Scores

Final

Northeastern 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ball State 48

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 28, 2008

Scheumann Stadium, MUNCIE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 7 0 714
BALL 7 24 7 1048

Top Performers

Passing: N. Davis (BALL) - 290 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Lewis (BALL) - 11 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Love (BALL) - 9 REC, 171 YDS, 1 TD

Ball St. 48, Northeastern 14

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Nate Davis passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns as Ball State beat Northeastern 48-14 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

MiQuale Lewis had 11 carries for 95 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals racked up 190 yards rushing. Ball State had 487 yards total offense.

Davis' two other TD strikes were a 49-yarder to Dante Love and an 8-yard pass to Darius Hill in the first half. He finished 21-of-24 with no interceptions.

The Huskies (0-1) were down 28-0 with 50 seconds left in the first half when Greg Abelli scored on a 20-yard run. The Cardinals quickly responded with a 25-yard field goal by Ian McGarvey to make it 31-7 at the half.

Ball State (1-0) lengthened its lead after the break to 48-7 with a 27-yard pass from Davis to Daniel Ifft, a Cory Sykes 6-yard run and another McGarvey field goal -- this one 46 yards. Northeastern backup quarterback John Sperrazza, who went 6-of-7 for 82 yards, hit Conor Gilmartin-Donohue for a 10-yard score with 38 seconds left in the game.

Starter Anthony Orio was 14-of-30 for 149 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
BALL
1st Downs00
Total Yards324487
Passing231297
Rushing93190
Penalties8-714-45
3rd Down Conversions8-173-7
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers00
Possession34:0225:58

Passing Leaders

NortheasternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Orio14/301495.000
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis21/2429012.130

Rushing Leaders

NortheasternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Broomfield18623.4016
Abelli34113.7120
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis11958.6148
Sykes6315.2111

Receiving Leaders

NortheasternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Plum68914.8040
Lott34414.709
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Love917119.0149
Hill5459.0117

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEBALL
TD09:51MiQuale Lewis 2 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNEBALL
TD12:32Darius Hill 8 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 014
TD10:33Dante Love 49 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 021
TD05:52Dante Love 2 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 028
TD00:50Greg Abelli 20 Yd Run (Mat Johnson Kick) 728
FG00:00Ian McGarvey 25 Yd 731
THIRD QUARTERNEBALL
TD06:46Daniel Ifft 27 Yd Pass From Nate Davis (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 738
FOURTH QUARTERNEBALL
TD14:38Cory Sykes 6 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 745
FG04:10Ian McGarvey 46 Yd 748
TD00:38Conor Gilmartin-Donohue 10 Yd Pass From John Sperrazza (Rashad Jordan Kick) 1448