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Ball State caps perfect regular season with romp

Nov 26, 2008 - 5:40 AM MUNCIE, Indiana (Ticker) -- The best college football team in the state of Indiana completed its golden regular season on Tuesday.

Fifteenth-ranked Ball State stomped Western Michigan, 45-22, to capture the MAC West and run its record to 12-0.

Quarterback Nate Davis led the way for the Cardinals, throwing for 273 yards and a touchdown. MiQuale Lewis added 120 yards on the ground, going over 100 yards for the 10th time this season.

"Obviously, it's good to win," Ball State head coach Brady Hoke says. "I am really happy for this group of kids and this senior class to come together and accomplish what they set out to get but we're not finished yet."

The Cardinals (12-0, 8-0) next face Buffalo in the MAC championship on December 5.

The Cardinals grabbed a 14-0 lead on a TD run by Lewis of 10 yards and a 40-yard pass from Davis to Louis Johnson.

Western Michigan (9-3, 6-2) rallied to tie the game on Drew Burdi's 36-yard strike to Julien Schneider and Tim Hiller's 9-yard toss to Juan Nunez.

Ball State erupted for 24 straight points, taking any doubt out of the decision. Davis and Lewis each had touchdown runs and Trey Lewis intercepted a pass from Hiller and returned it 34 yards for a score.

"We needed to play our best game and we didn't," Western Michigan Coach Bill Cubit said. "We made way too many mistakes."

After Western Michigan broke the streak, Ball State marched down the field, driving 81 yards in 11 plays before Lewis scored his third touchdown of the game and 20th of the season, a Ball State record, to make it 45-22.

"Everybody's dream is to go undefeated," Davis said.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 7 7 0 8 22
    BALL ST (15) 14 10 14 7 45 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 10 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 9:04. BALL ST
    7-0
    BALL ST - TD, LOUIS JOHNSON 40 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 11:41. BALL ST 14-0
    WESTRN MICHIGAN

    Nov 25 10:13 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 22
    BALL ST (15) 45 4:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan 22, Ball State(15) 45  4th - 4:30Nov 25 10:00 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WESTRN MICHIGAN
    BRANDON WEST 8 YD RUN
    (TIM HILLER PASS TO JUAN NUNEZ FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 22
    BALL ST (15) 38 11:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan 22, Ball State(15) 38  4th - 11:00Nov 25 9:44 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 7 7 0 14
    BALL ST (15) 14 10 14 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 10 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 9:04. BALL ST
    7-0
    BALL ST - TD, LOUIS JOHNSON 40 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 11:41. BALL ST 14-0


    Nov 25 9:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    TREY LEWIS 35 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    BALL ST (15) 38 3:24 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 38  3rd - 3:24Nov 25 9:18 PM
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    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 31  3rd - 3:47Nov 25 9:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    MIQUALE LEWIS 1 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    BALL ST (15) 31 3:47 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 31  3rd - 3:47Nov 25 9:12 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 7 7 14
    BALL ST (15) 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 10 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 9:04. BALL ST
    7-0
    BALL ST - TD, LOUIS JOHNSON 40 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 11:41. BALL ST 14-0
    WESTRN M

    Nov 25 8:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    NATE DAVIS 6 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    BALL ST (15) 24 0:31 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 24  2nd - 0:31Nov 25 8:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG BALL ST
    IAN MCGARVEY 43 YD
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    BALL ST (15) 17 4:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 17  2nd - 4:02Nov 25 8:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WESTRN MICHIGAN
    JUAN NUNEZ 9 YD PASS FROM TIM HILLER
    (JOHN POTTER KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 14
    BALL ST (15) 14 9:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 14, Ball State(15) 14  2nd - 9:38Nov 25 8:00 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 7 7
    BALL ST (15) 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BALL ST - TD, MIQUALE LEWIS 10 YD RUN (IAN
    MCGARVEY KICK), 9:04. BALL ST
    7-0
    BALL ST - TD, LOUIS JOHNSON 40 YD PASS FROM
    NATE DAVIS (IAN MCGARVEY
    KICK), 11:41. BALL ST 14-0


    Nov 25 7:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WESTRN MICHIGAN
    SCHNEIDER JULIEN 36 YD PASS FROM DREW BURDI
    (JOHN POTTER KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 7
    BALL ST (15) 14 1:21 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan 7, Ball State(15) 14  1st - 1:21Nov 25 7:42 PM
  • Sweetness34 Ball State should go to a BCS game. If they beat Western Michigan, they'll go undefeated.

    If Boise State can go to a BCS game in a bad WAC conference, then Ball State should go to BCS game in a good MAC conference.

    Western Michigan 0, Ball State(15) 14  1st - 3:19Nov 25 7:36 PM
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    Western Michigan 0, Ball State(15) 14  1st - 3:19Nov 25 7:36 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    LOUIS JOHNSON 40 YD PASS FROM NATE DAVIS
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0
    BALL ST (15) 14 3:19 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan 0, Ball State(15) 14  1st - 3:19Nov 25 7:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    MIQUALE LEWIS 10 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0
    BALL ST (15) 7 5:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan 0, Ball State(15) 7  1st - 5:56Nov 25 7:23 PM
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    Western Michigan vs. Ball State(15)Nov 25 1:55 PM
  • DJRob WMU wins again!!!

    Western Michigan vs. Ball State(15)Nov 25 1:19 AM
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