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Game Of The Week: Toledo At Ball St.

Toledo and Ball State both look to move one step closer to a MAC championship when the teams clash in Muncie. It's a battle for MAC West supremacy between two of the conference's heavyweights. Follow the game coverage here.

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Cardinals Handle Rockets

The Cardinals won the first fight in a three-fight series that will ultimately determine the MAC West leader.

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FINAL: BSU Beats Toledo 31-24

The Ball St. Cardinals (4-1, 2-0) hung on to win the big MAC West matchup thanks to a late fourth quarter touchdown by running back Jahwan Edwards with 3:01 left in the game which sealed BSU's 31-24 win over Toledo (2-3, 1-1). The score was Edwards third on the day, and recaptured the lead for the Cardinals after David Fluellen notched things up at 24-all a few minutes earlier.

The game lived up to the hype, as both offenses put up big numbers. Toledo finished the game with 415 yards of total offense, while Ball St. edged out 463. After a scoreless third quarter, Toledo opened up the fourth with a 10-yard pass from Terrance Owens to Alonzo Russell which notched the game at 17-17. Over the final 14 minutes, the lead changed two more times as both squads traded blows back and forth.

With 12:11 left Keith Wenning topped off a 2:37 yards drive with a rushing touchdown, his only score of the day. A few drives later Fluellen struck, and then Edwards capped the game off.

Wenning finished the game with 335 yards, 0 passing touchdowns and one interception. Edwards had three scores, on 20 carries for 89 yards. Willie Snead had another monster game hauling in seven passes for 131 yards, and fellow wideout's Jamill Smith and Javond Williams finished with 99 and 92 yards receiving respectively.

For the Rockets Owens finished with 274 yards passing, 1 touchdown and a pick. Fluellen added 129 yards on 27 carries and had one score, that game tying touchdown late in the fourth. Russell led the Toledo receiving core with 147 yards and a touchdown on nine catches.

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3Q: Ball State 17, Toledo 10 (Still.)

A shockingly clean sheet in the 3rd quarter keeps Ball State on top of Toledo by 7, 17 to 10 the score after 3.

Both defenses suddenly stood tall out of the locker room. Ball State has evened up the turnover battle with a pick and a fumble recovery. The fumble recovery was particularly important, as Toledo had managed to get into the red zone for the first time all game. David Fluellen coughed up the ball, however, and the Cardinals managed to recover.

It didn't come to points, though, as the Cardinals couldn't move against the Rockets defense either. Only 2 drives in the 3rd quarter, 5 plays for 21 yards, and 7 plays for 44 yards.

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Half: Ball State 17, Toledo 10

Another Jahwan Edwards touchdown has the Ball State Cardinals flexing their offensive muscle over the Toledo Rockets as the Cards enter the half with a 17-10 lead.

On the stat sheet, the Cardinals have dominated the game -- 270 total yards to 125. 16 first downs to 5. 1 penalty to 7 (!), 17 minutes of possession to 12. In fact, the only thing that's going the Rockets way is turnovers: Chase Murdock came away with a fumble recovery to kill another Ball State drive that had already entered Toledo territory.

The gameplan for the Cardinals: keep the Toledo defense on its heels. Turnovers happen, but they seem to be able to find holes in the D on big plays.

The gameplan for the Rockets: find a way to jump start the offense. Terrance Owens sparked the team last week against Central Michigan, but he's had too many throws sail over the heads of his receivers today. His receivers haven't helped, as crucial passes have slipped through their fingers.

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1Q: Ball State and Toledo tied at 10 a piece.

Everyone looked at this game as a possible candidate for full-on MACtion, and it's looking that way as the Ball State Cardinals and Toledo Rockets are tied at 10.

The Cardinals put points on the board on their first drive of the game, marching 75 yards in under 4 minutes, capped off by Jahwan Edwards pounding it in from 2 yards out.

Toledo has had two drives move down the field, but miscues have kept them out of the end zone. Their first drive stalled after Bernard Reedy was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, turning a 3rd and 3 into a 3rd and 19. Their second drive of the quarter also stalled when Terrance Owens passes slipped through the hands of his receivers. That set up a Jeremiah Detmer 45 yard field goal.

On the next possession, though, the Rockets started to put on the press, and it paid off: Jayrone Elliot came in from the end and hit Wenning just as he was about to throw, and Junior Sylvestre picked up the loose ball and ran it 23 yards for the score.

The Cardinals evened it up at the end of the quarter, a 55 yard pass from Wenning to Willie Snead put them in Toledo territory, but they settled for a 23 yard Scott Secor field goal.

One big stat so far: penalties. Toledo has already been flagged 4 times for 42 yards, while the Cardinals have a clean sheet so far.

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Toledo @ Ball St.: Prepare For A MAC West Shootout

Toledo and Ball State both look to move one step closer to a MAC championship when the teams clash in Muncie on Saturday.

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