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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 Scheumann Stadium.

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