Central Michigan at Ball State

Wenning leads Ball State past Central Michigan


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Keith Wenning threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns and Horactio Banks had 11 carries for a career-high 143 yards and a score to help Ball State beat Central Michigan 44-24 on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) have won seven straight since falling at North Texas on Sept. 14. They are at No. 22 Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0) next Wednesday night in a key West Division game and will close the regular season at home against Miami of Ohio on Nov. 19.

''We are very happy to get a win tonight, to be 9-1 at this point and to continue to be in the hunt for a championship,'' Ball State coach Pete Lembo said.

Ball State has won 11 consecutive conference games, one shy of the school record set in 1977-78. They also won 11 in a row in MAC play in 2007-08.

Wenning, Ball State's career leader in touchdown passes, passing yards, completions and attempts, completed 20 of 29 passes without an interception.

Cooper Rush was 20 of 32 for 284 yards and a touchdown for Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3). He also ran for a score. Titus Davis had nine catches for 187 yards and a score.

Wenning threw two touchdown passes in light rain in the first quarter, an 8-yarder to Jordan Williams and a 13-yarder to Willie Snead, and connected with Jamill Smith for 30 yards to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter. Banks added a 25-yard scoring run with 1:17 left in the half to make it 31-3.

''We liked the way our guys came out of the gate,'' Lembo said. ''They were focused, and it looked like the couple extra days between games paid off. We really kept our foot on the gas in the second quarter and built a nice lead going into the intermission.''

In the third quarter, Wenning threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Snead to make it 41-10.

Snead finished with nine catches for 118 yards. Snead broke the school record for touchdown catches in a season with 12 and tied the Cardinals' career mark with his 11th 100-yard receiving game.

Smith had six receptions for 91 yards. Jahwan Edwards added 92 yards rushing on 18 carries, and Scott Secor made 28-, 31- and 26-yard field goals.

Zurlon Tipton scored on a 1-yard run for Central Michigan in the third quarter, and Rush had a 26-yard touchdown run early in the fourth and threw a 22-yard scoring pass to Davis with 1:33 to go. Ron Coluzzi made a 30-yard field goal.

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Scoring Summary
BALLSTJordan Williams 8 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Scott Secor kick)
BALLSTWillie Snead 13 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Scott Secor kick)
BALLSTJamill Smith 30 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Scott Secor kick)
CMICHRon Coluzzi 30 yd FG
BALLSTScott Secor 28 yd FG
BALLSTHoractio Banks 25 yd run (Scott Secor kick)
BALLSTScott Secor 31 yd FG
CMICHZurlon Tipton 1 yd run (Ron Coluzzi kick)
BALLSTWillie Snead 1 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Scott Secor kick)
CMICHCooper Rush 26 yd run (Ron Coluzzi kick)
BALLSTScott Secor 26 yd FG
CMICHTitus Davis 22 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1827
Third Down Efficiency4-111-10
Fourth Down Efficiency1-12-4
Plays-Net Yards59-39773-549
Passing Yds284299
Kick Return Yds16947
Punt Return Yds042
Time of Poss.27:2731:0
Individual Stats
CMICH: Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore 6-68, Cooper Rush 7-21, Saylor Lavallii 9-16, Zurlon Tipton 5-8
BALLST: Horactio Banks 11-143, Jahwan Edwards 18-90, Teddy Williamson 6-14, Zane Fakes 2-8, Keith Wenning 5--2, Team 2--3
CMICH: Cooper Rush 20-32-284-1
BALLST: Keith Wenning 20-29-299-0
CMICH: Titus Davis 9-187, Andrew Flory 5-39, Connor Odykirk 2-38, Courtney Williams 2-17, Deon Butler 1-3, Saylor Lavallii 1-0
BALLST: Willie Snead 9-118, Jamill Smith 6-91, Zane Fakes 3-63, Sam Brunner 1-19, Jordan Williams 1-8
Central Michigan5th Mid American West3-56-7
Ball State6th Mid American West1-74-8

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