Scores

Final

Towson 21

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Kent State 41

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2012

Dix Stadium, KENT, OH

1 2 3 4 T
TOWS 0 7 0 1421
KENT 17 10 7 741

Top Performers

Passing: G. Enders (TOWS) - 246 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Archer (KENT) - 8 CAR, 54 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Boyle (KENT) - 3 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Dri Archer scores 3 total TDs in Kent State's victory

ESPN.com news services

KENT, Ohio -- Dri Archer ran a kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two scores as Kent State overwhelmed Towson 41-21 Thursday night in the teams' season opener.

Six turnovers hurt Towson, including a first-quarter fumble that set up a 15-yard scoring run by Archer. The Golden Flashes led 17-0 after the first quarter.

Archer, whose long return made it 24-7 in the second quarter, scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter, and backup quarterback David Fisher found Josh Boyle for a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth to make it 41-7.

Towson's Grant Enders completed 26 of 36 for 246 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Terrance West, who rushed for 29 touchdowns and 1,294 yards last season, scored twice for the Tigers but was held to 31 yards on 14 carries.

Late in the first half, Kent State linebacker Andre Parker picked up a muffed punt and ran it 58 yards toward his own end zone before being forced out by Towson.

Muffed punts can't be advanced, so the ball was brought back to the Tigers' 7-yard line and the return did not count in the game's official statistics.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOWS
KENT
1st Downs1915
Total Yards316267
Passing246166
Rushing70101
Penalties7-396-35
3rd Down Conversions7-125-14
4th Down Conversions2-31-2
Turnovers60
Possession31:5828:02

Passing Leaders

TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enders26/362466.812
Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fisher3/38428.010

Rushing Leaders

TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
West14312.2213
Enders12272.3011
Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Durham20542.709
Archer8546.8218

Receiving Leaders

TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilkins58016.0024
Banks6569.3016
Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyle39531.7163
Humphrey2147.009

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOWSKENT
TD10:01Spencer Keith 5 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 07
TD06:37Dri Archer 15 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 014
FG04:28Freddy Cortez 35 Yd 017
SECOND QUARTERTOWSKENT
TD01:51Terrance West 8 Yd Run (D.J. Soven Kick) 717
TD01:39Dri Archer 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Freddy Cortez Kick) 724
FG00:00Freddy Cortez 22 Yd 727
THIRD QUARTERTOWSKENT
TD02:18Dri Archer 18 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 734
FOURTH QUARTERTOWSKENT
TD14:48Josh Boyle 63 Yd Pass From David Fisher (Freddy Cortez Kick) 741
TD09:38Terrance West 1 Yd Run (D.J. Soven Kick) 1441
TD00:20James Oboh 4 Yd Pass From Grant Enders (D.J. Soven Kick) 2141