Northern Illinois 48, Ball State 27

Date - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Huskie Stadium
Attendance - 18290

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Ball State 7 17 3 0 27
Northern Illinois 3 17 7 21 48

Recap


No. 21 Northern Illinois 48, Ball State 27: Jordan Lynch added to his stellar career with 468 total yards and four touchdowns, including the decisive 36-yard score with 5:49 left, as the undefeated Huskies held off the visiting Cardinals to take over first place in the Mid-American Conference.
 
With BCS hopeful Northern Illinois hoping to take advantage of the national spotlight, Lynch was 26-of-32 for 345 yards and two touchdowns and added 123 yards and two scores on the ground for the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 MAC), who extended two of the longest streaks in the nation - their home winning streak to 25 and their conference winning streak to 23. Da'Ron Brown caught eight passes for 209 yards, including the winning touchdown, while Tommylee Lewis chipped in 12 receptions for 71 yards.

Keith Wenning finished 35-of-49 for 324 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals (9-2, 6-1), who compiled 494 total yards of offense but allowed 569 to the Huskies. Willie Snead had 12 catches for 121 yards for Ball State, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Ball State led 24-20 after a thrilling first half that featured eight consecutive scoring drives - four by the Huskies, each promptly followed by a score from the Cardinals. Wenning and Lynch each had one passing touchdown and one rushing score in the first half, while Ball State also received a 5-yard rushing TD from Jahwan Edwards (29 carries, 156 yards).

The teams were tied at 27 before Lynch guided the Huskies on a 94-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter - a march in which the fifth-year senior had a 24-yard run and later escaped a heavy pass rush to find Matt Williams for 25 yards before launching the go-ahead TD pass to a wide-open Brown two plays later. The Cardinals then drove to midfield, but Edwards was stuffed on fourth-and-1 with less than four minutes left before Lynch put an exclamation point on the victory with a 16-yard rumble to the end zone with 1:26 to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Northern Illinois defensive end Joe Windsor had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the game's final minute. ... Snead's first-quarter TD catch was his 13th of the season, extending his own school record. ... The 27 points allowed by the Huskies were their most surrendered in any game since a 43-39 victory over Eastern Illinois on Sept. 21.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:05
Northern Illinois   FG  Northern Illinois 3 - Ball State 0
1st Quarter - 3:01
Ball State   TD  Northern Illinois 3 - Ball State 7
2nd Quarter - 13:53
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 10 - Ball State 7
2nd Quarter - 10:08
Ball State   TD  Northern Illinois 10 - Ball State 14
2nd Quarter - 5:00
Northern Illinois   FG  Northern Illinois 13 - Ball State 14
2nd Quarter - 1:28
Ball State   TD  Northern Illinois 13 - Ball State 21
2nd Quarter - 1:13
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 20 - Ball State 21
2nd Quarter - 0:25
Ball State   FG  Northern Illinois 20 - Ball State 24
3rd Quarter - 8:31
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 27 - Ball State 24
3rd Quarter - 3:07
Ball State   FG  Northern Illinois 27 - Ball State 27
4th Quarter - 5:49
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 34 - Ball State 27
4th Quarter - 1:26
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 41 - Ball State 27
4th Quarter - 0:46
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 48 - Ball State 27
TEAMS

Team Records

  Ball State Northern Illinois
W/L 9 - 2 - 0 10 - 0 - 0
Conference 6 - 1 - 0 6 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Ball State Northern Illinois
Score 27 48
First Downs 29 28
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-14
50%
6-for-12
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 494 569
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-170 40-224
Average/Rush 5.0 5.6
Passing
Comp-Att 35-49 26-33
Passing Yards 324 345
Average/Pass Play 6.5 10.1
Penalties-Yards 6-45 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 33:13 26:47

PLAYER STATS

Ball State (9 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Wenning 35/49 324 1 1
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Lynch 26/32 345 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Edwards 29 156 5.4 1
K. Wenning 3 9 3.0 1
Z. Fakes 1 5 5.0 0
T. Williamson 1 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Lynch 20 123 6.2 2
T. Lewis 4 34 8.5 0
C. Stingily 7 28 4.0 1
D. Smith 4 19 4.8 0
J. Spencer 3 12 4.0 0
A. Turner 2 8 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
W. Snead 12 121 10.1 1
Z. Fakes 8 96 12.0 0
J. Williams 6 55 9.2 0
J. Smith 6 45 7.5 0
C. Ryan 2 10 5.0 0
J. Edwards 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Brown 8 209 26.1 2
T. Lewis 12 71 5.9 0
M. Williams 1 25 25.0 0
J. Spencer 2 24 12.0 0
L. Eakes 1 9 9.0 0
R. Sterling 1 5 5.0 0
D. Maxwell 1 2 2.0 0