KENT, Ohio--With a 33-14 win over Ball State in front of 15,468 on Saturday at Dix Stadium, Kent State stayed alive in the hunt for the Mid-American Conference East Division title.
The Golden Flashes racked up 452 yards of offense and the defense held the Cardinals to just 272 and forced four Ball State turnovers in the victory.
Leading 13-7 at halftime, Kent State linebacker Dorian Wood picked off a Keith Wenning pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown.
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Ball State responded with a 32-yard touchdown of its own, but Kent State dominated the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns.
After the game, head coach Doug Martin, Wood, quarterback Spencer Keith and wide receiver Sam Kirkland discussed the victory.
Scoring SummaryKent State: Freddy Cortez 39 yd FGBall State: Keith Wenning 1 yd run (Ian McGarvey kick)Kent State: Freddy Cortez 43 yd FGKent State: Dri Archer 16 yd run (Freddy Cortez kick)Kent State: Dorian Wood 61 yd interception return (Freddy Cortez kick)Ball State: Otis Brown 32 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)Kent State: Tyshon Goode 5 yd pass from Spencer Keith (failed 2pt pass)Kent State: Tim Erjavec 24 yd pass from Sam Kirkland (Freddy Cortez kick)Team Statistics Kent StateBall StateTOTAL FIRST DOWNS2416TOTAL NET YARDS452272Total Plays7663Average Gain5.94.3NET YARDS RUSHING17672Rushes3731Average per rush4.82.3NET YARDS PASSING276200Completions-attempted19-3915-32Sacked00Yards Lost00TOTAL TURNOVERS14Interceptions03Fumbles Lost11OTHER Penalties75Penalty Yards6538Time of Possesion30:2129:39Punts47Punt Average5240.86Return Yards6390PassingKent StateCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Spencer Keith (0)1838252106.6Sam Kirkland (0)11241024.0Ball StateCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT Keith Wenning (0)1532200136.3RushingKent StateATTYDSTDAVG Andre Flowers (0)167704.8Jacquise Terry (0)95406.0Dri Archer (0)85016.3 Team (0)1-20-2.0Spencer Keith (0)3-30-1.0Ball StateATTYDSTDAVG MiQuale Lewis (0)113903.5Kelly Page (0)223011.5Eric Williams (0)6901.5David Brown (0)4701.8Cory Sykes (0)2402.0Ray Winkler (0)3301.0 Team (0)1-20-2.0Keith Wenning (0)2-111-5.5ReceivingKent StateATTYDSTDAVG Tyshon Goode (0)664110.7 Sam Kirkland (0)65509.2 Leneric Muldrow (0)267033.5 Kendrick Pressley (0)21608.0 Chris Gilbert (0)146046.0 Tim Erjavec (0)124124.0 Jacquise Terry (0)1404.0 Ball StateATTYDSTDAVG Otis Brown (0)588117.6 Briggs Orsbon (0)458014.5 MiQuale Lewis (0)21608.0 Daniel Ifft (0)21206.0 Torieal Gibson (0)117017.0 David Brown (0)1909.0