OXFORD, Ohio – Jahwan Edwards rushed for three touchdowns as Ball State defeated Miami (Ohio) 31-24 Friday in their regular-season finale.
The Cardinals (9-3, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) won their sixth straight, their most since winning 12 straight in 2008.
It was a gutsy win, Ball State coach Pete Lembo said. I am so proud of our kids. We had a lot of adversity today but saw a lot of good things happen. I’m sure we will watch the film tomorrow and see some things we didn’t like, but there were a lot of good things that happened today.
Edwards, who gained 98 yards on 18 carries, scored on first-half runs of 5 and 2 yards, when Ball State took a 21-14 lead. His 17-yard third-quarter touchdown made it 28-14.
We knew we had to run it, and they knew we were going to run it, Lembo said. We had to control the ball and take time off the clock. We did a great job of that in the second half.
Steven Schott, who came in leading the nation in field goals with 23, booted a 27-yarder to make it 31-14 after three quarters.
The RedHawks (4-8, 3-5) narrowed the gap in the final quarter on Zac Dysert’s 10-yard scoring pass to Jamire Westbrook and a Kaleb Patterson field goal.
Dysert, who completed 26 of 40 for 218 yards, moved into second place on the conference’s career passing list with 12,013 yards, passing Byron Leftwich, who played for Marshall when it was a league member.
BOWLING GREEN 21, BUFFALO 7: In Columbus, Ohio, Matt Schilz threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead the Falcons.
John Pettigrew carried 29 times for 93 yards for the Bowling Green (8-4, 6-2), including a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the game’s first touchdown.
Schilz found Shaun Joplin with a 48-yard pass 1:56 before halftime for a 14-0 lead.
Schilz made it 21-0 with a 7-yard run in the third quarter. The 47-yard drive began with five consecutive rushes by Pettigrew, for 32 yards, then two short passes to Pettigrew before Schilz’s touchdown.
The Bulls (4-8, 3-5) got on the scoreboard with 9:59 remaining after Colby Way’s 22-yard interception return set them up at the Bowling Green 19. Two plays later, Alex Dennison ran it in from the 4.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 41, MASSACHUSETTS 21: In Foxboro, Mass., Zurlon Tipton etched his name into the Central Michigan record books as the Chippewas routed the Minutemen.
The win earned the Chippewas (6-6, 4-4) bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009-10.
Tipton ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. The junior finished the season with 20 touchdowns – 19 on the ground – tying him with Dan LeFevour’s 2007 marks for the second highest single-season output in each category in the program’s history. Tipton finished the season with 1,391 yards, the seventh best single-season mark at the school.
The 100-yard game was Tipton’s sixth straight.
Cody Wilson caught five passes for 26 yards, and has a reception in 41 consecutive games, the second longest streak in college football behind Duke’s Conner Vernon (46).