W Michigan 41

(5-2, 3-1 MAC)

Ball State 27

(2-6, 2-3 MAC)

2:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 14 14 10 341
BALL 3 17 0 727

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cubit (WMU) - 291 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Bonds (WMU) - 30 CAR, 132 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Moss (BALL) - 5 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD

Ismail records 6 sacks, INT for Western Michigan

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 up 21-3.

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 three interceptions.