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Football Team Improves to 3-0 with 41-24 win at Akron
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For the first time since the 1988 season the Ball State University football team (3-0, 1-0 MAC) has managed to start the season 3-0 after posting a 41-24 victory at Akron’s (1-2, 0-1 MAC) Rubber Bowl in its Mid-American Conference opener Saturday afternoon.

 

"This was a good win, but trust me we have a lot of work to do," Ball State head football coach Brady Hoke says.  "We forced some turnovers and that helped us beat a good football team.  We reacted well to some tipped balls and Sean Baker's fumble return for a touchdown was a real momentum play for us."

 

Freshman Sean Baker etched his name into the record books after scoring his first touchdown on a 33-yard fumble return at the 9:26 mark in the third quarter giving the Cardinals a 24-10 edge over the Zips.  Baker totaled three interceptions to tie the school record for interceptions in a game.

 

"We put ourselves in the right place at the right time," Hoke says.  "Our kids did a nice job in a lot of ways."

 

Senior cornerback B.J. Hill intercepted the ball in the closing minutes of the game for Ball State’s fourth interception on the day which ties for fifth all-time single-season mark for interceptions in a game.

 

MiQuale Lewis scored his second touchdown of the game at the 5:16 mark in the third quarter making it a 31-10 ball game.  Lewis tallied his second straight 100-yard rushing game.  It was the fourth 100-yard game of his career.

 

Darius Hill, Ball State’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, caught the 27th touchdown pass of his career at the 10:07 mark in the fourth quarter to build the Cardinals lead to 38-17. 

 

Sophomore kicker Ian McGarvey would then seal Ball State’s victory after a 32-yard field goal at the 3:02 mark.  McGarvey made five extra points on the day and two field goals and now has made 25 straight extra points and eight straight field goals.

 

With his first pass of the game, senior quarterback Nate Davis set the Ball State career record for passing yards.  Davis would then connect on a 21-yard touchdown pass to freshman wider receiver Briggs Osborn in the Cardinals first scoring drive at the 12:26 mark in the first quarter. 

 

McGarvey’s 31-yard field goal with 13:33 left in the second quarter increased Ball State’s lead to 10-3.  The Zips would even the score with 10:18 left after scoring their first touchdown of the game. 

 

Baker’s second interception of the game resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run from Lewis giving the Cardinals back the lead (17-10) before heading into the half.  Baker’s interception at 11:20 in the second quarter was the first of his career.

 

The Ball State football team takes on Big Ten foe Indiana Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium. 

 

"It is nice being 3-0 and 1-0 in the MAC," Hoke says.  "It says a lot for where our program is at this point.  Ball State has played a lot of tough non-conference schedules in the last 20 years and those made a 3-0 start very difficult.  We are glad to be undefeated at this point, but the most important thing is to be 1-0 in the MAC."

 

1st quarter

12:26 -- Nate Davis 21-yard pass to Briggs Orsbon (5 plays, 68 yards, 2:34) (Ian McGarvey kick good)

Ball State 7, Akron 0

 

10:50 Igor Iveljic 34-yard field goal (6 plays, 29 yards, 1:27)

Ball State 7, Akron 3

 

2nd quarter

13:33 Ian McGarvey 31-yard field goal (9 plays, 55 yards, 3:20)

Ball State 10, Akron 3

 

10:18 Alex Allen 5-yard run (2 plays, 10 yards, 55 seconds) (Igor Iveljic kick good)

Akron 10, Ball State 10

 

1:11 MiQuale Lewis 3-yard run (9 plays, 63 yards, 2:52) (Ian McGarvey kick good)

Ball State 17, Akron 10

 

3rd quarter

9:26 Sean Baker 33-yard fumble return (Ian McGarvey kick good)

Ball State 24, Akron 10

 

5:16 MiQuale Lewis 2-yard run (7 plays, 80 yards, 2:27) (Ian McGarvey kick good)

Ball State 31, Akron 10

 

4th quarter

13:06 Andrew Johnson 26-yard run (10 plays, 84 yards, 3:36) (Igor Iveljic kick good)

Ball State 31, Akron 17

 

10:07 Nate Davis 25-yard pass to Darius Hill (6 plays, 54 yards, 2:59) (Ian McGarvey kick good)

Ball State 38, Akron 17

 

8:27 Chris Jacquemain 13-yard pass to Andre Jones (5 plays, 23 yards, 1:31) (Igor Iveljic kick good)

Ball State 38, Akron 24

 

3:04 Ian McGarvey 32-yard field goal (12 plays, 63 yards, 5:17)

Ball State 41, Akron 24

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