Scores

Final

Indiana 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ball State 27

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Lucas Oil Stadium, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 10 0 320
BALL 0 14 10 327

Top Performers

Passing: E. Wright-Baker (IND) - 272 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: K. Wenning (BALL) - 8 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Belcher (IND) - 4 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Keith Wenning helps Ball State upset Indiana

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ball State's players pumped their helmets in front of the student section at Lucas Oil Stadium, then walked to the sideline and did it again in front of their parents.

Hey, there was good reason to celebrate Saturday night.

Keith Wenning threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, leading the Cardinals to a 27-20 victory over Indiana in coach Pete Lembo's debut.

Ball State has now won two in a row against Indiana. It also beat the Hoosiers in 2008.

Wenning was terrific after holding off Kelly Page in the offseason quarterback competition. He finished 23 of 29 for 173 yards, including a perfect throw on the go-ahead score. He also ran eight times for 61 yards and scored on a 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.

Indiana lost its season opener for the first time in eight years, and this one ruined the head coaching debut of Kevin Wilson, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator who was hired in December.

Wilson was aggressive from the start.

His team rarely huddled, barely slowed down on play calls and gambled twice on fourth-down calls, getting a touchdown on the first one and turning the ball over on downs at the Ball State 9 in the fourth quarter.

But running plays at a breakneck pace backfired on a defense that was worn down by game's end.

Ball State rushed for 210 yards in the game, and controlled the ball for the vast majority of the second half.

It certainly didn't start out that way.

Indiana went 76 yards in 15 plays on its opening drive, scoring on Matt Perez's 9-yard run when Wilson went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Ball State 9.

Ball State tied the score when Barrington Scott caught a 1-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.

Indiana then appeared to turn the game on a two-play sequence when Ball State linebacker Tony Martin dropped an interception that could have been returned for a score. On the next play, Edward Wright-Baker hurled a perfect deep ball to Demarlo Belcher, who made a twisting catch on the sideline, spun inside of the only defender that deep and jogged the final 20 yards for a 65-yard TD catch to make it 14-7.

The Cardinals were just getting started.

They tied the score on Wenning's plunge and again at 17 when Steven Schott connected on a 38-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

Then, after forcing a three-and-out, Wenning threw a beautiful 20-yard lob to Connor Ryan in the back corner of the end zone. The play stood up to replay review and gave Ball State a 24-17 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

The team's traded field goals in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the game, and Ball State recovered Indiana's late onside kick to seal it.

Wright-Baker was 20 of 32 for 272 yards and one touchdown for the Hoosiers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
BALL
1st Downs1824
Total Yards375383
Passing272173
Rushing103210
Penalties3-445-54
3rd Down Conversions8-1610-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers00
Possession23:2736:33

Passing Leaders

IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright-Baker20/322728.510
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wenning23/291736.020

Rushing Leaders

IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston9434.8013
Perez12413.419
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards16845.3015
Scott18633.5017

Receiving Leaders

IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Belcher410125.3165
Muhammad66811.3024
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gibson55711.4022
Orsbon5408.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDBALL
TD08:56Matt Perez 9 Yd Run (Mitch Ewald Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERINDBALL
TD14:20Barrington Scott 1 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 77
TD12:58Damarlo Belcher 65 Yd Pass From Edward Wright-Baker (Mitch Ewald Kick) 147
TD07:11Keith Wenning 1 Yd Run (Steven Schott Kick) 1414
FG03:17Mitch Ewald 49 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERINDBALL
FG09:25Steven Schott 38 Yd 1717
TD03:38Connor Ryan 20 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERINDBALL
FG02:16Steven Schott 22 Yd 1727
FG00:59Mitch Ewald 27 Yd 2027