Scores

Final

Ball State 27

(7-5, 5-2 MAC)

N Illinois 21

(2-10, 1-6 MAC)

4:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 3 14 0 1027
NIU 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: N. Davis (BALL) - 326 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Bryant (NIU) - 17 CAR, 37 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Love (BALL) - 9 REC, 135 YDS

Ball St. 27, N. Illinois 21

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
NIU
1st Downs1917
Total Yards370261
Passing326262
Rushing44-1
Penalties4-453-33
3rd Down Conversions4-128-19
4th Down Conversions0-22-3
Turnovers02
Possession28:5231:08

Passing Leaders

Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis23/353269.320
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris24/442525.721

Rushing Leaders

Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edmonds5336.6014
Clancy7314.4011
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant17372.2118
Anderson691.507

Receiving Leaders

Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Love913515.0026
Johnson511623.2053
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simon78612.3019
Davis46115.3045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALLNIU
FG10:40Ian Mcgarvey 46 Yd 30
TD01:28Greg Turner 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Morris (Chris Nendick Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERBALLNIU
TD14:33Darius Hill 7 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 107
TD11:54Nate Davis 1 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 177
TD00:48David Bryant 2 Yd Run (Chris Nendick Kick) 1714
FOURTH QUARTERBALLNIU
TD11:18Ray Winkler 6 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 2414
FG05:38Ian Mcgarvey 28 Yd 2714
TD01:32Evans Adonis 23 Yd Pass From Ryan Morris (Chris Nendick Kick) 2721