The Golden Flashes (2-8, 1-5) tied up the game midway through the second quarter when Trayion Durham ran for a three-yard score.
Stein kicked a late 28-yard field goal to give Akron a 10-7 halftime lead. He added field goals of 27 and 29 in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game.
Kent State finished with five turnovers.
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Ole Miss will get a chance to prove itself in the early going when it faces Dalvin Cook and a loaded Florida State team in Week 1.
Penn State's offensive line clearly needs to improve, with Connor McGovern sure to get the chance to take a leading role.
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Texas Tech has a challenging schedule again this season, but some of the Red Raiders' toughest games will be at home.