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October 20, 2013

Archer comes up big but Kent State still falls

MOBILE, Ala. - Despite seeing Dri Archer break off his first big play of the season the Golden Flashes (2-6, 1-3 MAC) had no answer for South Alabama (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) after spotting them a 24-point lead in the second half and ultimately ended up falling 38-21.

Archer took a handoff through the middle of the line and went to the right sideline and pulled away from the defense before having to make a couple of players miss at the end to cap off a 74-yard TD run. But South Alabama rushed for 257 yards and had four touchdowns on the ground while Ross Metheny was efficient enough at quarterback.

Kent State quarterback David Fisher was 14/26 and had two touchdown passes in the 4th quarter while both Fisher and Archer ran for more than 100 yards each. The issue was outside of that tandem the rest of the offense accounted for less than 80 yards (between other rushers and receivers).

"It wasn't a very good game (for us)," head coach Paul Haynes said." It wasn't well executed, so I told them that I'll take all the blame. If we don't play well or like we should, that's on me. It won't happen again."

Fisher was under center for his first start after replacing Colin Reardon.

"He played tough and got a couple of good long runs for us to get us out of trouble a lot of times," Haynes said. "Again, it is a team effort. All the mistakes we're making, we can't make and I put that all on my shoulders."

Archer added a 73-yard touchdown reception from Fisher and ended the game with 199 yards combined rushing/receiving.

"Anytime he has a chance to touch the ball, he can score," Haynes said. "It's not a one-man show though. We need a lot of other people to show up and play and we got to put (the players) in the proper position and make them successful."

Kent State returns home for its next game, this time against Buffalo (5-2, 3-0 MAC) as the Golden Flashes enter the final third of the season. Kickoff is at 3:30 on Saturday against the Bulls.

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