GAMEDAY College Football

Kent State 48, Buffalo 38

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio - Dustin Crum threw three touchdown passes to Dante Cephus and for a career-high 407 yards and Kent State fought off Buffalo for a 48-38 win.

The teams combined for 1,182 yards of offense. Kent State outgained Buffalo 633-549.

The Golden Flashes (3-3, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) built a 31-10 first-half lead before Buffalo (2-4, 0-2) scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to take the lead.

Buffalo struck quickly on the four scoring drives where the longest lasted 4 1/2 minutes. Kevin Marks Jr. ran for a 16-yard score and Kyle Vantrease threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jake Molinich. Matt Myers ran into the end zone from the 4 and Dylan McDuffie ran it in from 10 yards to give Buffalo a 38-34 lead.

Crum and Cephus helped closed the door on Buffalo with scoring plays of 5 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter.

Cephus caught 13 passes and piled up 186 yards. Marquez Cooper ran for 112 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.

Vantrease threw for 229 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted twice.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BuffKentSt
KentSt TD 12:34 Dustin Crum 10 yard TD run (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 0 7
KentSt TD 3:16 Dante Cephas 41 yard TD pass from Dustin Crum (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter BuffKentSt
KentSt TD 13:19 Dustin Crum 5 yard TD run (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 0 21
Buff TD 8:03 Kevin Marks Jr. 2 yard TD run (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 7 21
KentSt TD 6:12 Marquez Cooper 19 yard TD run (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 7 28
Buff FG 2:19 Alex McNulty 41 yard field goal 10 28
KentSt FG 0:00 Andrew Glass 26 yard field goal 10 31
Third Quarter BuffKentSt
Buff TD 13:31 Kevin Marks Jr. 16 yard TD run (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 17 31
Buff TD 10:57 Jake Molinich 9 yard TD pass from Kyle Vantrease (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 24 31
Buff TD 4:01 Matt Myers 4 yard TD run (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 31 31
KentSt FG 2:21 Andrew Glass 42 yard field goal 31 34
Buff TD 0:43 Dylan McDuffie 10 yard TD run (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 38 34
Fourth Quarter BuffKentSt
KentSt TD 14:19 Dante Cephas 5 yard TD pass from Dustin Crum (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 38 41
KentSt TD 8:24 Dante Cephas 40 yard TD pass from Dustin Crum (Andrew Glass Extra Point) 38 48
Team Stats
  Buffalo Kent State
First downs 36 33
  Rushing 17 15
  Passing 14 15
  Penalty 5 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-17, 29% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 4-5, 80% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 54-312 45-226
Passing Yards 237 407
Return Yards 48 2
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-45-2 22-36-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-11 1-7
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-65 10-105
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Vantrease 23 44 229 1 2
M. Myers 1 1 8 0 0
Kent State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Crum 22 36 407 3 0
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. McDuffie 10 87 8.7 1
K. Marks Jr. 16 80 5.0 2
R. Cook Jr. 14 72 5.1 0
K. Vantrease 7 49 7.0 0
M. Myers 7 24 3.4 1
Kent State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cooper 21 112 5.3 1
D. Crum 16 72 4.5 2
X. Williams 7 33 4.7 0
N. Johnson 1 9 9.0 0
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Williams 8 86 10.8 0
R. Cook Jr. 4 35 8.8 0
D. Johnson 2 34 17.0 0
D. McDuffie 3 32 10.7 0
K. Laborn 1 16 16.0 0
B. Porter 1 12 12.0 0
J. Molinich 1 9 9.0 1
J. Gassett 1 8 8.0 0
K. Marks Jr. 2 3 1.5 0
T. Borland 1 2 2.0 0
Kent State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Cephas 13 186 14.3 3
N. Johnson 3 85 28.3 0
K. Abram 2 74 37.0 0
J. Poke 3 54 18.0 0
M. Cooper 1 8 8.0 0
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kent State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Harmon 1 2
K. Sherald Jr. 1 0
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Baltar 2 75 37.5
Kent State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Smith 4 153 38.3
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kent State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Borland 1 7 7.0
R. Cook Jr. 1 41 41.0
Kent State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length
A. McNulty 24
A. McNulty 45
Kent State Missed FG
Player Length
A. Glass 46




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