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Kent State's Dri Archer injures ankle, leaves game vs. Liberty

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Dri Archer is not playing in the second half of Kent State's game vs. FCS Liberty. (USATSI)
Dri Archer is not playing in the second half of Kent State's game vs. FCS Liberty. (USATSI)
Short of losing the game, one of the worst possible scenarios for Kent State came to pass in the Golden Flashes' season opener Thursday night vs. FCS Liberty.

KSU's preseason All-American kick returner and all-purpose threat Dri Archer "limped off field" after a run on the Flashes' first drive of the season, per the local Record-Courier. Archer returned briefly later in the half, but the Record-Courier reported that he had removed his shoulder pads and was wearing a boot on the Kent State sideline to begin the second half.

The official Kent State Twitter feed confirmed that Archer had injured his ankle, calling his return "questionable."

Kent State began a Heisman campaign for Archer in late July, and though no one outside of Kent is expecting Archer to actually bring it home, any chance of staying in the race will obviously hinge on his being able to return as soon as possible. (It might also help if the Golden Flashes can see off the Flames; as of this posting, Liberty leads 10-7.)

UPDATE: Kent State locked down on Turner Gill's offense in the second half, got a big late fourth-down stop, and won 17-10 despite the Archer injury.

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