Ball St. 41, Indiana 39
Quarterback Keith Wenning put Ball State in position to beat
Indiana on Saturday night. Kicker Steven Schott completed the
The junior quarterback threw three touchdown passes, caught
another and moved the Cardinals 44 yards in the final 49 seconds to
set up Schott’s winning 42-yard field goal as time expired to give
Ball State a 41-39 victory at Indiana.
The Cardinals (2-1) have now beaten their bigger, better-known
in-state rival three straight times. Ball State improved to 3-49
all-time against BCS-conference schools, with all three wins coming
against the Hoosiers in the last four years, two in
But the difference Saturday was Wenning’s composure in the
He didn’t allow the Cardinals to get rattled during the
first-half shootout, didn’t get overly concerned when the Hoosiers
(2-1) scored on a 2-point conversion run with 5 seconds left in the
first half to take a 25-24 lead and didn’t fret when the Hoosiers
rallied from a 38-25 deficit to a 39-38 lead with two touchdowns in
the final four minutes.
Instead, Wenning went right back to work, completing passes of
14 yards, 12 yards and an incomprehensible 18-yard catch by Willie
Snead, who made a diving catch and slid out of bounds with 1 second
to go. Officials reviewed the play and the call on the field was
upheld, moving the ball from the Indiana 43 to the Indiana 25,
drawing boos from the crowd.
On the play before that, the officials had added 1 second to
clock when Ball State called its final timeout.
Schott then calmly knocked the ball through the uprights,
sending excited Ball State players rushing onto the field as they
jumped up and down.
Wenning finished the game 26 of 44 with 222 yards. He carried
six times for 40 yards and made his first career reception – a
12-yard TD catch from receiver Jamill Smith to give Ball State a
31-25 lead in the third quarter.
For the Hoosiers, it was a frustrating finish.
They rallied from a 14-3 first-half deficit to take a 25-24
halftime lead, then fell behind 38-25 late in the third quarter and
couldn’t anything going until Cameron Coffman was replaced in the
fourth quarter by true freshman Nate Sudfeld.
Coffman, making his first major college start, was 24 of 35 for
251 yards and two TDs before leaving the game early.
With starting quarterback Tre Roberson out with a broken left
leg and Coffman out for an undisclosed reason, Sudfeld took over
and rallied the Hoosiers.
He threw a 70-yard TD pass to Cody Latimer with 4:03 to go, and
after getting the ball back with 1:42 left, took the Hoosiers 77
yards in six plays — with the help of three pass interference
penalties. Sudfeld capped the drive with 2-yard TD pass with 49
seconds left in the game.
But Wenning wasn’t finished and masterfully set up Schott for
the decisive field goal.