September 20, 2008

Big second half pushes BSU past IU

Ball State lost one of its most important players, but the Cardinals were still able to pull out one of the most important wins in their program's history.

Playing without star receiver Dante Love who was carted off in the second quarter after a frightening injury, BSU beat Indiana 45-20, dealing IU its first loss to a Mid-American Conference team in 21 meetings.

Ball State did it riding the coattails of quarterback Nate Davis, who put up one of the best performances of his career. In front of a near-capacity Memorial Stadium, he completed 16-of-25 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown, also adding 33 rushing yards. Davis had plenty of time to throw all night and was only sacked once. When the pass rush did manage to chase him out of the pocket, he was able to scramble for a gain or elude would-be tacklers long enough to get rid of the ball.

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