Football Bowl Subdivision

               === Edwards helps Ball State top No. 23 Toledo ===
 Toledo,  OH (Sports Network) - Jahwan Edwards broke a tied game with a 15-yard
 touchdown  run late in the fourth quarter, as Ball State ended Toledo's eight-
 game  winning  streak by topping the  23rd-ranked Rockets, 34-27, at the Glass
 Edwards  ran  for 105 yards  on 16 carries, and  Keith Wenning threw for three
 touchdowns  for  the  Cardinals  (7-3,  4-2 MAC),  winners  of  four  straight
 following losses to Kent State and Northern Illinois.
 Wenning  completed 29-of-42  passes for  280 yards  and was  intercepted three
 times,  but  Ball State made up  for the miscues  by forcing a key turnover on
 downs midway through the fourth quarter.
 "It  doesn't get any better than this," Ball State coach Pete Lembo said. "Our
 guys  just hang in there and keep battling. We're not a great team but we're a
 team. We're together. We ride out the highs and lows and we keep believing."
 Toledo's  David Fluellen gashed  the Cardinals for 200 yards and a score on 34
 carries,  though he  lost a  fumble and  was unable  to move  the chains  at a
 critical time.
 Terrance Owens threw for 215 yards and a TD on 14-of-27 throws for the Rockets
 (8-2,  5-1), who had not lost since dropping their season opener to Arizona in
 "Ball  State  made the  more disciplined plays  throughout the football game,"
 Toledo  coach Matt  Campbell said. "We played behind much of the game tonight,
 and  we did some  things that have been uncharacteristic of us this season. We
 have  to correct  those and pay attention to details and executing in critical
 situations  as  we  move  forward.  Hopefully  tonight  is  a  great  learning
 With  the score tied, 27-27, Campbell opted to pass up a short field goal try.
 It  was the second time in the fourth quarter Toledo's head coach went for the
 first  down on  4th-and-1. The  first gamble  resulted in  a touchdown  run by
 Fluellen,  but  the second ended with  Fluellen getting stuffed for no gain at
 the Ball State 14-yard line with 6:02 remaining.
 Edwards did most of the work in getting the Cardinals down the field, carrying
 the  ball four times in the first five plays for 41 yards, including a 19-yard
 run  on 3rd-and-9. Another third-down conversion on a nice catch by Zane Fakes
 kept  the  drive alive,  and Edwards took  a handoff around  the left side and
 sprinted into the end zone with 1:43 remaining.
 Toledo,  with no  timeouts,  only moved  the  ball seven  yards  on its  final
 possession.  A  sack on second down  and two straight incompletions sealed the
 upset win for the visitors.
 Wenning  went  7-for-8 for 71 yards  on the game's opening drive and connected
 with Jamill Smith on a corner route in the end zone for a 6-yard score.
 After  Toledo  punted in  enemy territory,  Wenning completed  all five of his
 attempts  on an  87-yard march,  the  last 25  yards coming  on Connor  Ryan's
 touchdown catch for a 14-0 lead less than 11 minutes in.
 Later in the first quarter, Fluellen got Toledo moving with a 31-yard run, and
 Owens found an open Bernard Reedy behind the secondary for a 24-yard TD.
 An illegal block negated a Fluellen touchdown run early in the second quarter,
 and the Rockets settled for a 29-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer.
 Another  promising  drive by the Rockets  ended when Fluellen fumbled near the
 red  zone. Ball State linebacker Tony Martin scooped up the loose ball, ran it
 back  to the Toledo 12, and the Cardinals padded their lead on Steven Schott's
 24-yard field goal with just over four minutes left in the half.
 Fluellen  shook off the  fumble and helped Toledo reach the Ball State 33, and
 Cassius  McDowell picked up  the rest on three carries to make it a 17-17 game
 heading to halftime.
 The  Rockets  went three-and-out on their  first two possessions of the second
 half, allowing Ball State to regain the lead. A pair of third-down conversions
 on a 10-play, 61-yard drive ended with Smith hauled in a 3-yard TD pass.
 Detmer's  22-yard  field goal cut Toledo's  deficit to 24-20 late in the third
 quarter, and Dan Molls came away with an interception on the first play of the
 ensuing drive.
 The  Rockets looked like  they were going to settle for three again when Owens
 was  stopped a yard  short on third down, but Campbell kept his offense on the
 field. Fluellen then took a handoff up the middle and went virtually untouched
 for a go-ahead 16-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter.
 Schott,  who missed  a 35-yarder midway through the third quarter, tied things
 again on a 30-yard field goal with 9:41 remaining.
                                   Game Notes
 Toledo,  which was  ranked  for the  first time  since  2001, trails  Northern
 Illinois  by  one game in  the West Division. The  two schools play each other
 next  Wednesday  ...  Ball  State went  8-for-12  on  third-down  conversions,
 compared  to  7-for-16 for  Toledo ... The  Rockets outgained the conference's
 best  offense,  526-447 ...  Toledo committed  11 penalties  for 115 yards ...
 Toledo holds a narrow 19-18-1 advantage in the all-time series.
 11/07 00:58:47 ET

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