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Fluellen was crestfallen.
"The hole was there and I had one guy to beat," he said. "My job was to get the first down no matter what and I didn't do that."
Ball State coach Pete Lembo wasn't a bit surprised by the decision to go for it. He said he would have done the same thing.
"They have a lot of confidence in their offense," he said. "And they should, with those players."
With Edwards picking up good yardage on the ground and Wenning hitting timely passes, the Cardinals drove from their own 14. They converted a third-and-19 on Wenning's 19-yard completion to Connor Ryan and later Wenning hooked up with Zane Fakes for a 4-yard gain on third-and-3 at the Toledo 19.
Two plays later, Edwards took a handoff and outraced one tackler at the edge to score the pivotal TD.
"We came up to the line and five linemen were in the box so I just stuck with it and picked my speed up and turned the corner and tried to get to the end zone," he said.
The only thing that worried Lembo was that the Cardinals might have scored too soon.
But the defense made the lead stand up.
Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, who was 14 of 27 for 215 yards with no interceptions and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy, gained seven yards on first down but was sacked for a 5-yard loss by Nathan Ollie. Two incompletions, both while being pressured, sent a smallish crowd of 18,211 home unhappy from the Glass Bowl.
"It's disappointing and tough to deal with, but we have to give credit to Ball State," Molls said. "Their guys made the big plays in critical situations. And we didn't."
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