MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, September 15, 2012:
Northern Illinois 41, Army 40 Final
Purdue 54, Eastern Michigan 16 Final
Minnesota 28, Western Michigan 23 Final
Michigan 63, UMass 13 Final
Akron 66, Morgan State 6 Final
Boise State 39, Miami 12 Final
Ohio 27, Marshall 24 Final
Toledo 27, Bowling Green 15 Final
Ball State 41, Indiana 39 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
WEST POINT, N.Y.-The Northern Illinois defense made the stop it needed to make as freshman linebacker Boomer Mays tackled Army quarterback Trent Steelman for a two-yard loss on fourth and three with 1:47 to play, securing the Huskies' 41-40 victory over the Black Knights Saturday at Michie Stadium.
Mays' stop came after NIU took the lead with 4:29 in the game on Mathew Sims' PAT following an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Lynch to Martel Moore. The touchdown pass was one of four on the day for Lynch, who threw for a career high 342 yards on 18-of-27 passing. Lynch added 125 rushing yards on 13 carries. His 467 yards of total offense is the third-highest total in NIU history.
"Obviously my hat goes off to Army," said NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren. "They are very hard to beat in this stadium. Our guys overcame a lot. We found a way to win. Our guys kept battling and stayed in there. Jordan threw the ball extremely well and made a lot of plays. He and Martel got in a groove late."
Moore finished with seven catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore Tommylee Lewis scored on a 69-yard touchdown as well as a 21-yard run on the end around. Northern Illinois improved to 2-1 with the win and won its road opener for the first time since 2007. Army fell to 0-2.
The final completion ended a 13-play, 72-yard drive that took 4:19 off the clock as NIU responded to Army's final score.
The Northern Illinois defense struggled all day to stop a potent Army rushing attack as the Black Knights finished the game with 486 rushing yards on 86 carries and six touchdowns. Three players - Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon and Trent Steelman ran for more than 100 yards each as they tallied 159, 136 and 116 yards, respectively.
Army scored on the first possession of the game as the Black Knights drove 75 yards in 10 plays, all on the ground, with Raymond Maples scoring on a 22-yard run.
The Huskies answered with an eight-play, 70-yard drive. Lynch hit tight end Luke Eakes for a 38-yard pick-up on the drive, and then lofted a pass to 6-8 tight end Tim Semisch in the back of the end zone for NIU's first score of the game.
NIU collected the next two touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead with 8:55 to play in the half. Lynch got a block on the edge and ran 88 yards to complete a four-play, 98-yard drive. After the Huskie defense stopped Army on fourth and seven on the NIU 38 yard line, Northern Illinois needed just three plays to score again as Lewis scored on the end-around.
After Army responded with the first of Dixon's three TDs to close out a 10-play, 73-yard drive, NIU used its quick strike offense again with Lynch hitting Lewis for 69 yards and a 28-13 Huskie lead. Army put together a drive before halftime to close the gap to 28-19.
Army carried momentum from that late score into the second half, forcing NIU into a three and out on its first possession, then grinding out an eight-play, 68-yard drive for a score. Steelman scored on a 25-yard rush and the PAT narrowed the Huskies' lead to 28-26.
NIU drove to the Army four yard line but when Jordan Lynch appeared to reach the ball over the goal line, it was called a fumble in the end zone and Army took over on the NIU 20.
Army took advantage, once again pounding out a 12-play, 80-yard drive exclusively on the ground. Dixon scored again and when Steelman's two-point conversion attempt was true, the Huskies trailed 34-28.
NIU's next drive was stopped when Lynch was intercepted, but the defense forced a punt and the Huskies responded. On third-and-10 from the Army 31, Lynch hit Moore over the top on the pass the two connected on throughout the game and after Sims' PAT, NIU led 35-34.
"I'd like to see us get rid of the turnovers," Doeren said. "Defensively, we made a lot of adjustments throughout the game. We were able to get a stop when we needed it. We kept preaching that we only needed one stop and we got it when we needed it most."
