Scores

Final

Ball State 20

(5-5, 3-2 MAC)

Indiana 38

(6-4, 2-4 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 10 0 7 320
IND 3 21 7 738

Top Performers

Passing: K. Lewis (IND) - 354 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Clancy (BALL) - 9 CAR, 29 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Love (BALL) - 14 REC, 177 YDS

Indiana 38, Ball St. 20

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Quarterback Kellen Lewis had career highs with 406 yards of total offense and 354 yards passing, and Indiana became bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 with a 38-20 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Four touchdown passes gave Lewis 23 on the year, a new single-season record at Indiana. He broke Blake Powers' previous mark of 22 in 2005.

The Hoosiers, who improved to 6-4, made their last bowl appearance in 1993 when they lost 45-20to Virginia Tech in the Independence Bowl. Indiana wasn't selected for a bowl game in 1994 with a 6-5 record.

Saturday's victory doesn't guarantee a bowl bid for the Hoosiers, who can improve their chances in the final weeks with at least one more win. They play at Northwestern Nov. 10, and finish the regular season hosting Purdue Nov. 17.

Ball State (5-5), which last played in a bowl game in 1996, will have to wait until the Nov. 13 home game against Toledo to try to become eligible. In 1996, the Cardinals, coached by current Indiana coach Bill Lynch, lost to Nevada in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Hoosiers managed to take a 24-10 halftime lead despite two fumbles and an interception by Lewis, who had six turnovers in the team's previous two losses to Wisconsin and Penn State.

Following Lewis' first fumble, the Cardinals drove 52 yards in seven plays, capped by Chris Clancy's 4-yard run, to take a 10-3 lead with 1:51 left in the first quarter.

Indiana tied the score at 10 early in the second quarter on Lewis' 60-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher. The Hoosiers tacked on two more scores before halftime, the first a 58-yard interception return by defensive back Chris Phillips; the second a 20-yard pass from Lewis to James Hardy.

After the teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, Lewis' fourth scoring pass, a 25-yarder to Fisher, gave Indiana a 38-17 lead with 14:54 left.

The Hoosiers, who had lost their previous three games, won their 20th consecutive game over a Mid-American Conference opponent.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
IND
1st Downs2219
Total Yards412462
Passing345354
Rushing67108
Penalties8-808-70
3rd Down Conversions10-216-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers23
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis26/483326.912
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis22/3535410.141

Rushing Leaders

Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clancy9293.218
Edmonds8151.908
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis10525.2015
Payton11494.5017

Receiving Leaders

Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Love1417712.6025
Hill24221.0029
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fisher613422.3260
Hardy811614.5247

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALLIND
FG11:37Ian Mcgarvey 19 Yd 30
FG07:10Austin Starr 30 Yd 33
TD01:51Chris Clancy 4 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 52 yds, 2:55
103
SECOND QUARTERBALLIND
TD09:28Ray Fisher 60 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 65 yds, :48
1010
TD07:10Chris Phillips 58 Yd Interception Return (Austin Starr Kick) 1017
TD03:21James Hardy 20 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 58 yds, 2:08
1024
THIRD QUARTERBALLIND
TD11:48Daniel Ifft 17 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:12
1724
TD08:35James Hardy 4 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:13
1731
FOURTH QUARTERBALLIND
TD14:54Ray Fisher 25 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 88 yds, 4:03
1738
FG09:03Ian Mcgarvey 27 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 65 yds, 5:51
2038