NCAA Game Summary - Western Michigan at Ball State|
(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Western Michigan 45, Ball State 16
Muncie, IN (Sports Network) - Alex Carder ran for three touchdowns and threw
for one more, as the Western Michigan Broncos posted a 45-16 win over the Ball
State Cardinals in Mid-American Conference play at Scheumann Stadium.
Carder threw for 265 yards on 17-of-29 passing, and he added another 66 yards
on 13 carries as WMU (2-3, 1-1 MAC) spoiled Ball State's Homecoming.
Cardinals' (2-4, 1-1) quarterback Keith Wenning was replaced by sophomore
Kelly Page after completing only 1-of-8 passes for 15 yards and two
interceptions. MiQuale Lewis finished with 64 yards on 12 carries to move into
second place on Ball State's all-time rushing list.
Western Michigan jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than a minute into the game,
as the Cardinals fumbled away the opening kickoff, which set Carder up with a
20-yard touchdown run to silence the home crowd. On the first play of Ball
State's next drive, cornerback Lewis Toler stepped in front of a Wenning pass
and returned it 24 yards for another Broncos' touchdown.
WMU extended its lead to 21-0 at the 5:44 mark of the opening frame, when
Carder scored his second touchdown on a nine-yard run.
The Broncos made it a 28-0 game on the first play of the second quarter, as
kicker John Potter crossed the goal line on a nine-yard run after a fake field
The Cardinals finally got on the board at the 4:11 mark of the second quarter,
thanks to a 41-yard touchdown run by Eric Williams. However, Ian McGarvey
missed the extra point and the score remained 28-6.
Another Ball State fumble on its own 10-yard line set the Broncos up with
great field position with 1:31 to play in the first half, but they had to
settle for three points on a 25-yard field goal by Potter.
McGarvey cut the deficit to 31-9 on a 29-yard field goal at the 8:23 mark of
the third quarter.
But WMU answered with a seven-play, 83-yard drive, capped by Carder's two-yard
The Broncos pushed the margin to 45-9 when Carder hit Juan Nunez for a 32-yard
touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter.
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Ball State's Page to Otis Brown midway through
the fourth quarter accounted for the final score.
Ball State racked up 239 rushing yards (6.3 ypc) as a team. However, the
Cardinals weren't able to overcome three lost fumbles and a pair of
10/09 16:35:55 ET