The Journal Gazette
Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:00 am


Cardinals cruise; unbeaten in MAC

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MUNCIE – Drew Plitt threw three touchdowns, and Malik Dunner ran for two scores, and Ball State dominated Toledo 52-14.

The Cardinals (4-3, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) built a 38-0 lead by halftime. Plitt threw touchdowns of 24 and 39 yards to Riley Miller in a 21/2-minute span following Ryan Rimmler's 42-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 17-0 lead. Dunner had a 51-yard touchdown run early in the second. Before intermission, Walter Fletcher had a 3-yard TD run and Plitt threw a 36-yard score to Justin Hall.

Ball State outgained Toledo in total yardage 580-309 with 374 coming from the Cardinals' rushing attack. Ball State converted half its 12 third-down conversion attempts and was 2 of 2 on fourth down.

Plitt was 11-for-17 passing for 206 yards, Caleb Huntley ran for 119 yards on 20 carries and Dunner tallied 90 yards on two carries. His 39-yard TD run with 1:53 left in the third quarter made it 52-7.

MOREHEAD ST. 31, BUTLER 20: In Morehead, Kentucky, Mark Pappas threw for three touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Pappas was 21-of-29 passing for 300 yards for the Eagles (4-3, 2-1 Pioneer League). Quarterback Nick Orlando threw for just 47 yards but ran for three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-3), who are winless against Division I opponents.

OLIVET 34, TRINE 17: In Angola, the Comets used two long touchdown drives spanning the third and fourth quarters to pull away from the Thunder in an MIAA game at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.

The Comets (6-0, 3-0 MIAA) led 21-10 at halftime, but Trine (3-3, 0-3) drew within 21-17 with 13:10 remaining in the third as freshman quarterback Alex Price connected on a 13-yard scoring pass to Adam Glutting.

MANCHESTER 30, FRANKLIN 21: In Franklin, the Spartans pulled off one of their biggest upsets in recent years, outscoring Franklin 20-7 in the fourth quarter to cement their first win over Franklin since 1997.

Manchester (2-4, 1-2 HCAC) running back Donavan Henderson, Jr., needing just 115 yards to break the school's all-time rushing record, ran for 188 yards to bring his career total to 3,196. Henderson surpassed Dan Taylor's record of 3,122 rushing yards that was set over four decades ago.

SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 42, INDIANA ST. 23: In Terre Haute, J'Bore Gibbs fired three touchdown passes in the first half, Pierre Strong Jr. rushed for two scores and South Dakota State clobbered Indiana State 42-17 on Saturday, setting up a first-place Missouri Valley Conference showdown in a week.

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