LaFrance caught a 59-yard pass from Nicely to give the Zips (2-7, 1-4 Mid-American Conference) a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. Akron won for the ninth time in 10 meetings with the Golden Flashes (5-5, 4-2).
Nicely and LaFrance connected again for a 6-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Akron a 28-13 lead, en route to snapping a three-game winning streak for Kent State.
Nicely was 19 of 34 with 261 yards and LaFrance finished with eight catches for 261 yards.
Andre Jones added 93 yards on six carries for the Zips.
Spencer Keith led the Golden Flashes with 377 yards and two touchdowns on 30-for-59 passing.
Kent State cut the score to 14-13 on a 19-yard field goal by Freddy Cortez as the first half ended.