MUNCIE – Jahwan Edwards rushed for three touchdowns, including the eventual game winner as Ball State held on to defeat Toledo 31-24 Saturday.
The game was tied twice in the fourth quarter before Edwards’ third touchdown capped a 71-yard scoring drive with 3:01 to play. Edwards finished with 20 carries for 89 yards.
Ball State (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) quarterback Keith Wenning rushed for a 7-yard TD to put the Cardinals up 24-17 with 12:11 to play. The Cardinals then regained possession after Toledo turned the ball over on downs on their next offensive series.
The Cardinals were looking to put the game away before Ross Madison picked off a Wenning pass and returned it 21 yards to the Ball State 34. David Fluellen’s 1-yard TD run finished a six-play Rockets’ drive to tie the game at 24 with 6:20 to play.
Fluellen had 129 rushing yards to lead Toledo (2-3, 1-1).
BOWLING GREEN 31, AKRON 14: In Bowling Green, Ohio, Travis Greene rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown to pace an explosive Bowling Green offense.
Greene had 24 carries and leads the Falcons (4-1, 2-0 MAC) running game in 2013 with 409 total yards for an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
Matt Johnson was also proficient, completing 18 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two Falcon touchdowns. Akron (1-4, 0-1) started with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter.
KENT ST. 32, W. MICHIGAN 14: In Kalamazoo, Mich., Trayion Durham ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns to power Kent State.
In addition to Durham, running back Dri Archer and quarterback Colin Reardon each added more than 50 yards on the ground for the Golden Flashes (2-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference). Western Michigan fell to 0-5, 0-1.
N.C. STATE 48, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 14: In Raleigh, N.C., Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes each had long scoring runs during North Carolina State’s four-touchdown second quarter.
D.J. Green returned an interception 37 yards for the first score and Rashard Smith brought a punt back 67 yards for a TD to help N.C. State (3-1) build a 35-0 halftime lead.
Cooper Rush threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Titus Davis on the first play of the fourth quarter for the Chippewas (1-4) but also was intercepted three times.
BUFFALO 41, CONNECTICUT 12: In Buffalo, N.Y., the Bulls beat the Huskies for the first time in a dozen years, increasing the pressure on third-year Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni.
Buffalo (2-2) scored through the air, on the ground and on defense in building a 28-12 halftime lead while the Huskies (0-4) committed two turnovers and had a field goal attempt blocked.
ST. JOSEPH’S 24, TRINE 21: In Rensselaer, the Thunder faced a Division II team – something that had never before happened – but the Pumas got 138 rushing yards and a touchdown from Braxton Shelton.
Trine (3-1) quarterback Andrew Dee completed 19 of 32 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Richard Gunn rushed for 175 yards. And Gage Corner had eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
St. Joseph’s (3-1) never trailed in the game, but a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dee to Kevin Matejko tied it at 21 in the third quarter.
Gavin Voss’ 21-yard field goal was the difference.
ROSE-HULMAN 44, MANCHESTER 30: In North Manchester, Rose-Hulman (2-2) scored the final 17 points to keep Manchester winless at 0-4.
Ryan Landwehr completed 20 of 33 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns for Rose-Hulman, and he rushed for two touchdowns. Aaron Abbott had nine catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Manchester’s Nick Williams completed 18 of 36 passes for 148 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and he rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown.
BUTLER 45, JACKSONVILLE 27: In Jacksonville, Fla., Matt Lancaster passed for one touchdown and rushed for two more. The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 Pioneer) were looking for their first-ever Sunshine State win and found it, exploding in the second half with 31 unanswered points.
VALPARAISO 49, CAMPBELL 42: In Valparaiso, Eric Hoffman hit Andrew Cassara for an 11-yard touchdown in overtime to lead Valparaiso.
Campbell had a chance to tie and force a second overtime, but Brian Hudson was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line by the Crusaders.
Valparaiso (1-3, 1-0 Pioneer League) did its damage through the air, with Hoffman throwing for 407 yards and four touchdowns.