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Toledo's poll return likely to end quickly

Toledo’s Byron Best is hugged by Christian Smith after his INT in the second quarter.

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Toledo’s Byron Best is hugged by Christian Smith after his INT in the second quarter.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo waited 11 years to get back into the national rankings. In less than three days, the Rockets likely got knocked out.

Jahwan Edwards scored untouched on a 15-yard run around left end with 1:43 left to propel Ball State to a 34-27 victory over No. 23 Toledo on Tuesday night, ending the Rockets' eight-game winning streak.

Edwards' run capped an 86-yard drive after Ball State's beleaguered defense had stopped the Rockets a yard short on David Fluellen's run on fourth and 2 at the Cardinals 15.

Ball State's Keith Wenning completed 29 of 42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted three times.

Fluellen ran for at least 200 yards for the third game this season, carrying 34 times for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Toledo jumped into the Associated Press Top 25 this week for the first time since 2001.

Edwards finished with 105 yards on 16 carries.

Ball State, which had already qualified for a bowl, might have clinched an even better postseason trip. Toledo fell out of a possible first-place tie with Northern Illinois in the MAC's West Division.

SNYDER SECRETIVE: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he expects that Heisman Trophy frontrunner Collin Klein will be able to start the third-ranked Wildcats' game at TCU this weekend, but he once again refused — politely, of course — to discuss anything specific to his star quarterback's injury.

The nature of it, the severity of it, the process by which Klein would be cleared to play — even the timetable involved in making that decision, which must happen soon.

"Let's cut to the chase," Snyder said. "Would I expect him to play? I certainly hope that's the case, and I would expect that to take place."

Klein was hurt in the third quarter of last Saturday's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State.

BOWL TO NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12, the Associated Press reported. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome. Several cities were vying to host the game, at one point including Tampa.

CAL: Quarterback Allan Bridgford could start against Oregon this week with starter Zach Maynard hampered by an injured left knee. Bridgford took most of the practice snaps with the first team, according to coach Jeff Tedford, while Maynard watched with a heavy brace on his left leg. Tedford had not ruled Maynard out as of yet.

DAVIDSON: Head coach Tripp Merritt was fired after a season in which the Wildcats were 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Pioneer Football League. Associate head coach Brett Hayford will serve as interim head coach until further notice.

Georgia TECH: Coach Paul Johnson said the team will use the same approach at quarterback this weekend at North Carolina that helped it win a surprisingly easy game last week at Maryland. Tevin Washington started, played two series then watched two series from the sideline while Vad Lee ran Johnson's spread option offense.

MICHIGAN: The school added Arkansas, Brigham Young and Hawaii to its future schedules. Notre Dame opted out of scheduled 2015-17 games last month ahead of a previously scheduled break in the rivalry in 2018-19.

SOCCER: The Big East men's championship has been moved from New Jersey to PPL Park outside Philadelphia. The tournament runs Friday-Sunday. It was moved from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., where it had been held the previous two years. The decision was made because of lingering issues from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Toledo's poll return likely to end quickly 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:53pm]
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