Scores

Final

Liberty 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Kent State 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Dix Stadium, Kent, OH

1 2 3 4 T
LIB 0 3 7 010
KENT 7 0 0 1017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Reardon (KENT) - 194 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Durham (KENT) - 21 CAR, 92 YDS

Receiving: C. Humphrey (KENT) - 6 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Kent State beats Liberty 17-10 on late touchdown

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Colin Reardon threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Humphrey late in the fourth quarter as Kent State avoided a season-opening upset with a 17-10 win over Liberty on Thursday night.

The Golden Flashes, coming off the best season in school history, were without running back Dri Archer, being touted by the school as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate who suffered a leg injury early in the game. He had 10 yards on 3 carries.

Reardon, replacing a four-year starter who led Kent State to its first bowl appearance in 40 years, led a game-winning 88-yard drive. He hit Humphrey for his second touchdown pass with 4:28 to play.

The Flash defense stopped the Flames on downs at the Kent State 40 with just more than a minute to go.

Kent State had to overcome nine penalties in coach Paul Haynes' debut to run its regular-season winning streak to 11.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
KENT
1st Downs1120
Total Yards222361
Passing189194
Rushing33167
Penalties4-309-79
3rd Down Conversions2-109-18
4th Down Conversions0-11-3
Turnovers01
Possession21:1038:50

Passing Leaders

LibertyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Woodrum14/221898.610
Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reardon21/281946.920

Rushing Leaders

LibertyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson12453.8012
Rice671.203
Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Durham21924.4018
Reardon10383.8015

Receiving Leaders

LibertyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson510621.2058
Shells23216.0029
Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Humphrey68814.7142
Goode8759.4026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLIBKENT
TD06:56Casey Pierce 6 Yd Pass From Colin Reardon (Anthony Melchiori Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERLIBKENT
FG02:55John Lunsford 20 Yd 37
THIRD QUARTERLIBKENT
TD07:25Gabe Henderson 11 Yd Pass From Josh Woodrum (John Lunsford Kick) 107
FOURTH QUARTERLIBKENT
FG10:57Anthony Melchiori 39 Yd 1010
TD04:28Chris Humphrey 42 Yd Pass From Colin Reardon (Anthony Melchiori Kick) 1017