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Kent State thumps Akron 69-35 in highest-scoring Wagon Wheel matchup of all-time

The 69 points also tied a program record for the Flashes.
Credit: Kirk Irwin/AP
Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum (7) runs with the ball during an NCAA football game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Kent, Ohio.

KENT, Ohio — Grafton native Dustin Crum passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, Marquez Cooper added three scores on the ground and Kent State used a big third quarter to beat Akron 69-35 to retain the Wagon Wheel trophy.

The Golden Flashes are off to their best start (3-0) since 1958. The Zips lost their 20th straight game dating back to 2018.

Crum was 22-of-25 passing for 348 yards and he carried it 13 times for 104 yards. Teon Dollard carried it 28 times for a career-high 202 yards and four touchdowns for Akron.

The two archrivals actually went back-and-forth throughout the first half, with KSU leading only 35-28 at intermission. However, the Flashes scored three times in the third quarter thanks, in-part, to several Zips miscues, including a blocked punt.

Kent State has now won the last two Wagon Wheel games and will next head to fellow unbeaten Buffalo on Nov. 28 for a crucial MAC East showdown. Akron, which as still yet to win under second-year coach Tom Arth, will host Miami of Ohio on the same day.