tackle Casey Hampton was with Pitts-
burgh before Batch arrived.
   “They say Charlie built the building,” guard
                                                   outing in the 2007 season finale when Pitts-
                                                   burgh’s playoff seeding was wrapped up.
                                                     In recent years, Batch seemingly enters
                                                   every training camp as — at best — No. 3 on
                                                                                                          Griffin shines, Redskins
                                                                                                          hold off Cowboys, 38-31
Willie Colon deadpanned. “That’s what I            the depth chart, and there are whispers his
heard.”                                            roster spot is tenuous.
   Teammates might enjoy yukking it up               Then usually every year, he starts at least
when it comes to Batch’s age, but they’re          one game and excels.
happy they have him and more content than            “These opportunities don’t come often any-
could be reasonably expected for an NFL            more,” Batch said. “And here I am, getting up              By SCHUYLER DIXON            in the end zone by Santana        to throw four touchdown
team down to its third-string quarterback.         there in years. When you have this opportu-                   AP Sports Writer          Moss.                             passes in consecutive games.
   “I feel comfortable with Charlie,” Wallace      nity you cherish it.”                                                                      Tony Romo lost for the first     After the Cowboys pulled
said. “I feel like he can lead us to victory any     Batch, who said he had one of his better              ARLINGTON, Texas —              time in six starts on Thanks-     within a touchdown, Grif-
game he plays in. Just two years ago when          training camps, joked he’s “doing it for all the      Welcome back to Texas,            giving, despite a career-high     fin drove them into scoring
we played with him the first four games we         38-year-olds.”                                        RG3.                              441 yards and three second-       position again, calmly com-
were 3-1 so I’m excited about having Chuck           Some of the best quarterbacks in the game             Robert Griffin III threw for    half touchdowns, including        pleting three passes for first
out there.”                                        (Peyton Manning, 36, and Tom Brady, 35) are           311 yards and four touch-         the longest of his career         downs and running 5 min-
   Batch started two of those early season         close to Batch’s age. The 37-year-old Matt            downs, helping the Washing-       — an 85-yarder to Dez Bry-        utes off the clock before Kai
games while Ben Roethlisberger served a            Hasselbeck passed for 290 yards in beating            ton Redskins beat the Dallas      ant. Romo ran in a 2-point        Forbath made it 38-28 on a
four-game suspension and Byron Leftwich            the Steelers last month. Brett Favre was 41           Cowboys 38-31 on Thursday.        conversion after a TD throw       48-yard field goal.
and Dennis Dixon sat out with injuries.            when he played his final game — 40 when                 The Heisman Trophy win-         to Felix Jones and threw            Dallas drove to a field goal,
   This season, Roethlisberger and Leftwich        he had an MVP-caliber season with the Min-            ner from Baylor made the          another scoring pass to Bry-      but DeAngelo Hall easily
both have rib injuries. Leftwich relieved          nesota Vikings.                                       Cowboys look like an over-        ant to help Dallas close to       picked up the onside kick
Roethlisberger two weeks ago in a win over           “Charlie is Charlie,” receiver Emmanuel             matched college team during       35-28 with 8:24 remaining.        and ran untouched before
Kansas City and started this past Sunday’s         Sanders said. “He’s very smart, and he takes          the decisive second quarter          But Griffin answered —         sliding down short of the
loss to Baltimore.                                 pride in the minor details of his job.”               in Griffin’s first pro game in    twice, actually. After Romo’s     goal line, clinching Romo’s
   With most other teams, dropping down to           Wallace said Batch regularly asks more              his home state. He got some       long touchdown to Bryant,         third loss in three career 400-
the third-string QB — if they even have one        questions than anyone in the offensive meet-          help from his receivers,          Griffin threw his fourth scor-    yard games. It also was the
— more often than not means an inexperi-           ing room, and several players refer to the            including a leaping grab and      ing pass, a 29-yarder to Niles    Cowboys’ first loss to the
enced rookie. With the Steelers, it means one      quarterback as the proverbial “coach on the           long run from Pierre Gar-         Paul. The rookie became the       Redskins in seven games on
of the most tenured quarterbacks in the NFL.       field.”                                               con and some nifty footwork       first Redskins quarterback        Thanksgiving.

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