Keith Wenning threw a game-winning touchdown to Willie Snead late in the fourth quarter to help Ball State prevail over Kent State 27-24 in a Mid-American Conference matchup Saturday in Muncie.
Trailing 24-20, the Cardinals (6-1, 3-0 MAC) drove down the field twice toward the end of the game. After failing to convert a fourth-and-six on the previous drive, the Cardinals faced another fourth down deep in the redzone, but converted it as Wenning found Snead again for a 7-yard go-ahead score with 1:29 remaining.
The Golden Flashes (2-5, 1-3) drove to midfield, but were stopped on a fourth-and-15.
Wenning went 23-of-46 for 305 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Snead finished with 152 yards receiving on 10 catches.
Kent State's Colin Reardon had 166 yards passing and two touchdowns, but left the game with an apparent left ankle injury. He was relieved by David Fisher for the final drive.
Mount Carmel grad Nathan Olllie had three solos and five assists for the Cardinals.
Mercer 35, Valparaiso 21: John Russ had 292 total yards, ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead host Mercer over Valparaiso.
Mercer (5-1, 2-1 Pioneer Football League) entered the game ranked near the top of the FCS in both rushing offense and defense. The Bears dominated Valparaiso on the ground, outgaining them 286-44.
Payton Usher, a recent addition to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, had 109 yards on 19 carries. Russ ran 18 times for 100 yards and was 9 of 17 for 192 yards.
Russ put Mercer ahead for good with 1:49 left in the first half when he connected with Robert Brown for a 25-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 21-14 lead.
Tanner Kuramata had 9 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns for Valparaiso (1-5, 1-2). The Crusaders are still searching of their first season with multiple wins since 2008.
Butler 35, Campbell 14: Matt Lancaster had 312 total yards, 231 passing and 81 rushing, to lead Butler to a win over Campbell, keeping the Bulldogs perfect in Pioneer League play.
Brendan Shannon was Lancaster's primary receiver, hauling in 10 passes for 166 yards for Butler (5-2, 3-0 PFL). Trae Heeter also rushed for two touchdowns, amassing 134 yards on 21 carries.
The Bulldogs had a comfortable 28-0 halftime lead as Lancaster threw for one touchdown and rushed for another. Heeter scored on runs from 15 yards and 1 yard out in the first two quarters.
Campbell (1-5, 0-3 Pioneer) got on the board when DeShawn Jones broke off a 45-yard run in the third quarter.
Butler entered the game tied with Marist and San Diego for the Pioneer League lead. Those two teams played a late game.
South Dakota 17, Indiana St. 14: Trevor Bouma rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, to help South Dakota come from behind and defeat Indiana State.
Bouma's game-winning, 4-yard score capped a 10-play, four-minute drive to put South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) up 17-14 with 11:06 remaining. Bouma also rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, and finished with 145 yards on 28 carries.
Despite two interceptions and two fumbles, the Coyotes had their second come-from-behind victory in as many weeks. Miles Bergner, who kicked a 41-yard game-winning field goal last week, kicked a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter to pull the Coyotes within four.
Quarterback Robert Tonyan Jr. moved the Sycamores (1-5, 0-2) to the South Dakota 34 before getting stuffed for no gain on fourth down with 4:18 remaining. USD then rode Bouma's back for six straight carries to run out the clock.
Penn State 43, No. 18 Michigan 40: Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past Michigan (5-1, 1-1) in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O'Brien's two seasons with the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten). Valparaiso graduate Sam Ficken kicked three field goals.
No. 2 Oregon 45, No. 16 Washington 24: Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, added another 88 yards and a TD rushing, and No. 2 Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) won its 10th straight over their rivals to the north with a victory over No. 16 Washington (4-2, 1-2).
No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14: Tajh Boyd ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and defensive end Vic Beasley followed with a 13-yard fumble recovery score to keep Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) undefeated and on track for next week's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with Florida State with a 24-14 over Boston College (3-3, 1-2).
Utah 27, No. 5 Stanford 21: Utah's defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) to their biggest upset at home as they held off Stanford (5-1, 3-1).
No. 25 Missouri 41, No. 7 Georgia 26: Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri (6-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) held off Georgia (4-2, 3-1).
No. 10 LSU 17, No. 17 Florida 6: Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards; Zach Mettenberger passed for 152, and LSU's defense did the rest to give the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) a victory over Florida (4-2, 3-1).
Texas 36, No. 12 Oklahoma 20: Case McCoy threw two touchdowns, defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and Texas (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) beat Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1).
No. 14 South Carolina 52, Arkansas 7: Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) dominated Arkansas (3-4, 0-3). All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned after missing last week's game against Kentucky and had one tackle for South Carolina.
No. 15 Baylor 35, Kansas State 25: Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, Ahmad Dixon made a critical interception late in the fourth quarter, and Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) held on to beat Kansas State (2-4, 0-3).
No. 20 Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35: Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield to lead Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) over Iowa State (1-4, 0-2).
No. 24 Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 9: Logan Thomas threw an early touchdown pass, Cody Journell kicked four field goals and Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) sacked Pittsburgh's Tom Savage eight times to beat the Panthers (3-2, 2-2).