Jahwan Edwards rushed for 148 yards and scored once, Keith Wenning threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Ball State held off Army 30-22 on Saturday.
Ball State (6-3) promised to provide another challenge. Offensively, the Cardinals were averaging 480 yards and 34 points per game and had rushed for over 200 yards four times behind Edwards, who entered the game averaging 100 yards a game. Ball State finished with 224 yards rushing, outgained Army (7-1) 413-379, and even held the ball longer — 79 plays and nearly 31 minutes, a rarity against a triple option that leads the nation in rushing.
Butler 31, Davidson 20: Trae Heeter rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns — one a 78-yarder — to lead Butler over Davidson (1-7, 1-4) in Pioneer Football League play.
Quarterback Matt Lancaster passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (7-2, 6-0).
Indiana State 45, South Dakota 14: Shakir Bell rushed for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught a 25-yard scoring pass, helping Indiana State roll to victory over South Dakota (1-7, 0-5 Missouri Valley).
Indiana State (7-2, 5-1) also had two interception returns for TDs -- a 25-yarder by Johnny Towalid and a 52-yarder by Donovan Lane.
Lucas Hileman was a significant factor for Indiana State. Three of his four punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, limiting South Dakota's field position.
Northwestern 28, Iowa 17: Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern defeated Iowa (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten).
The Wildcats (7-2, 3-2) have been struggling with their passing game, but had success running the ball. Colter rushed for 166 yards and Venric Mark ran for 162 yards. Mark became Northwestern's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton in 2006.
N. Illinois 48, W. Michigan 34: Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more, leading Northern Illinois to victory over Western Michigan (3-6, 1-4 Mid-American).
Lynch, a Mount Carmel graduate, Times 2008 offensive player and 2009 Times male athlete of the year, was 18 for 28 for 274 yards and no interceptions, and carried 21 times for 136 yards for the Huskies (8-1, 5-0), who have won eight in a row since losing to Iowa. Lynch threw two touchdown passes each to Tommylee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown. Martel Moore had 120 receiving yards for Northern Illinois.
NIU got a 54-yard field goal from Mathew Sims on the last play of the first half, then scored four TDs while blanking Western Michigan until midway through the fourth quarter.
Eastern Illinois 24, Eastern Kentucky 7: Jake Walker rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Eastern Illinois (5-3, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) beat Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 4-2).
Missouri State 42, Western Illinois 3: Kierra Harris threw for three touchdowns and ran for another; Mikael Cooper-Falls added 95 yards rushing and a score, and Missouri State (3-6, 3-3 Missouri Valley) dominated Western Illinois for the Bears' first three-game winning streak in eight years. The Leathernecks (3-5, 1-4) got 75 yards rushing from Caulton Ray and 72 from Nikko Watson. Pat Smith kicked a 27-yard field goal.
N. Dakota St. 23, S. Illinois 17: John Crockett's 5-yard touchdown run with 5:23 to play gave North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley) a win over Southern Illinois. Southern Illinois (5-4, 4-2) scored on Kory Faulkner's 32-yard pass to LaSteven McKinney and on Brand Williams' 55-yard fumble return. The Salukis managed only 11 rushing yards to North Dakota State's 186.
Michigan State 16, Wisconsin 13: Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) a victory and snapping Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak. Only LSU, with 22 straight victories, had a longer home winning streak than Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2).