Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 27

(2-6, 1-3 MAC)

Ball State 31

(5-3, 3-1 MAC)

2:00 PM ET, October 22, 2011

Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 10 7 3 727
BALL 0 3 21 731

Top Performers

Passing: R. Radcliff (CMU) - 436 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Z. Tipton (CMU) - 18 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: D. Blackburn (CMU) - 9 REC, 194 YDS, 2 TD

Ball St. 31, Cent. Michigan 27

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes, all in the second half as Ball State came back to beat Central Michigan 31-27 on Saturday.

The Cardinals (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American) trailed 20-3 early in the third quarter, but Wenning found Briggs Orsbon for a 28-yard touchdown and Aaron Mershman for a 2-yard score sandwiched around Jahwan Edwards' 1-yard run to give Ball State a 24-20 lead.

Ryan Radcliff, who threw three TD passes for Central Michigan, hit Cody Wilson for a 10-yard score to put the Chippewas (2-6, 1-3) ahead 27-24 with 11:45 remaining. But it took just six plays for the Cardinals to score again, this time on Wenning's 34-yard pass to Jamill Smith with 9:41 to go.

Radcliff and David Blackburn connected for first-half touchdowns of 19 and 60 yards as Central Michigan built a 17-3 halftime advantage. Radcliff threw for 436 yards while Wenning finished with 325.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
BALL
1st Downs2624
Total Yards569455
Passing436325
Rushing133130
Penalties8-857-55
3rd Down Conversions8-146-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers31
Possession33:4226:18

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Radcliff30/444369.931
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wenning27/383258.631

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tipton181106.1048
Cotton5265.2025
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott12433.6012
Wenning6315.2011

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blackburn919421.6260
Wilson89912.4120
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson610918.2046
Orsbon88710.9128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUBALL
FG08:16David Harman 45 Yd 30
TD02:46David Blackburn 19 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (David Harman Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERCMUBALL
TD10:34David Blackburn 60 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (David Harman Kick) 170
FG00:00Steven Schott 25 Yd 173
THIRD QUARTERCMUBALL
FG11:14David Harman 38 Yd 203
TD06:42Briggs Orsbon 28 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 2010
TD05:14Jahwan Edwards 1 Yd Run (Steven Schott Kick) 2017
TD01:18Aaron Mershman 2 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 2024
FOURTH QUARTERCMUBALL
TD11:45Cody Wilson 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (David Harman Kick) 2724
TD09:41Jamill Smith 34 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 2731