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.
After surviving the Les Miles telenovela, which landed LSU's big cigars at No. 5, we're left to ponder who can claim the Bottom 10 title.
ESPN senior college football writer Mark Schlabach explains why Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is a good choice to replace Mark Richt as the coach at Georgia.
1H (0:36) PITT Michael Young made Dunk. Assisted by James Robinson.
1H (1:44) PITT James Robinson made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Sterling Smith.
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is expected to be named the new head coach at Georgia, sources confirmed to ESPN's Mark Schlabach.