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Shaw scores 3 TDs; Kent State runs over Howard 54-14

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Rankin runs for 61-yd TD to pad Kent State's lead (0:29)

Justin Rankin of Kent State finds openings in the Howard defense for a 61-yard touchdown. (0:29)

KENT, Ohio -- Jo-El Shaw ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns to help Kent State roll to a 54-14 victory over Howard on Saturday.

Kent State (1-1) surpassed 50 points for the first time since 2008 and has beaten Howard (0-2) in consecutive home openers.

Shaw scored on a 15-yard run following a blocked punt in the first quarter and had two scoring runs from inside the 4-yard line. Justin Rankin burst up the middle and ran untouched for 61 yards into the end zone to stretch the Kent State lead to 33-7 in the third quarter. Rankin, who led the Golden Flashes in yards rushing and receptions last season, finished with 147 yards on the ground and had a pair of catches for 22 yards.

Will Matthews and Woody Barrett also had touchdown runs for Kent State.

Caylin Newton was 11-of-25 passing for 159 yards and threw two, third-quarter touchdown passes for the Bison.

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2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
North Carolina A&T0-03-0
Bethune-Cookman0-01-2
Norfolk State0-01-1
Florida A&M0-01-2
North Carolina Central0-01-1
Howard0-00-2
Savannah State0-00-2
Delaware State0-00-3
Morgan State0-00-3
South Carolina State0-00-2