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
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.