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.
Despite suffering two key injuries to offensive playmakers, Illinois appeared to have a productive spring as the team adapted to Lovie Smith's system.
Seth Greenberg joins Mike & Mike to share his thoughts on the recent influx of college recruits decommitting from their schools.
With the imaginary Big 12 draft complete, our three reporters/imaginary GMs assess their teams and talk a little trash.
A season that seemed like a harbinger for great things turned out to be the high point of the Dennis Franchione, with leaner years to follow.
Two teams on good form will face off in the season-opening showdown between HBCU conferences.
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