Central Michigan edges Ball State behind Rush

Associated Press

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Cooper Rush threw for 269 yards and one touchdown, and Central Michigan held on to beat Ball State, 24-21, on Saturday.

Riley Neal led the Cardinals to the Chippewas 29 with 1:43 remaining, but threw an interception to Amari Coleman in the end zone to end the drive. On the ensuing series, Devon Spalding ran 52 yards on a second-and-4, and Central Michigan (4-2, 1-1 Mid-American) ran out the clock.

Spalding finished with 157 yards and a touchdown. Corey Willis had six receptions for 105 yards, including a 15-yard TD in the second quarter for Central Michigan. Josh Cox scored on a 33-yard interception return to give the Chippewas a 24-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

James Gilbert ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ball State (3-3, 0-2). He had a 13-yard score in the first quarter, and bulled in from the 1 with 11:40 remaining to cap the Cardinals scoring.