DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Sophomore quarterback Nate Davis threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another as Ball State earned a share of the Mid-American West Division crown with a 27-21 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Davis went 23-of-35 for 326 yards in his fifth game of the season with 300 or more passing yards.
The Cardinals (7-5, 5-2) went ahead for good early in the second quarter when Davis tossed a 7-yard touchdown strike to tight end Darius Hill for a 10-7 lead. Davis scored on a one-yard run later in the quarter and added a 6-yard touchdown strike to running back Ray Winkler for a 24-14 lead with around 11 minutes remaining in regulation.
Cardinal kicker Ian McGarvey added field goals of 46 and 28 yards.
Northern Illinois sophomore quarterback Ryan Morris was 24-of-44 for 252 yards with touchdown strikes of 5 and 23 yards -- the second with 1:30 to play. Huskies tailback David Bryant added a 2-yard touchdown run in the opening half. But the Huskies were ineffective on the ground with 28 rushing attempts for -1 yards.
Despite the co-championship, the Cardinals won't appear next month's MAC title game. Central Michigan earned the title game berth thanks to a 58-38 victory over the Cardinals in early October.
Saturday's loss was the seventh in eight games for Northern Illinois (2-10, 1-6), which had 24 players miss multiple games with injuries, including 13 lost for the season.
Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Texas cornerback Kris Boyd has apologized for retweeting a Texas A&M fan during halftime of Texas' 50-7 loss to TCU on Saturday.
The Big 12 on Sunday acknowledged an officiating mistake that incorrectly awarded Oklahoma State a first down Saturday and said the officials involved would be disciplined.
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he's sticking with Greyson Lambert, who was just 10-for-24 for 86 yards in a loss to Alabama, as the Bulldogs starting quarterback.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.