Ball State Blow Big Lead, Falls At North Texas

By Dean Pantazi - 21 Alive

Ball State Blow Big Lead, Falls At North Texas

September 14, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (21 Alive) - Ball State built an early lead Saturday at North Texas, but five turnovers proved too much to overcome in a 34-27 road loss.

Keith Wenning topped 300 yards passing for the third straight game, but the Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season to drop to 2-1. North Texas improved to 2-1 with the victory and snapped Ball State’s string of eight straight regular-season wins dating back to last season.

Ball State led 27-9 late in the second quarter after Wenning’s second touchdown hook-up with junior receiver Willie Snead. But that was the last time the Cardinals would score.

North Texas found the end zone before the half on a 25-yard pass from Derek Thompson to Brelan Chancellor and went on to score 25 unanswered points the rest of the way. The Mean Green took its first lead on a 26-yard touchdown run from Thompson at the 9:47 mark in the final stanza, and that turned out to be the game-winning TD.

Ball State racked up 366 yards of offense in the first half, including a 77-yard touchdown run from Horactio Banks, but the Cardinals were held to 130 yards after the break. The Cardinals managed to hold the halftime lead despite three lost fumbles and an interception in the opening half.

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