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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
“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.