After another Army punt, turnovers bit NIU again as Lynch fumbled on a handoff and Army recovered at the Huskie 15-yard line. One play later, Steelman ran in for the score and the Black Knights took a 40-35 lead.
Army ran 90 plays to the Huskies' 53 and held the ball for 42:33 in the game while not committing a turnover. They completed just one pass for eight yards in the game. Northern Illinois committed three turnovers, but converted eight-of-nine third downs in the game.
The Huskies play three of their next four games at home, including next week as Kansas visits Huskie Stadium. The NIU-Kansas game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are available through Ticketmaster and online at www.NIUHuskies.com.
Purdue 54, Eastern Michigan 16 Final Stats
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- Eastern Michigan fell to 0-3 on the season following a 54-16 defeat at Purdue. Offensively Eastern Michigan struggled, turning the ball over three times and converting on 2-of-13 third-down attempts. Eastern was led by Dominique Sherrer with 73 rushing yards, Dustin Creel had 49 receiveing yards, and backup Tyler Benz led the Eagles with 78 yards on 5-of-12 passing.
Punter Jay Karutz had a exceptional day, as Karutz averaged 43.9 yards per punt, with three downed inside the 20.
Purdue took advantage of Eastern Michigan miscues as Purdue built an early 13-0 lead over the Eagles in the first quarter. The Boilermakers first touchdown drive began following an Alex Gillett thrown interception, and extended the lead following a blocked Jay Karutz punt.
Eastern Michigan answered when Pudge Cotton picked off a Caleb TerBush pass an ran it back 28 yards for the Eagles first point s of the game. A failed PAT kept the score at 14-6. The interception was the first of Cotton's career, and the first pick-six by an Eagle since 2005.
Eastern Michigan forced a second straight turnover when Kalonji Kashama forced a Purdue fumble at the Boilermaker 32 which was recovered by Cotton. After stalling in the redzone, Dylan Mulder hit a 23 yard field goal to cut the Eagles deficit to 13-9.
Purdue answered with 20 unanswered points in the final 5:23 of the second quarter. The Boilermakers turned in touchdowns on drives of 99 yards, 95 yards, and 33 yards respectively. Following two second half touchdown runs by Purdue, Eastern Michigan backup Tyler Benz ran a bootleg-left in from two yards out for the first touchdown of his career. Purdue tacked on their sixth rushing touchdown with 1:47 remaining to close out the scoring on the day.
Eastern Michigan will be back in action Saturday, Spetember 22, as the Eagles travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium at 3:30 pm ET.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -Western Michigan went back and forth with Minnesota but a few key plays in the first half turned the game in the Gophers favor as they held on for a 28-23 win over the Broncos in front of a near sellout crowd at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Dareyon Chance had a career day on the Big Ten stage, carrying the ball 29 times for 144 yards, both career highs, and a six-yard touchdown run. For Chance, it was his first career 100-yard rushing game and the first for the Broncos since Tevin Drake had 112 againts Bowling Green on Oct. 8, 2011. It was the most rushing yards for Western Michigan since Brandon West had 166 against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 1, 2008.
The Broncos found themselves in a deja vu situation near the end of the game. Much like last season, at Illinois, the Broncos had one last possession, needing a touchdown to pull out the win. Western Michigan put itself in that position by driving 66 yards in 1:32 and five plays to score.
Alex Carder, who went 24-for-44 for 209 yards, found Jaime Wilson in the corner of the end zone. It is the third straight game with a TD to open up Wilson's career. It was Carder's 64th career TD pass. Wilson quietly led the game with 10 catches for 117 yards, his second straight 100-yard receiving game.
A failed two-point conversion left Western Michigan behind, 28-23, needing a defensive stop. They got it. On 3rd and 1, Travonte Boles and Johnnie Simon converged on the ball carrier for a three-yard loss, forcing a punt.
