Scores

Final

Bowling Green 40

(1-1, 1-0 MAC)

Ball State 31

(0-2, 0-1 MAC)

8:00 PM ET, September 10, 2005

Scheumann Stadium, MUNCIE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
BGSU 14 7 7 1240
BALL 14 0 3 1431

Top Performers

Passing: O. Jacobs (BGSU) - 427 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Wynn (BALL) - 23 CAR, 111 YDS

Receiving: C. Sharon (BGSU) - 9 REC, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Bowling Green 40, Ball State 31

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Omar Jacobs passed for 428 yards and five touchdowns as Bowling Green beat Ball State 40-31 Saturday.

Jacobs, who has been mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 27 of 43 attempts with one interception as the Falcons (1-1, 1-0 Mid-American) held off the suspension-depleted Cardinals.

Ball State quarterback Joey Lynch finished with 272 yards and four TDs, completing 22 of 31 passes with two interceptions, one of which led to a 47-yard return by Antonio Smith that gave the Falcons the final margin with 6:22 left.

The Cardinals (0-2, 0-1) took an early 7-0 lead when Dan Dunford scored on a 64-yard pass from Lynch, but Jacobs hit Steve Sanders and Charles Sharon for a pair of short-yardage scores to edge ahead. Lynch then connected with Charles Wynn for a 23-yard score with 1:04 left in the first quarter to tie the score at 14-14.

Bowling Green dominated until the fourth quarter, when Lynch hit Chris Clancy for a 1-yard pass with 10:44 left in the game to take a 31-28 lead.

But Jacobs connected with Sanders again on a 25-yard pass at the 10-minute mark to give the Falcons a three-point lead, and Smith's interception insured the win.

It was the second big week for Jacobs, who passed for 458 yards and five touchdowns in last week's 56-42 loss at Wisconsin.

The Cardinals were without eight players who were serving suspensions in a continuing investigation of alleged NCAA violations discovered last spring.

Thirteen football players sat out last week's season-opening 56-0 loss at now-No. 8 Iowa.

The university said Sept. 2 that 43 athletes in six sports improperly used a book loan program to obtain textbooks not required for their own courses or received improperly obtained textbooks from other players.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BGSU
BALL
1st Downs2414
Total Yards554454
Passing428294
Rushing126160
Penalties4-308-73
3rd Down Conversions8-164-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers42
Possession27:4432:16

Passing Leaders

Bowling GreenC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Jacobs27/4342810.051-
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Lynch22/312728.842-
Love1/12222.000-

Rushing Leaders

Bowling GreenCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lane23743.2011
Thomas7395.6020
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wynn231114.8016
Love45012.5042

Receiving Leaders

Bowling GreenRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sharon912113.4255
Sanders711816.9247
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wynn67111.8126
Moss58316.6142

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBGSUBALL
TD12:06DAN DUNFORD 64 YD PASS FROM JOEY LYNCH (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yards.
07
TD10:11STEVE SANDERS 9 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yards.
77
TD5:55CHARLES SHARON 7 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yards.
147
TD1:04CHARLES WYNN 23 YD PASS FROM JOEY LYNCH (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 57 yards.
1414
SECOND QUARTERBGSUBALL
TD12:19CHARLES SHARON 7 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yards.
2114
THIRD QUARTERBGSUBALL
TD8:00SEAN O'DROBINAK 4 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 94 yards.
2814
FG4:14BRIAN JACKSON 21 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yards.
2817
FOURTH QUARTERBGSUBALL
TD14:27TERRY MOSS 42 YD PASS FROM JOEY LYNCH (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
2824
TD10:44CHRIS CLANCY 1 YD PASS FROM JOEY LYNCH (BRIAN JACKSON KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 45 yards.
2831
TD10:00STEVE SANDERS 25 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
3431
TD6:22ANTONIO SMITH 47 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MISSED KICK)4031