NCAA Game Summary - Ball State at Central Michigan|
(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Ball State 31, Central Michigan 17
Mount Pleasant, MI (Sports Network) - Keith Wenning threw for 130 yards and
two touchdowns as the Ball State Cardinals posted a 31-17 win over the Central
Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference play at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Wenning finished the outing 12-of-18 in the passing department for the
Cardinals (2-3, 1-0 MAC) as they snapped a three-game slide. Eric Williams
caught just three balls, but they went for 83 yards and both scores, while
David Brown carried the ball seven times for 117 yards and a touchdown on the
The Chippewas (2-3, 1-2) were paced by Ryan Radcliff who converted 25-of-48
passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but under constant pressure he was
also picked off three times and sacked on six occasions.
At the 5:30 mark of the first quarter the Cardinals scored the first points of
the contest, thanks to a 56-yard pass play between Wenning and Williams.
Late in the period CMU's David Harman cut into that lead when he knocked
through a 24-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
The only points of the second frame came courtesy of a three-yard TD run by
Williams, pushing Ball State's advantage to 14-3 at the break.
Williams and Wenning combined on a 27-yard touchdown play late in the third
for BSU, but only after Brown raced 80 yards for a score of his own, giving
the Cardinals a commanding 28-3 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Radcliff tossed touchdown passes of six and 17 yards to Cody Wilson and David
Blackburn, respectively, in the fourth, while in between Ball State's Ian
McGarvey converted a 30-yard field goal, leaving the visitors with the
convincing 14-point win.
Ball State came away with the victory despite converting just 2-of-12 on
third-down plays on the day.
10/02 20:08:44 ET