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Ball State struggles from outset in bowl defeat

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Cards dig 28-7 first half hole, never recover

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 2:02 am

There wasn't a whole lot of things that went right for Ball State throughout its 38-17 drubbing by Central Florida in Friday's Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Cardinals (9-4) dug themselves a hole from the opening series and never recovered against the Knights (10-4).

For the game sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards was named Ball State's MVP.

Ball State jenior quarterback Keith Wenning added his second throwing touchdown of the game after he connected on a 16-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Willie Snead late in the fourth quarter. However, that proved too little and way too late.

The touchdown reception was Snead's second of the contest and ninth of the season. After struggling to contain the Central Florida offense throughout much of the game, the Ball State defense held the Knights to just a field goal in the fourth quarter.

An offensive highlight for Ball State did come at the 7:54 mark of the third quarter, as senior kicker Steven Schott nailed a 45-yard field goal to tie the school record for most field goals in a season.

But Central Florida would add another touchdown to go ahead of Ball State by a score of 35-10 with 4:23 left to play in the quarter.

Central Florida scored four touchdowns in the first half, three on throws by quarterback Blake Bortles, along with a two-point conversion and one running, to claim a 28-7 halftime advantage.

The Cardinals managed only one score in the first half off of a seven-yard pass from Wenning to Snead, which pulled them to within 13-7 ball game at the 10:41 mark in the second quarter.

A defensive highlight came for Ball State when senior nose tackle Brandon Newman blocked his first extra point of his career with 3:59 on the clock.

CENTRAL FLORIDA 38, BALL STATE 17

First Quarter

Central Florida 7, Ball State 0

7:27- Blake Bortles 8 -yard touchdown pass to Latavius Murray. Shawn Moffitt kick good.

13 plays, 78 yards, 7:33

Central Florida 13, Ball State 0

3:59- Latavius Murray 2-yard touchdown run. Shawn Moffitt kick blocked by Brandon Newman.

7 plays, 57 yards, 7:33

Second Quarter

Central Florida 13, Ball State 7

10:41- Keith Wenning 7-yard pass to Willie Snead. Steven Schott kick good.

10 plays, 82 yards, 4:19

Central Florida 21, Ball State 7

5:50- Blake Bortles 6-yard touchdown run. Blake Bortles two-point conversion complete to Dontravius Floyd.

10 plays, 75 yards, 4:51

Central Florida 28, Ball State 7

:5- Blake Bortles 5-yard touchdown pass to Latavius Murray. Shawn Moffitt kick good.

7 plays, 80 yards, 5:05

Third Quarter

Central Florida 28, Ball State 10

7:54- Steven Schott 45 yard field goal.

10 plays, 49 yards, 4:14

Central Florida 35, Ball State 10

4:23- Blake Bortles 6-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Worton. Shawn Moffitt kick good.

7 plays, 50 yards, 3:31

FOURTH QUARTER

Central Florida 38, Ball State 10

10:12-Shawn Moffitt 25 yard field goal.

12 plays, 72 yards, 5:26

Central Florida 38, Ball State 17

5:25 - Keith Wenning 16 yard pass to Willie Snead.

11 plays, 76 yards, 4:46