The Broncos' final possession did not go as planned as an illegal formation call negated a 14-yard completion to Wilson and then Carder was sacked for a five-yard loss. Facing fourth-and-18, Carder completed a pass to Wilson for 15 yards, a good gain but three yards shy and effectively ending the game.
Western Michigan's defense also had a plan where starting quarterback MarQueis Gray was concerned. The Broncos held the 250-pound senior signal caller to 57 yards rushing and 29 yards passing before he left the game in the second quarter due to injury.
Max Shortell saw his chance to shine and took it as the sophomore, on his first play from scrimmage, completed a 32-yard pass and five plays later, Minnesota was in the end zone to take a 14-10 lead, one it would not relinquish.
Shortell would have two more TD passes with A.J. Barker hauling in both of them, finishing with three on the day. Minnesota took its first lead of the day after Michael Carter picked off Carder on an out route near the Gophers' sideline. Minnesota scored three plays later on a Gray to Barker 10-yard connection to go up 7-3.
Western Michigan opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal with 6:07 remaining in the first quarter. He would miss a 42-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining in the third that would have cut Minnesota's lead to 28-20, making it a one-possession game.
Chance's first score in nearly two years capped a four-play 18-yard drive after Paul Hazel and Justin Currie, who led WMU with nine tackles, combined to force Gray to fumble the ball. Each of the game's first two TDs were the results of a turnover on the previous possession.
Western Michigan opened the second half by marching down the field in 11 plays, one of two 11-play scoring drives, to cut the lead to 21-17 with 10:54 to go in the third quarter. Antoin Scriven scored his eighth career TD from one yard out.
Western Michigan now has three straight home games, beginning with Connecticut out of the Big East. Western Michigan defeated UConn, 38-31, on Oct. 1, 2011. Game time is 2 p.m. and airs on ESPN3.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Christian Birt and a pair of field goals by Brendon Levengood highlighted UMass' scoring in a 63-13 loss at No. 17 Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Denard Robinson showed why he was one of the most prolific players in college football with 291 yards passing and 106 yards rushing with four total touchdowns. The game was a homecoming of sorts for UMass tailback Michael Cox who rushed for a season-high 76 yards against his former teammates. Cox played four years at Michigan before enrolling in graduate school at UMass.
Along with Cox's performance, Mike Wegzyn led the offense going 14-of-29 for 141 yards. Receivers Alan Williams and Deion Walker each had season-best performances. Williams had a career-high six catches for 38 yards, while Walker had four catches for a team-best 63 yards.
Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in leading Michigan's run game behind Robinson. Drew Dileo had 3 catches for 91 yards to lead the Wolverines wide receivers.
Michigan jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to a 26 yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Devin Funchess and an 11-yard run by Fitzgerald Toussaint.
The Minutemen punted on their first two possessions but were able get momentum going late in the quarter. Facing 3rd and 11 at the UMass 35 yard line, Wegzyn picked up a key first down with a 16-yard run. Cox followed that up with a 14-yard run getting UMass to the Michigan 49-yard line.
Wegzyn then hit Sharpe along the right sideline for a 22-yard pick-up to the Michigan 13 yard line. The drive fizzled after a holding penalty, however, and Brendan Levengood converted a 25-yard field goal with 13:44 left in the second quarter.
The Wolverines responded with a two-play 39-second drive that consisted of a 66-yard Robinson pass to Drew Dileo to set-up a five-yard touchdown run from Vincent Smtih putting Michigan back up 21-3.
After UMass punted on its next possession, Michigan took over at its own 12-yard line. After a four-yard run, Robinson threw an interception to Christian Birt who jumped the route and returned the pick for a touchdown with 9:49 left in the half.
Robinson added two more touchdowns for Michigan in the half with a 42-yard pass to Devin Gardner and a 36-yard keeper putting the Wolverines up 35-10 with 4:00 remaining.
Levengood hit his second field goal of the half with a 32-yarder to cap a 57 yard drive making the score 42-13. The drive was highlighted by a 33-yard pass from Wegzyn to Deion Walker which carried UMass to the Michigan 15-yard line.
