MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ryan Cubit passed for 291 yards and three
touchdowns and Ameer Ismail tied an NCAA record with six sacks in
Western Michigan's 41-27 win over Ball State on Saturday.
The Broncos (5-2, 3-1 Mid-American) totaled nine sacks, eight of
them against starting quarterback Joey Lynch and one of backup Nate
Davis, and held the Cardinals (2-6, 2-3) to a net 9 yards rushing.
Ismail also intercepted a pass by Davis and returned it for a
touchdown and led Western with 13 total tackles.
His six sacks, which produced combined losses of 41 yards, tied
a record set last year by Louisville's Elvis Dumervil against
Kentucky and gave him 11 sacks this season.
Cubit, who completed 20 of 24 passes, threw two first-quarter
scores, a 13-yarder to Herb Martin and a 4-yarder to Joe Chapple.
On the first play of the second quarter, Ismail picked off a
pass by Davis and ran 29 yards for a touchdown to put the Broncos
Lynch threw two second-quarter touchdown passes to Darius Hill
to cut the deficit to 21-17, but Western Michigan answered with an
81-yard TD pass from Cubit to Branden Ledbetter.
Ball State later scored when Lynch hit Terry Moss for a 34-yard
touchdown with 2:44 left in the game. Lynch finished 24-of-30 for
290 yards and three touchdowns. Davis was 4-of-8 for 70 yards with