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Ball State 27, Kent State 20

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio - Carson Steele rushed for 192 yards and a score, John Paddock threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and Ball State beat Kent State 27-20.

Tied at 20-all, Steele led a seven-play, 75-yard drive ending in Paddock's 8-yard scoring pass to Tanner Koziol with 3:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Kent State got to its 48 before turning it over on downs and Ball State ran out the clock.

Jayshon Jackson had a team-high 10 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown for Ball State (5-4, 3-2 Mid-American Conference). Steele, who went over the century mark for the seventh time this season, had a 37-yard run during the Cardinals go-ahead drive in the fourth.

Paddock was intercepted on his second throw of the game, leading to Kent State's second field goal for a 6-0 lead. Paddock later connected with Jackson on a 43-yard touchdown to give Ball State its first lead at 14-13 late in the second quarter, and the Cardinals led 17-13 at the break.

Marquez Cooper carried it 32 times for 168 yards and a touchdown for Kent State (3-6, 2-3). Devontez Walker made his eighth touchdown catch of the season.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BallStKentSt
KentSt FG 11:32 Andrew Glass 40 yard field goal 0 3
KentSt FG 9:28 Andrew Glass 42 yard field goal 0 6
KentSt TD 4:25 Devontez Walker 14 yard TD pass from Collin Schlee (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 0 13
Second Quarter BallStKentSt
BallSt TD 13:40 Carson Steele 15 yard TD run (Ben VonGunten Extra Point) 7 13
BallSt TD 4:54 Jayshon Jackson 43 yard TD pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten Extra Point) 14 13
BallSt FG 0:14 Ben VonGunten 34 yard field goal 17 13
Third Quarter BallStKentSt
BallSt FG 12:17 Ben VonGunten 31 yard field goal 20 13
Fourth Quarter BallStKentSt
KentSt TD 6:08 Marquez Cooper 23 yard TD run (Johan Silver Extra Point) 20 20
BallSt TD 3:21 Tanner Koziol 8 yard TD pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten Extra Point) 27 20
Team Stats
  Ball State Kent State
First downs 23 27
  Rushing 10 14
  Passing 13 10
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 8-20, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 38-196 50-225
Passing Yards 242 183
Return Yards 67 153
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-41-1 25-41-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-4 2-8
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-55 5-28
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Paddock 26 41 242 2 1
Kent State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Schlee 25 41 183 1 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 29 192 6.6 1
V. Pemberton 2 7 3.5 0
W. Jones 1 3 3.0 0
J. Paddock 2 -1 -0.5 0
J. Jackson 2 -1 -0.5 0
Kent State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cooper 32 168 5.3 1
C. Schlee 12 42 3.5 0
B. Bradford 6 15 2.5 0
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 10 102 10.2 1
T. Koziol 6 68 11.3 1
B. Hunt 5 61 12.2 0
Y. Tyler 2 15 7.5 0
C. Steele 1 8 8.0 0
A. Abdur-Rahman 1 3 3.0 0
R. Lezon 1 -3 -3.0 0
Kent State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Poke 13 87 6.7 0
T. Harris 4 52 13.0 0
K. Leach 1 20 20.0 0
R. James 3 17 5.7 0
D. Walker 1 14 14.0 1
M. Harris 1 13 13.0 0
M. Cooper 1 -4 -4.0 0
C. Schlee 1 -16 -16.0 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kent State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Harris 1 9
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 7 273 39.0
Kent State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Smith 5 221 44.2
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 3 1.5
Kent State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Floriea 3 28 9.3
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Uzodinma II 1 64 64.0
Kent State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Poke 4 95 23.8
Z. West 1 21 21.0
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length
Kent State Missed FG
Player Length
A. Glass 47
A. Glass 39




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