Michigan put together one last scoring drive in the half going 83 yards in nine plays. Robinson hit four-of-five passes to start the drive combined with a UMass personal foul put the Wolverines in the red zone with just under a minute left in the half. A 16-yard run by Robinson advanced the ball to the two-yard line. UMass stuffed Toussaint on the next play and forced Robinson to fumble on a quarterback sweep to the left. Robinson's fumble, however, was recovered by left tackle Taylor Lewan for the touchdown making it 42-13 at the intermission.
Robinson picked up where he left off to start the third quarter hitting Roy Roundtree for an 18-yard touchdown. Vinent Smith added his second rushing touchdown of the day in the third quarter as Michigan went into the fourth leading 56-13.
Akron 66, Morgan State 6 Final Stats
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron head coach Terry Bowden got win No. 1 in the Blue and Gold in record fashion as the Zips set or tied six team and two individual school records, in addition to one conference mark, in a 66-6 win over Morgan State on Saturday at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
Akron's 66 points and 753 yards of total offense broke a nine-year mark set on Sept. 20, 2003, against Howard (65 points, 692 yards). The Zips also finished with a program-best 43 first downs, also in that contest against Howard. UA set a school record for completions as well with 44.
Akron (1-2) also set the program and Mid-American Conference mark for passing yards (565) and posted the third-most offensive yards in league history with 753. Akron's 59 pass attempts tied the UA school mark.
Dalton Williams finished the game connecting on 37-of-48 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns. His 94 completions over the last three games broke Charlie Frye's school record in that category (89). He also set the single-game completions mark, besting Frye's 36 against Kent State on Aug. 28, 2003.
Kyle Pohl completed 7-of-10 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in relief of Williams.
Jawon Chisholm led all rushers with 129 yards on 18 carries. It was his fifth-career 100-yard game on the ground (four in 2011). Conor Hundley added two rushing touchdowns while Marquelo Suel had 99 yards on six catches.
Morgan State (1-2) opened the second half with a three-and-out and the Zips would capitalize, driving 75 yards on 12 plays for the first points of the second half. Robert Stein connected on a 24-yard chip shot to increase Akron's lead to 24-6 with 9:39 on the third-quarter clock.
Following the second-consecutive three-and-out of the half for the Bears, the Zips went 74 yards on four plays with Williams connecting with Andrew Pratt for a 42-yard touchdown. The extra point would give Akron a 31-6 lead with 7:06 left in the quarter.
The Akron offense continued to move down the field, as Akron scored on its third-straight drive when Hundley scored on an 11-yard draw for a 38-6 lead. The TD run capped off a five-play, 75-yard drive.
Pohl entered the game late in the third quarter for Williams and connected with Jerrod Dillard for 28 yards on his first attempt of the game for an Akron touchdown. The score sent the game into the fourth quarter with the Zips leading, 45-6.
UA added three more scores in the fourth quarter, with Pratt catching his second TD of the day (37 yards) and Dee Frieson catching Pohl's third scoring toss (18 yards). The Akron defense added a score with Nick Rossi returning a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown.
The Zips opened the game with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that covered 4:08 on the clock. Williams connected with Tyrell Goodman for 17 yards to cap off the series. Chisholm accounted for 35 yards on the ground during the march down field.
Following a Morgan State field goal to cut the Akron lead to 7-3, UA would answer with its first rushing touchdown of the season. Starting on their own 25, Williams would carry the Zips down the field. Hundley punched it in from one yard out for his first collegiate touchdown, giving UA a 14-3 advantage with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter. The drive covered 75 yards on 12 plays and chewed up 2:58 on the clock.
UA added to its lead in the second quarter when Williams connected with Rhyne Ladrach for a 12-yard TD pass with 11:28 left in the half. The catch was the first TD of Ladrach's career and the ninth on the year for Williams.
