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.