NCAA Game Summary - Akron at Ball State|
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Ball State 37, Akron 30 (2OT)
Muncie, IN (Sports Network) - Keith Wenning threw for 217 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the Ball State Cardinals to a thrilling, 37-30 double-
overtime victory over the Akron Zips in Mid-American Conference play at
Backup quarterback Kelly Page also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass in the win
for Ball State (3-7, 2-4 MAC). Three of the four passing TDs for Ball State
wen to Jack Tomlinson, who finished with 175 yards and seven catches.
Patrick Nicely threw for 178 yards and four touchdowns for Akron (0-10, 0-6),
but the signal caller completed just 18-of-39 passes and was intercepted three
times. Alex Allen led the way on the ground for the Zips, rumbling for 165
yards on 25 totes.
The Zips took an early 7-0 lead in the opening frame when Nicely connected
with Jalil Carter for a 12-yard strike.
Ball State struck back early in the second quarter, and it only took the
Cardinals one play, as Wenning hit Tomlinson with a 63-yard scoring strike.
Ian McGarvey added field goals of 23 and 44 yards, respectively for Ball
State, sending coach Stan Parrish's squad into the break with a 13-7 lead.
An 18-yard field goal by McGarvey late in the third quarter pushed Ball
State's lead to 16-7.
However, the Zips stormed back, scoring nine straight points in the third
quarter to tie the game at 16 apiece. The scoring began with an 11-yard
touchdown pass from Nicely to Richard Hall. However, the extra point by Igor
Iveljic was unsuccessful.
Iveljic redeemed himself later in the frame when he connecting on a game-tying
36-yard field goal.
It did not take Ball State long to regain its lead, as Page connected with
Tomlinson on a 49-yard scoring strike, early in the fourth stanza.
The winless Zips would not give up however, as Nicely connected with Jeremy
LaFrance for an 11-yard touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation.
That score sent the game in overtime, and in the first extra session Nicely
and LaFrance hooked up again, this time for a 22-yard touchdown, giving Akron
a 30-23 edge.
However, the Cardinals were able to even the score, as Tomlinson hauled in his
third touchdown reception, a 24-yard score coming from the arm of Wenning.
Ball State started the next overtime with the football and took only three
plays to push its lead to 37-30, as Wenning found David Schneider with a 19-
yard touchdown pass.
The Cardinals then stopped Akron from scoring on its possession, preserving
the victory, while leaving the Zips winless on the year.
11/06 18:07:35 ET