Ball State and Northern Illinois finished the first quarter with the Cardinals out to a 7-3 lead Wednesday night in DeKalb.
The only touchdown of the first quarter was scored on a Keith Wenning to Willie Snead connection. The score capped off a 12 play 72 yard drive elapsing 5:04. For the quarter Wenning completed 9 of 10 passes for 69 yards. Jahwan Edwards carried the ball 4 times for 13 yards and Snead caught 3 passes for 26 yards. Wenning completed passes to five different receivers in the first. Ball State junior cornerback Quintin Cooper was carted off with an apparent ankle injury on NIU's initial drive.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch completed 9 of 11 passes for 85 yards. Lynch also carried the ball 4 times for 25 yards. Da'Ron Brown caught 3 passes for 40 yards. Mathew Sims booted a 34 yard field goal.