An illegal hit to the head kept Morgan State's next drive alive following a near interception by the Zips. The Bears' drive would eventually stall at the Akron 26. MSU settled for a field goal, cutting the UA lead to 21-6 at the 7:47 mark.
Following a missed field goal by MSU's Ervin Gonzalez, the Zips drove 60 yards to the Bears 18 yard line. However, Stein would hit the right upright to send the game into halftime with Akron leading, 21-6.
Albert Presley led the Akron defense with six tackles, followed by Johnny Robinson's five.
Akron travels to SEC foe and nationally-ranked Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 22, for a Comcast Sports South/ESPN3/ESPN Game Plan telecast. The contest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: Dalton Williams entered the contest ranked second in the nation with seven TD passes, trailing only USC's Matt Barkley (10) ... Williams now has 10 TDs through the air ... Williams completed 30 passes against UCF in Week 1 and 27 at FIU in Week 2 ... Charlie Frye's previous record of 89 completions over three games included 36 against Kent State, 31 at Wisconsin and 22 versus Eastern Michigan ... Jawon Chisholm last reached the century mark on the ground against Central Michigan on Oct. 29, 2011 (130) ... the other time the Zips scored 65 points against was Eastern Michigan in triple overtime (Nov. 24, 2011).
BOISE, Idaho - A defensive effort led by senior linebacker Pat Hinkel kept Miami in the game through 30 minutes, but Boise State pulled away in the second half for a 39-12 victory Saturday in front of 34,178 fans at Bronco Stadium, the second largest crowd in BSU history.
The RedHawks (1-2) trailed just 15-9 at half thanks in part to Hinkel, who intercepted a Joe Southwick pass in the endzone midway through the first quarter and recovered a fumble that led to a 2-yard TD pass from Spencer Treadwell to Andy Cruse with 4:39 left in the second.
The running back pass, which gave Miami a 9-8 lead, was the first non-quarterback touchdown pass for the RedHawks since 2004.
Senior Zac Dysert completed 20 passes for 176 yards in the contest. Cruse led Miami in receptions for the third straight week with six catches for 42 yards. Sophomore Dawan Scott added four grabs for 23 yards.
Jamire Westbrook led the team in rushing with 28 yards on eight carries, while Treadwell ran the ball six times for 17 yards.
True freshman Kaleb Patterson nailed a 45-yard field goal with 4:05 remaining in the first and added a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is now four-of-five on field goals this year.
Boise State's D.J. Harper had a game-high 162 yards rushing, scoring on three of his 16 carries. Joe Southwick passed for 304 yards, completing 24 of 31 passes. He had two touchdowns to offset the lone interception.
The Broncos (1-1) scored three second-half TDs.
Miami returns home next weekend to open Mid-American Conference play against Massachusetts. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In a down-to-the-wire finish at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Ohio Football improved to 3-0 on the season with a 27-24 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd. A Matt Weller field goal with 97 seconds left put the `Cats ahead for good and a late Jelani Woseley interception sealed the victory.
With the win, Ohio has started 2-0 on the road for the first time since 1976. The victory marks the second straight season in which the Bobcats have opened with three straight wins and also marked the first time Ohio had beaten the Thundering Herd in back-to-back seasons since 1979 and 1980.
Tyler Tettleton moved into fourth place all-time in the Ohio record books for career completions, going 20-of-35 through the air for 200 yards and three touchdowns. The junior quarterback has now completed 342 passes in his career, surpassing Donny Harrison's 334 achieved from 1979-83.
Beau Blankenship led the way on the ground for the Bobcats, rushing 30 times for 107 yards. On the receiving end, Tyler Futrell led all Ohio receivers with five catches for 42 yards and one score.
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato had an impressive game for the hosts, completing a school record 44 passes on 65 attempts. The sophomore amassed 432 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Cato led the Thundering Herd on two strong drives to open the game. The sophomore quarterback completed 14 of his first 17 passes, throwing for 149 yards and two scores in Marshall's first two possessions of the contest. The Thundering Herd first scored at the 11:08 mark of the first quarter when Cato found Jazz King on a three-yard touchdown strike. Marshall was then able to double its lead at the 6:46 mark, scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass from Cato to Aaron Dobson.
