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.
QB McKenzie Milton hits a wide open Marlon Williams, who takes it to the end zone and makes it 21-17 Knights before halftime.
Tony Kornheiser and Frank Isola dissect Nebraska's dismal start, and explain why Scott Frost is lowering the fan base's expectations.
FAU RB Devin Singletary sheds a tackle and scores on a 9-yard touchdown run, knotting the game at 14-14.
RB Devin Singletary bulldozes his way into the end zone, cutting the UCF lead in half to 14-7.
RB Gerald Hearns takes the direct snap in punt formation and runs for 24 yards, setting up an Owls touchdown.
UCF QB McKenzie Milton finds WR Dredrick Snelson in the back of the end zone, making it 14-0 Knights.
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