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.
Running back Devontae Booker had 124 combined yards and a touchdown, and Utah spoiled Jim Harbaugh's Michigan coaching debut, beating the Wolverines 24-17 on Thursday night.
Arizona star linebacker Scooby Wright will have an MRI after injuring his left knee in the first quarter of the Wildcats' season-opening 42-32 win over UTSA on Thursday night.
Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17 on Thursday night.
All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart have been suspended for Baylor's season opener Friday against SMU for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman told ESPN.com.
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is "doing fine" after he was released from the hospital Wednesday night after being treated for symptoms related to a migraine headache.
East Carolina receiver Trevon Brown will miss three games after being placed on probation for a violation of the school's student code of conduct.