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Sunday, September 08, 2019 1:00 am

State

Plitt tosses 6 TDs in Cardinals win

Associated Press

MUNCIE – Drew Plitt passed for 439 yards and a school-record-tying six touchdowns and Ball State won its 10th straight home opener with a 57-29 victory over Fordham on Saturday.

Plitt's passing yardage is the fourth highest in team history and the 57 points is the Cardinals' fourth highest total all-time. The Cardinals scored a team-record 66 points in a 1977 win over Cal Poly Pomona. Plitt's six TD passes matched the mark set by Keith Wenning in 2013.

Fordham (0-2) jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead on Zach Davis' 2-yard run. Plitt answered for Ball State (1-1), connecting with Justin Hall on a 50-yard scoring strike to knot the score at 7. The Rams reclaimed the lead when Tim DeMorat hooked up with Jack Lynch for a 5-yard score, but Walter Fletcher's 10-yard TD run with 57 seconds left in the first quarter tied the game at 14-all.

Plitt, who completed 32 of 40 passes, tossed two TD passes in the second quarter for a 28-14 halftime lead.

BUTLER 30, INDIANA WESLEYAN 27, OT: In Indianapolis, Stephen Dennis' four-yard touchdown run in overtime served as the game winner and Butler narrowly escaped an upset bid.

Brad Sznajder's 14-yard touchdown run gave Butler (1-1) its first lead of the game at 24-17 with 7:16 left in regulation. On the last drive of the game, Indiana Wesleyan quarterback Zack Blair led a 16-play, 75-yard drive to knot the game as time expired. The Wildcats managed just a field goal in overtime.

DAYTON 42, INDIANA STATE 35: In Terre Haute, Sean Prophit scored two rushing touchdowns, the last a 13-yard jaunt that was the game winner.

Prophit's run capped a 10-play, 85-yard drive that ended with 1:57 remaining. Indiana State took the kickoff and marched to Dayton's 26-yard line before Zach Rumpke intercepted Ryan Boyle at the 8-yard line to seal the win.