NCAA Game Summary - Ball State at Kent State
(Saturday, September 29)
Final Score: Kent State 45, Ball State 43
Kent, OH (Sports Network) - Freddy Cortez kicked a 25-yard field goal with six
seconds remaining, lifting the Kent State Golden Flashes to a wild 45-43 win
over Ball State in a Mid-American Conference battle at Dix Stadium.
Spencer Keith threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Flashes
(3-1, 2-0 MAC), who eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the third straight
game. Dri Archer scored on a 99-yard kickoff return and finished with 104
yards and two TDs receiving, plus another 72 yards on the ground. Trayion
Durham led the rushing attack with 91 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
Keith Wenning threw for a career-high 445 yards and five touchdowns for the
Cardinals (3-2, 1-1), who were coming off back-to-back wins over teams from
BCS conferences. Willie Snead caught two of those TD passes and finished with
14 catches for 216 yards, both career-highs.
After a scoreless first quarter, Kent State's Durham capped a 12-play, 66-yard
drive with a one-yard touchdown run at the 13:27 mark of the second quarter.
Less than two minutes later, Ball State responded as Wenning found Jamill
Smith for a six-yard touchdown pass.
However, Kent State answered right back on the ensuing kickoff, as Archer
returned it 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Golden Flashes back on top.
A 31-yard field goal by Cardinals kicker Steven Schott trimmed the margin to
14-10 with 8:39 to play until halftime.
Kent State's offense went right back to work on the very next drive, which
resulted in a 23-yard TD pass from Keith to Archer.
Schott was successful on a 44-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in the
half, as the Cardinals went into the locker room trailing, 21-13.
Kent State picked up right where it left off to open the second half, as Keith
found Matthew Hurdle for a 28-yard scoring strike less than two minutes into
the third quarter.
Ball State made it a 28-19 game on Wenning's 27-yard TD pass to Snead at the
10:38 mark of the third quarter, although Schott missed the extra point.
The Cardinals cut the deficit to 28-26 on Wenning's 13-yard TD pass to Connor
Ryan with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter.
The Golden Flashes added to their lead on the next drive as Keith hooked up
with Archer again, this time for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
The back-and-forth battle continued in the fourth quarter. A 21-yard field
goal by Schott with 13:40 remaining in regulation made it a 35-29 game.
Kent State answered with an eight-play, 76-yard drive, capped by Durham's
second touchdown of the day on a one-yard run.
However, Ball State would not go away. Wenning trimmed the margin to 42-36
with a 19-yard scoring strike to Snead with 6:08 remaining. On Kent State's
next play from scrimmage, Keith was intercepted by Cardinals defensive lineman
Brandon Newman on a tipped pass. Two plays later, Wenning capitalized with a
six-yard TD pass to Ryan to put Ball State on top, 43-42.
But the Golden Flashes would have the last laugh, as their final drive covered
86 yards in 15 plays to set up Cortez's game-winning field goal.
Ball State lost despite racking up 557 yards of total offense.
09/29 16:46:05 ET
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