Northern Illinois at Ball State

N. Illinois 35, Ball St. 23


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Jordan Lynch accounted for 402 yards and gave Northern Illinois the lead for good with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Daniels, and the Huskies defeated Ball State 35-23 on Saturday.

Northern Illinois (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American), which has won five straight after a season-opening loss to Iowa, trailed 23-14 after Keith Wenning's short TD run for the Cardinals (3-3, 1-2) in the third quarter. But Lynch, who ran for 207 yards on 29 carries, scored on a 12-yard run. With 4:58 to play, the TD pass to Daniels made it 28-23 Huskies. Lynch then sealed it with a 71-yard run, his third rushing TD, with 3:03 left.

Lynch was 16 of 23 for 195 yards and was not intercepted. Wenning attempted 71 passes for Ball State, completing 42, for 434 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jamill Smith ran for 146 yards on just 14 attempts for the Cardinals.

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Scoring Summary
NILLJordan Lynch 29 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
BALLSTSteven Schott 20 yd FG
NILLLeighton Settle 1 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
BALLSTSteven Schott 27 yd FG
BALLSTWillie Snead 12 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Steven Schott kick)
BALLSTSteven Schott 43 yd FG
BALLSTKeith Wenning 1 yd run (Steven Schott kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 12 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLAkeem Daniels 54 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 71 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2429
Third Down Efficiency2-129-20
Fourth Down Efficiency2-31-2
Plays-Net Yards75-509100-563
Passing Yds195434
Kick Return Yds124105
Punt Return Yds20
Time of Poss.26:1233:12
Individual Stats
NILL: Jordan Lynch 29-207, Keith Harris 5-46, Tommylee Lewis 4-32, Leighton Settle 11-15, Akeem Daniels 2-15, Team 1--1
BALLST: Jahwan Edwards 10-65, Horactio Banks 11-43, Barrington Scott 5-17, Keith Wenning 3-4
NILL: Jordan Lynch 16-23-195-0
BALLST: Keith Wenning 42-71-434-2
NILL: Akeem Daniels 5-78, Martel Moore 5-31, Jamison Wells 3-47, Luke Eakes 1-34, Da'Ron Brown 1-6, Tommylee Lewis 1--1
BALLST: Jamill Smith 14-146, Zane Fakes 11-98, Willie Snead 6-87, Connor Ryan 4-17, KeVonn Mabon 2-60, Jahwan Edwards 2-7, David Schneider 1-9, Jack Tomlinson 1-8, Horactio Banks 1-2
Northern Illinois3rd Mid American West5-35-7
Ball State6th Mid American West1-74-8

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