Monday, November 29, 2021

Kent State scored 31 points in the second quarter, beating NIU 52-47

KENT, Ohio (NWN) — Dustin Crum passed for two touchdowns and reached for two scores, and Kent State used a 31-point second quarter to beat Northern Illinois 52-47 on Wednesday night.

Kent State ended a 10-game losing streak in the series, securing their first win against Northern Illinois since 2001.

Northern Illinois took a 7–0 lead after the first quarter but Kent State made four straight touchdown scoring drives in the second quarter, each taking less than 75 seconds to take a 31–21 lead at the break. The Golden Flashes finished with seven touchdowns, averaging 1:12 on the drive.

Nykeim Johnson added a quick and received touchdown for a 45-27 lead in the third quarter, and Marquez Cooper’s 36-yard touchdown made it 52-40. After getting NIU’s TD to within five points, Kent State chewed up the final 5:07 for their longest drive of the game.

The order was 20 out of 30 for 322 yards, and took it four times for 72 yards for Kent State (5-4, 4-1 Mid-American Conference). Cooper finished with a run of 173 yards and two scores, and Xavier Williams ran for 103. Dante Cephas took five catches for 124 yards.

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Rocky Lombardi and Trayvon Rudolph each set program records for Northern Illinois (6–3, 4–1). Rudolph, who scored a 75-yard touchdown for the second week in a row, received 309 yards for Sam Heard’s 266 passes in 2005. Lombardi became the first player in program history to pass for 500 yards, completing 33 of 57-for 532 passes. yards and three points.

A helmet-to-helmet near the goal line helped Lombardi exit the field with a 5:15. When play resumed, Clint Ratkovic took a straight snap and made a 1-yard TD to pull within 52-47. Lombardi was later seen chatting with teammates.

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