Not many, if any, experts had Ball State, of the Mid-American Conference, leading South Florida of the Big East Conference, 10-9 at halftime. But, this is college football and reality, anything can happen on any given Saturday afternoon.
With the score tied 3-3, the Cardinals drove down the field and sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards ran bullied his way into the end zone, giving the Cardinals a 10-3 lead. The touchdown was Edwards’ fifth of the season, and ties him for 10th all-time in career rushing touchdowns.
South Florida, behind senior quarterback B.J. Daniels, mirrored Ball State’s previous drive. On second-and-10 from the Ball State 15-yard line, Daniels dropped back in the pocket, paused and flipped the ball to junior running back Lamar Lindsey for a 15-yard touchdown.
The ensuing extra point attempt was the difference in the opening half, as the Cardinals’ Joel Cox blocked what would have been the game-tying point, further preserving the Cardinals’ one-point lead.
Behind a monstrous offensive line that averages over 303 pounds across the board, South Florida took the games opening drive and powered its way down the field. The Bulls ran the ball 15 times in 17 plays on their initial drive and amassed 50 yards en route to a 42-yard field goal off the foot of redshirt senior placekicker Maikon Bonani.
Ball State answered on its opening drive by marching down the field behind junior quarterback Keith Wenning, who was 3-for-4 for 44 yards before fifth-year senior placekicker Steven Schott booted a 39-yard field goal, knotting the game 3-3. Schott is now 18 of his last 19 field goal tried from 39-yards or less in his career.