Ohio had two bright spots in the first quarter in the form of big plays, as Kyle Hammonds returned Marshall's first kickoff for a 41-yard gain and Tyler Futrell caught a 23-yard pass up the middle of the field when the `Cats were backed up in their own side of the field. Despite these two big gains, Ohio trailed by 14 at the end of the first quarter.
To begin the second quarter, Ohio showed grit in its first drive. On a drive which spanned from the end of the first quarter through the early minutes of the second, the Bobcats converted three separate third-down attempts en route to scoring their first points of the day. Tettleton capped off a 16-play, 68-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Troy Hill to pull the Bobcats within one score at 14-7. The touchdown reception was the first of Hill's career.
Following a 22-yard Matt Weller field goal which cut the deficit to four at 14-10, Ohio engineered its longest drive of the season to take its first lead of the game. The Bobcats put together a 13-play, 96-yard drive which lasted 3:51 and culminated in a four yard Tettleton touchdown pass to Futrell.
Taking a 17-14 lead into halftime, Ohio held an edge in total offense. The Bobcats ran 47 plays for 255 total yards in the first half compared to Marshall's 34 plays for 212 yards. Ohio also held an edge in time of possession, holding the ball for 16:47 compared to Marshall's 13:13. One of the most notable parts of the first half was Ohio's success on third downs, as the Bobcats were 6-of-9 with their offensive drives on the line.
Marshall (1-2) was able to reclaim the lead with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter when Cato found Gator Hoskins just inside the pylon with a precise 14-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown pass was Cato's third of the evening and following the ensuing extra point, gave the Thundering Herd a 21-17 lead.
Daz'mond Patterson made an immediate impact on the next drive, rushing for back-to-back gains of more than ten yards to earn the Bobcats two first downs. Ohio's drive was ultimately stalled at its own 47, however.
The Thundering Herd extended its lead to 24-17 with 14:13 remaining in the game when Justin Haig connected on a 37-yard field goal. This scoring play came at the end of a drive which spanned 63 yards on 11 plays and took 3:57 off the clock.
Facing a fourth-and-four at Marshall's 27-yard line, Tettleton came through in a big way, finding a streaking Ryan Clark down the sideline for a perfectly placed 27-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing PAT--the 132nd of Weller's career--leveled the scores at 24 apiece with 10:43 to play in the contest. Ohio was very clutch on this drive, converting three of a possible four third downs.
With Marshall driving late in the fourth quarter, Larenzo Fisher forced a fumble which was recovered by teammate Nathan Carpenter. Carpenter rumbled ahead 48 yards with the ball, putting Ohio's offense in great field position. Weller was able to give the `Cats the lead for good when he nailed a 38-yard field goal with 1:37 left in the game. Woseley was then able to put the game away, intercepting a Cato pass a minute later at the Ohio 23-yard line.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, Sept. 22 when Norfolk State comes to Peden Stadium. Ohio and the Spartans will kick off at 2 p.m. This will serve as Ohio's final non-conference game of the season.
TOLEDO - Junior Terrance Owens completed 20-of-28 passes for 303 yards to lead Toledo to a 27-15 victory over arch-rival Bowling Green before a capacity crowd of 28,115 at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.
The victory was the Rockets' third straight vs. the Falcons, earning them the right to hoist the Battle of I-75 trophy after the game.
Owens was sharp all night, mixing in a combination of short passes and downfield heaves. His main target was redshirt freshman Alonzo Russell, who caught a career-high six passes for 152 yards. Junior David Fluellen paced the rushing attack with 81 yards and two TDs.
Toledo's defense played an inspired game, holding the Falcons' potent offense to 351 yards and just nine points until early in the fourth quarter when BGSU cut the lead to 24-15 on John Pettigrew touchdown. But Toledo soaked up nearly eight minutes of the clock on its next drive before Jeremiah Detmer kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:42 to close out the scoring and effectively decide the contest.
