Scores

Final

South Florida 27

(2-2, 0-1 American)

Ball State 31

(3-1, 1-0 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Scheumann Stadium, MUNCIE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
USF 3 6 10 827
BALL 3 7 14 731

Top Performers

Passing: B. Daniels (USF) - 312 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Edwards (BALL) - 16 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Snead (BALL) - 11 REC, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Willie Snead catches late TD pass as Ball State rallies past USF

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Keith Wenning connected with Willie Snead for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 left as Ball State rallied to beat South Florida 31-27 on Saturday.

Snead, who finished with 11 catches for 135 yards, caught the winner in the back corner of the end zone for the Cardinals (3-1).

Ball State's Eric Patterson picked off South Florida's B.J. Daniels at the 10-yard line as time expired to seal the win.

Wenning was 24 of 36 for 244 yards passing with two touchdowns, and also ran for a score. Jahwan Edwards ran 98 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown for the Cardinals, who won their second straight game after being down late. Ball State beat Indiana, 41-39, on a field goal as time expired last week.

South Florida (2-2) lost its second in a row despite Daniels' efforts. He threw three TD passes and led the Bulls in rushing with 75 yards.

After trailing much of the way, South Florida turned a 24-12 deficit into a three-point lead in the fourth quarter. Daniels, who finished with 312 yards passing, threw a 15-yard TD pass to Andre Davis in the final minute of the third quarter, then connected with Lindsey Lamar on a 29-yard touchdown -- the second TD for Lamar in the game. Demetris Murray's 2-point conversion run put the Bulls ahead 27-24 with 4:12 to go.

Wenning, who was not intercepted in the game, earlier found Jamill Smith in the corner of the end zone to make it 24-12. Edwards ran for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.

South Florida beat Chattanooga and Nevada before losing to Rutgers. The Bulls host No. 4 Florida State next week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
BALL
1st Downs2727
Total Yards518413
Passing312244
Rushing206169
Penalties11-1125-65
3rd Down Conversions11-168-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers20
Possession30:0729:53

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniels19/3031210.432
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wenning24/362446.820

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels14755.4019
Murray18653.6014
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards16986.1118
Banks10424.2016

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell69916.5034
Lamar58016.0229
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Snead1113512.3122
Smith77410.6123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFBALL
FG07:17Maikon Bonani 42 Yd 30
FG03:09Steven Schott 39 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERUSFBALL
TD07:18Jahwan Edwards 3 Yd Run (Steven Schott Kick) 310
TD03:27Lindsey Lamar 15 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Pat Blocked) 910
THIRD QUARTERUSFBALL
TD08:45Keith Wenning 1 Yd Run (Steven Schott Kick) 917
FG05:36Maikon Bonani 27 Yd 1217
TD03:14Jamill Smith 5 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 1224
TD00:21Andre Davis 15 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Maikon Bonani Kick) 1924
FOURTH QUARTERUSFBALL
TD04:12Lindsey Lamar 29 Yd Pass From B.J. Daniels (Demetris Murray Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2724
TD01:02Willie Snead 19 Yd Pass From Keith Wenning (Steven Schott Kick) 2731