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Wolfe sidelined indefinitely by a broken arm

The Sports Xchange

--Senior CB Norman Wolfe is out indefinitely because of a broken arm. He was injured in the first quarter against Kentucky and didn't return. The injury comes at a bad time for a defense that played so poorly in the 47-14 loss to the Wildcats. Wolfe has eight career interceptions, including one in the opener.

--DT Rossevelt Nix was held to two tackles against Kentucky, but one came at Kent State's goal line and stopped a drive in the third quarter. The junior has 10 tackles, including one sack, this season.

--QB Spencer Keith has gone seven consecutive games without an interception. He completed 28-of-43 passes for 287 yards against Kentucky.

Series is tied 9-9 (last meeting, 2009, 9-6, Buffalo).

Good news and bad news came out of the Kentucky game. Kent State gained 409 total yards, including 182 on the ground, and kept the ball for 35:51. However, those positive numbers resulted in only 14 points. The Flashes drove inside Kentucky's five-yard line twice in the fourth quarter, but came away with no points. Kent State obviously needs to take advantage of those opportunities, especially in road games, and when the defense plays poorly.

Coming off their poor performance against Kentucky, the Flashes sustained another setback when they learned CB Norman Wolfe is out indefinitely because of a broken arm. Kent State has a crucial hole to fill. The Flashes couldn't handle Kentucky's no-huddle, spread offense. That's a strategy future opponents are sure to try. Big plays were also a problem against the Wildcats, who scored on plays of 67, 38 and 56 yards.

"Every road game in our league is tough. We know that. We have to go up there and play well in order to win." -- Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, on the Mid-American Conference opener at Buffalo on Sept. 19.

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