Recap: Central Mich vs. Ball State
Mount Pleasant, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jahwan Edwards rushed for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Scott Secor booted a 55-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to break a tie that gave the Ball State Cardinals a 32-29 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference play at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Edwards carried the ball 32 times for 98 yards and a pair of scores, and quarterback Jack Milas completed 21-of-38 passing for 198 yards and a touchdown for Ball State (2-5, 1-2 MAC). The win ended a Cardinals five-game losing skid.
Cooper Rush completed 20-of-32 passing for 245 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for Central Michigan (4-4, 2-2), which saw a two-game win streak come to an end. Thomas Rawls carried the ball 32 times for 167 yards and a touchdown, and Titus Davis hauled in 10 receptions for 128 yards and two scores in the loss.
Ball State struck first when Edwards took a handoff seven yards into the end zone for the touchdown with 11:43 left in the first quarter. Secor's extra point try was blocked, so the Cardinals held the 6-0 advantage.
But the Chippewas made sure to erase that lead quickly. CMU scored on a Rawls five-yard touchdown run with 9:04 to play in the frame to take the 7-6 lead.
It wouldn't last, as Milas connected with KeVonn Mabon on a 40-yard scoring completion with 6:11 to play in the first for a 13-7 Ball State lead. Secor extended that advantage five seconds into the second period with a 39-yard field goal to cap an 11-play drive.
Rush tossed his first touchdown pass with 7:03 to play in the half when he found Joe Bacci for a one-yard touchdown that cut the Ball State lead to 16-14.
Secor then booted through a 37-yard field goal with 2:55 to play for the 19-14 lead, then Edwards carried in a one-yard score with 1:14 left for the 26-14 lead, which the Cardinals took into halftime.
Central Michigan came out fired up at the start of the third quarter, and cut the Ball State lead to 26-21 when Rush found Davis for a 27-yard touchdown connection with 12:01 left in the frame.
With 1:02 to play in the third quarter, Secor gave the Cardinals a bit of insurance room by booting through a 20-yard field goal for the 29-21 advantage.
The Chippewas tied the game, though, with 2:22 left to play when Rush hit Davis for another score - this time from eight yards out - and then rushed in the two-point conversion for the 29-29 score.
It was Secor once again, this time playing the role of hero, as he connected on a 55-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals their winning 32-29 margin.
Although Edwards was stellar for the Cardinals, Central Michigan still held a 181-89 advantage in terms of rushing yards in the game. The Chippewas turned the ball over a total of five times in the contest, and were hit with 10 penalties that totaled 91 yards.Game Notes