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Davis, Ball State hammer Northern Illinois

Nov 6, 2008 - 6:37 AM MUNCIE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Nate Davis dazzled as 18th-ranked Ball State remained undefeated with a 45-14 thrashing of Northern Illinois on Wednesday.

Davis, a junior quarterback with NFL potential, was 19-of-23 for 310 yards and four touchdowns in the rout. He also scored a rushing TD.

"Ball State has a great quarterback," Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill said. "Not a good quarterback, a great one."

Northern Illinois (5-4, 4-2 MAC) trailed, 21-0, at halftime but broke through first after intermission when Chandler Harnish scored on a 25-yard run.

MiQuayle Lewis deflated Northern Illinois when he raced 64 yards on the next drive to put the Cardinals in scoring position. Davis then scored from one yard out to make it 28-7.

The Cardinals extended the lead when Ian McGarvey kicked an 18-yard field goal with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

Less than three minutes later, Davis connected with Louis Johnson, who had six catches for 165 yards, on a 22-yard pass to cap a three-play, 72-yard march that made it 38-7.

Less than a minute into the final quarter, Davis connected with Darius Hill for a 20-yard TD to create a 38-point cushion. The Huskies closed the scoring when Ricky Crider raced in from 40 yards out to cap a 95-yard drive.

Lewis had 19 carries for 119 yards as Ball State outgained Northern Illinois, 529-275.

"We all play really good defense when we're watching our offense on the field," Ball State coach Brady Hoke said.

Ball State received plenty of inspiration during the opening coin toss when injured wide receiver Dante Love walked out to midfield with the team's captains.

The Cardinals (9-0, 5-0) grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter as Lewis' one-yard run capped a nine-play, 77-yard march. Davis, who was 14-of-18 for 182 yards in the first half, found Hill for a six-yard score in the second quarter to double the advantage.

"Davis threw BBs, and it didn't matter who was covering," Kill said.

Ball State rolled right back into the end zone as Davis led a five-play, 64-yard drive. The quarterback connected with Daniel Ifft for a 25-yard touchdown that made it 21-0 with 1:54 left in the half.

"They beat us in every phase of the game," Kill said.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 0 7 7 14
    BALL ST (16) 7 14 17 7 45 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 13:19. BALL ST
    7-0
    2ND QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, DARIUS HILL 6 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 8:40. BALL ST 14-0
    BALL ST

    Nov 5 11:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    RICKY CRIDER 40 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 14
    BALL ST (16) 45 1:34 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 14, Ball State(24) 45  4th - 1:34Nov 5 11:00 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    DARIUS HILL 20 YD PASS FROM NATE DAVIS
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    BALL ST (16) 45 14:25 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Ball State(24) 45  4th - 14:25Nov 5 10:37 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 0 7 7
    BALL ST (16) 7 14 17 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 13:19. BALL ST
    7-0
    2ND QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, DARIUS HILL 6 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 8:40. BALL

    Nov 5 10:27 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    LOUIS JOHNSON 22 YD PASS FROM NATE DAVIS
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    BALL ST (16) 38 1:01 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Ball State(24) 38  3rd - 1:01Nov 5 10:23 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG BALL ST
    IAN MCGARVEY 18 YD
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    BALL ST (16) 31 3:55 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Ball State(24) 31  3rd - 3:55Nov 5 10:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    NATE DAVIS 1 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    BALL ST (16) 28 9:10 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Ball State(24) 28  3rd - 9:10Nov 5 9:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    CHANDLER HARNISH 25 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    BALL ST (16) 21 11:32 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Ball State(24) 21  3rd - 11:32Nov 5 9:52 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 0 0
    BALL ST (16) 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 13:19. BALL ST
    7-0
    2ND QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, DARIUS HILL 6 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 8:40. BALL ST 14-0


    Nov 5 9:24 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    DANIEL IFFT 25 YD PASS FROM NATE DAVIS
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0
    BALL ST (16) 21 1:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 0, Ball State(24) 21  2nd - 1:53Nov 5 9:13 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    DARIUS HILL 6 YD PASS FROM NATE DAVIS
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0
    BALL ST (16) 14 6:20 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 0, Ball State(24) 14  2nd - 6:20Nov 5 9:05 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 0
    BALL ST (16) 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 13:19. BALL ST
    7-0

    Nov 5 8:39 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0
    BALL ST (16) 7 1:41 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Northern Illinois 0, Ball State(24) 7  1st - 1:41Nov 5 8:34 PM
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    Northern Illinois 0, Ball State(24) 0  1st - 6:27Nov 5 8:21 PM
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    Northern Illinois vs. Ball State(24)Nov 5 2:45 PM
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