Cent. Michigan 23, Kent St. 7
KENT, Ohio (AP) _ Billy Smith ran for 111 yards and Jeff Bender passed for 213 as Central Michigan beat winless Kent State 23-7 Saturday in the Mid-American Conference.
Kent State (0-7, 0-4) hasn’t beaten an opponent in the MAC since its 25-24 victory over Eastern Michigan in the final game of the 1990 season.
The victorty was Central Michigan’s first in the conference since beating Ohio University 52-7 in the 1990 regular-season closer to earn a berth in the California Raisin Bowl. The Chippewas (4-1-3, 1-1-3) upset Michigan State 20-3 early in the season.
With Central Michigan clinging to a 9-7 lead, the Chippewas went on a 67- yard march in 16 plays in the third quarter, but Scott White fumbled and Brady Renners recovered for the Golden Flashes at the 1-yard line.
After three downs, Kent State punted and Central Michigan began a drive at the Kent State 33. It took five plays for the touchdown, Bender throwing a 5- yarder to Robert Kench to make it 16-7.
In the fourth quarter, Bender found Ken Ealy for a 50-yard gain. White’s plunge in from a yard out wrapped up a 12-play, 89-yard scoring drive.
In the first quarter, L.J. Muddy fumbled a punt and Roger Jones recovered for Kent State at the Central Michigan 23. It took the Golden Flashes eight plays and 4:38 to go those 23 yards. Kevin Shuman passed to Brian Dusho for the 7-yard score.
Chuck Selinger produced all the Central Michigan scoring in the first half, with three field goals.
Both teams struggled in rainy conditions at Dix Stadium. But Kent State’s ground game was stuck in the mud, posting just 21 yards in 30 rushes.