Western Michigan at Kent State

Kent St. 41, W. Michigan 24


KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points, including Luke Batton's 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown, as the Golden Flashes defeated Western Michigan 41-24 Saturday.

Kent State (6-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference), off to its best start since 1973, went ahead 31-24 on its first possession of the fourth quarter, getting a 33-yard Spencer Keith pass to Dri Archer and a 33-yard run by Trayion Durham before Archer scored on a 10-yard run.

Dana Brown intercepted Tyler Van Tubbergen's pass on the Broncos' next play, setting up Freddie Cortez's 43-yard field goal.

Western Michigan (3-5, 1-3) then drove from its 31 to the Kent State 11 before C.J. Malauulu forced a Brian Fields fumble that Batton returned all the way.

Durham carried 19 times for 124 yards for Kent State.

Western Michigan's Van Tubbergen completed 30 of 57 passes for 333 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown to Josh Schaffer.

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Scoring Summary
KENTSTDri Archer 22 yd run (Freddy Cortez kick)
WMICHJosh Schaffer 81 yd pass from Tyler Van Tubbergen (Andrew Haldeman kick)
KENTSTFreddy Cortez 46 yd FG
KENTSTTrayion Durham 19 yd run (Freddy Cortez kick)
WMICHAndrew Haldeman 27 yd FG
WMICHAntoin Scriven 1 yd run (Andrew Haldeman kick)
WMICHAntoin Scriven 1 yd run (Andrew Haldeman kick)
KENTSTJosh Boyle 17 yd pass from Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez kick)
KENTSTDri Archer 10 yd run (Freddy Cortez kick)
KENTSTFreddy Cortez 43 yd FG
KENTSTLuke Batton 83 yd fumble return (Freddy Cortez kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2719
Third Down Efficiency9-185-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-12-2
Plays-Net Yards93-47664-384
Passing Yds333203
Kick Return Yds12239
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.32:3027:30
Individual Stats
WMICH: Dareyon Chance 12-64, Antoin Scriven 9-28, Tyler Van Tubbergen 4-28, Brian Fields 10-25, Team 1--2
KENTST: Trayion Durham 19-124, Dri Archer 10-62, Team 1--2, Spencer Keith 1--3
WMICH: Tyler Van Tubbergen 30-57-333-3
KENTST: Spencer Keith 17-31-193-1, David Fisher 1-2-10-0
WMICH: Josh Schaffer 9-151, Eric Monette 8-73, Daniel Braverman 4-27, Jaime Wilson 3-25, Dareyon Chance 3-15, Brian Fields 2-22, Darrin Duncan 1-20
KENTST: Matthew Hurdle 5-44, Dri Archer 4-53, Eric Adeyemi 4-40, Chris Humphrey 2-30, Josh Boyle 2-26, Tim Erjavec 1-10
Western Michigan1st Mid American West8-013-1
Kent State5th Mid American East2-63-9

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