DENTON, Texas – Derek Thompson threw for 274 yards and rushed 72 yards to lead North Texas to a 34-27 come-from-behind win over Ball State Saturday.
North Texas (1-1) struggled early as Ball State (2-1) sprinted to a 20-3 lead in the first quarter.
Ball State combined offense and defense to get out front as Keith Wenning tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead, Horactio Banks added a 77-yard touchdown run and Brian Jones scooped up a fumble, returning it 3 yards for another score.
The Mean Green relied on the foot of Zack Paul to keep them in the game as he made field goals of 48, 22, 47 and 19 yards.
North Texas’ first touchdown came late in the first half when Thompson hit Brelan Chancellor on a 25-yard pass. The Mean Green took the lead when Thompson scored on a 26-yard run with 9:47 left in the game.
TRINE 16, ELMHURST 7: In Elmhurst, Ill., the Thunder scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to go to 2-0 on the season.
Tyler Keck kicked field goals of 24, 24 and 20 yards and Richard Gunn ran 15 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 to play for Trine, which outgained Elmhurst 379-238 and intercepted four passes, including three in the fourth quarter.
Gunn had 129 yards on 18 rushing attempts and junior Austin Shoemaker added 71 yards on 14 attempts. Sophomore Gage Corner led all receivers with six catches for 64 yards.
KALAMAZOO 31, MANCHESTER 21: At Manchester, Kalamazoo trailed 14-7 with 32 seconds left in the first half, but tied it with seven seconds left on Elijah Hamilton-Wray’s 57-yard run, kicking off 24 straight points to seal the win.
For Manchester (0-2), Nick Williams threw for 261 yards and ran for 74 to spark a 422-yard offensive day for the Spartans.
INDIANA STATE 70, QUINCY 7: In Terre Haute, Mike Perish catapulted Indiana State (1-2) into its first win of the season with four touchdown passes and one rushing.
Perish was 23 of 26 for a career-high 379 yards passing before leaving the field five minutes into the third quarter.
BUTLER 31, FRANKLIN 28: In Franklin, Matt Lancaster ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third to lead Butler (2-1) to a come-from-behind win over Division III Franklin (0-2) in the first game under the lights at Fraught Stadium.
WILLIAM JEWELL 36, VALPARAISO 34: In Valparaiso, Thomas Cook Jr. produced 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns to fuel a William Jewell (1-1) offense that built a 20-point lead. Valparaiso fell to 0-3.