MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Jahwan Edwards ran for a career-high 200 yards and tied a career best with three touchdowns, helping Ball State beat Eastern Michigan 37-26 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Edwards, a sophomore, scored from 7 yards out in the first quarter, then added 75-yard and 3-yard scoring runs in the third. Edwards' previous career high was 123 yards rushing Oct. 15 against Ohio.
Horactio Banks added a rushing score for Ball State, and Keith Wenning was 26 of 41 for 267 yards passing. Steven Schott made three field goals, including a 52-yarder.
Alex Gillett was the offense for the Eagles, throwing for 186 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 81 yards and another score. Donald Scott, Garrett Hoskins and Mitchell Dawkins each caught touchdown passes.
The game was tied 13-13 at halftime, but Ball State scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.
|BALLST||Jahwan Edwards 7 yd run (Steven Schott kick)|
|BALLST||Steven Schott 52 yd FG|
|EMICH||Donald Scott 8 yd pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick)|
|EMICH||Garrett Hoskins 23 yd pass from Alex Gillett (blocked XP)|
|BALLST||Steven Schott 29 yd FG|
|BALLST||Jahwan Edwards 75 yd run (Steven Schott kick)|
|BALLST||Horactio Banks 8 yd run (Steven Schott kick)|
|BALLST||Jahwan Edwards 3 yd run (Steven Schott kick)|
|BALLST||Steven Schott 19 yd FG|
|EMICH||Mitchell Dawkins 7 yd pass from Alex Gillett (failed 2pt pass)|
|EMICH||Alex Gillett 16 yd run (Kody Fulkerson kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-12||7-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||72||100|
|Punt Return Yds||-4||21|
|Time of Poss.||24:8||35:52|
|EMICH: Alex Gillett 11-81, Javonti Greene 9-62, Dominique Sherrer 10-30, Bronson Hill 2-7, Team 1-0|
|BALLST: Jahwan Edwards 20-200, Horactio Banks 14-63, Barrington Scott 14-49, Keith Wenning 6-20, Team 1--3|
|EMICH: Alex Gillett 15-34-186-0|
|BALLST: Keith Wenning 26-41-267-0|
|EMICH: Javonti Greene 3-51, Garrett Hoskins 3-13, Demarius Reed 2-25, Dustin Creel 2-25, Donald Scott 2-22, Bronson Hill 1-33, Quincy Jones 1-10, Mitchell Dawkins 1-7|
|BALLST: Jamill Smith 7-119, Connor Ryan 6-53, Zane Fakes 4-48, Willie Snead 4-27, Jahwan Edwards 2-7, David Schneider 2-7, Jack Tomlinson 1-6|
|Eastern Michigan||5th Mid American West||1-7||2-10|
|Ball State||2nd Mid American West||7-1||10-2|