Toledo 34

(5-1, 3-0 MAC)

Ball State 14

(1-5, 1-2 MAC)

3:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 6 21 0 734
BALL 7 0 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: B. Gradkowski (EAST) - 207 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Dawson (TOL) - 25 CAR, 146 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Allen (TOL) - 4 REC, 39 YDS, 1 TD

Toledo 34, Ball State 14

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Bruce Gradkowski threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns in Toledo's 34-14 win over Ball State on Saturday.

Trinity Dawson ran for 146 yards and one touchdown as the Rockets (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) held the Cardinals to 190 total yards.

Gradkowski hit John Allen with a 13-yard TD pass at 8:48 in the first quarter to give the Rockets a 6-0 lead, but the Cardinals blocked the extra point kick.

Three minutes later, Ball State's Louis Johnson blocked a Toledo punt and Larry Bostic recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Brian Jackson nailed the extra point to give the Cardinals (1-4, 1-1) a 7-6 lead, their last of the game.

Toledo scored 21 unanswered points on a 10-yard run by Dawson and Gradkowski passes of 18 and 32 yards respectively to Steve Odom and Nick Moore, giving the Rockets a 27-7 lead at halftime.

Ball State's Darius Hill scored early in the third on a 16-yard pass from Joey Lynch to narrow the gap to 27-14.

But Jordan Anthony intercepted a Lynch pass with 14:16 left in the fourth and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to give the Rockets the winning edge.

It was the 30th meeting between the two schools. Toledo owns a 16-14-1 edge in the series.