Junior wide receiver Desmond Phillips . . .
Redshirt freshman kicker D.J. Wellons booted a 29-yard field goal with about six minutes left in the final quarter for the win. Senior Jameson Vest tried a 45-yarder into the wind that would have tied the game with no time on the clock but his kick sailed wide left.
Junior Ronnie Jones, who moved from safety to running back this spring, led all rushers with 63 yards on eight carries. Redshirt freshman Bryant Koback, a transfer from Kentucky, added 45 yards on eight attempts.
Sophomore Bryce Mitchell led all receivers with three receptions for 58 yards. Johnson had two catches for 48 yards.
Head Coach Jason Candle played four different quarterbacks and noted he was "a long way from deciding who the starting quarterback will be." Guidagni completed 6 of 10 passes for 86 yards, while Peters was 6 of 14 for 80 yards.
"Some good, some bad, just like any practice," Candle said of his quarterbacks after the game. "We'll just continue to get better and continue to evaluate. They're going to make some mistakes. They don't have four or five years of experience like Logan Woodside had in this situation. We know that. We just need to do a great job of building a system around what they do well."
As for the team's performance overall, Candle said, "We're still a long way from where we want to be. But we have very talented players, strong senior leadership and a great coaching staff. Certainly, that's enough reason for me to be optimistic about this team."
The defending MAC champion Rockets open the 2018 season at home vs. VMI on Sept. 1.