NCAA Game Summary - Ball State at Western Michigan|
(Saturday, October 29th)
Final Score: Western Michigan 45, Ball State 35
Kalamazoo, MI (Sports Network) - Western Michigan kept its perfect home record
intact behind the leadership of Alex Carder who completed 29-of-41 passes for
404 yards as the Broncos defeated Ball State, 45-35, in Mid-American
Conference play at Waldo Stadium.
Carder threw two touchdown passes for Western Michigan (5-4, 3-2 MAC), but
also struggled as he threw three interceptions. Jordan White was superb with
nine catches for 172 yards with two touchdowns as he eclipsed the 1,000-yard
mark on the year for the second straight season and broke the school record
for career receptions with 261. Chleb Ravenell also had a big afternoon with
nine catches for 157 yards.
Tevin Drake led WMU's rushing attack with 85 yards and two touchdowns on 16
carries as the team lodged its fourth home win in as many tries this season.
Ball State (5-4, 3-2) was led by Keith Wenning as he completed 35-of-50 passes
for 335 yards. Wenning also struggled with interceptions as he threw two
picks, but along the way he threw three touchdown passes. Barrington Scott
pushed the Cardinals' offense as he ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 15
carries. Briggs Orsbon had an outstanding afternoon with 103 yards and two
touchdowns on a game-high 10 catches.
Western Michigan jumped out to an early lead when Carder completed a 40-yard
touchdown strike to White to put Broncos up 7-0 with 11:29 remaining in
the opening quarter.
Jahwan Edwards tied the score 7-7 when he rushed eight yards for a score for
the Cardinals four minutes later.
BSU opened up the scoring in the action packed second quarter with a one-yard
touchdown run by Scott just over a minute into the period that gave the
Cardinals a 14-7 lead.
WMU answered by scoring four straight touchdowns in a span of less than three
minutes. Carder completed a three-yard scoring pass to Robert Arnheim to even
the score. Arnheim completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to White and Drake
followed the passing scores with a pair of touchdown runs from four and 20
yards to make the score 35-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the
Ball State then had its own outburst in the final minute of the half as
Wenning completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Orsbon with 52 seconds
remaining, the duo then hooking up for a 16-yard TD pass play just moments
later after the Cardinals intercepted a pass and gained possession in order to
make the score 35-28 at the break.
The Broncos extended their lead back to double digits at the 6:44 mark of the
third quarter as Carder rushed four yards for a touchdown. The only score of
the period put Western Michigan up 42-28 heading into the final frame.
The Cardinals made it a game again when Wenning completed an eight-yard
touchdown pass to Jack Tomlinson that made it 42-35 with just under six
minutes left in the contest.
John Potter's 40-yard field goal for the Broncos with 1:55 remaining in the
game left the hosts with the 10-point win.
Western Michigan converted on 11-of-15 third downs, while Ball State struggled
and converted on just 5-of-13 chances. Both offenses were on fire as the
game had a total of 1,165 yards of total offense.
10/29 19:03:23 ET