Toledo led at halftime, 17-3, opening the scoring on a 66-yard bomb from Owens to Russell on its second drive of the game. The Rockets extended the lead to 17-0 in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer and a one-yard plunge by Fluellen. The Falcons cracked the scoring ice on the last play of the first half on a 32-yard field goal by Tyler Tate.
The Rockets marched down the field in just four plays on their first possession, scoring on a 22-yard bolt from Fluellen. BGSU immediately countered with a six-play drive that was capped by a 23-yard score by Anthon Samuel, cutting the lead to 24-9.
Toledo's defense came up big later in the quarter, stopping the Falcons on fourth-and-12 from the UT 14-yard line. But a Fluellen fumble gave the ball right back to Bowling Green, and the Falcons converted the turnover into six points on a two-yard run by Pettigrew, BGSU's last points of the game.
The Rockets will be back home next Saturday in a non-conference battle vs. Coastal Carolina in a 7:00 p.m. kick at the Glass Bowl.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ball State football team (2-1) defeated Big Ten foe and BCS school Indiana University (2-1) by a score of 41-39, Saturday night at Memorial Stadium on a game winning 42-yard field goal by Steven Schott as time expired.
The game would come down to the fourth quarter, after Indiana scored a touchdown with 49 seconds left in the contest after a six-play, 77-yard drive. Junior quarterback Keith Wenning and the offense answered back after marching down the field to put themselves into position for a field goal.
The win marks the Cardinals third straight victory over the Hoosiers dating back to 2008 and twice under the guidance of second year Ball State head coach Pete Lembo (2011, 2012).
Wenning had a good day offensively with three touchdown passes to move past Brent Baldwin (1993-96) and into a tie with Dave Wilson (1976-79) for fifth place on Ball State's career touchdown passes list with 36.
Defensively in the fourth quarter, Ball State managed to record its third sack of the game. Junior defensive end Jonathan Newsome along with classmate linebacker Kenneth Lee led the Cardinals in sacks with two apiece.
The Hoosiers did add a TD with 4:07 left in the game to make the score 38-32. Indiana would then attempt the onside kick in attempt to get the ball back but Ball State recovered it. Soon after, the Hoosiers got the ball back and scored to take the 39-38 lead.
In the opening minutes of the third quarter, junior wide receiver Jamill Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wenning to give Ball State the 31-25 edge over the Hoosiers. The pass and the reception marked the first for Smith and Wenning. The Cardinals added another TD with 4:11 on the clock after Wenning found Fakes in the endzone for 11 yards to put Ball State up 38-25 over Indiana. The touchdown marked Fakes second of the day and fourth of his career.
Indiana got on the board first in the opening minutes of the game, when kicker Mitch Ewald nailed a 26-yard field goal. After battling defensively with the Hoosiers, the Cardinals got on the board at the 9:05 mark in the first quarter after Wenning connected on a two-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Zane Fakes.
Ball State got the ball back on the Indiana 45-yard line after the Cardinals defense stopped the Hoosiers on a fourth and one. The ensuing possession resulted in a Ball State touchdown after Wenning threw a 34-yard TD pass to sophomore wide receiver Willie Snead making it a 14-3 contest. Indiana would then score its first touchdown of the quarter with 4:20 remaining off of a 13-yard TD run from running back Stephen Houston.
In the second quarter, Indiana scored first to put them ahead of the Cardinals 17-14. Ball State would knot the game at 17-17 at the 7:35 mark after senior kicker Steven Schott kicked a 51 yard field goal. Schott's field goal was his second 50-plus yard field goal of the season.
Sophomore Jahawan Edwards had a 1-yard touchdown run at the 4:35 mark in the second quarter to give the lead to Cardinals, 24-17. The touchdown marks Edwards 15th of his career and fourth this season. Indiana ended the half with a touchdown and the two-point conversion to head into the locker room with the 25-24 edge over Ball State.