MUNCIE, Ind. -- Riley Neal threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns and Ball State amassed a school-record 652 offensive yards in a 42-6 win against Central Connecticut on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Cardinals accounted for 336 passing yards and 316 rushing. James Gilbert ran for 100 yards on 14 carries and scored a touchdown. Neal also had a touchdown on the ground. Neal started the scoring for Ball State with a 20-yard pass to Nolan Givan just before the end of the first quarter.
Malik Dunner made it a two-score lead early in the second with a 12-yard touchdown run and Neal added a 16-yard score on the ground just before halftime.
Central Connecticut avoided the shutout when Aaron Dawson carried it in from two yards out with 12 seconds remaining to finish a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
Holton Ahlers keeps it himself and powers his way into the end zone, giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead.
Rod Johnson returned a kickoff 94 yards in the final seconds of the game to give The Citadel a 38-31 victory over Mercer on Saturday as the Bulldogs notched their first win of the season.
Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score, all in the second half, and Texas ended a four-game losing streak to No. 17 TCU with a 31-16 victory Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Lil'Jordan Humphrey finds the open field for a 38-yard touchdown, putting Texas up 31-16.
Sam Hayworth kicked three field goals, Eastern Kentucky scored on a fake field goal, and the Colonels defeated Southeast Missouri State 23-14 on Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference opener.
Oklahoma's Kyler Murray runs through Army's defense for a 33-yard score to take a 21-14 lead.
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