(#15)NIU Survives Ball State; 48-27

The game was much closer than the score would show.

After the 4th quarter began tied at 27, the Huskies found a way to get to 10-0, winning their 25 straight at home and 23 straight MAC game. The fourth quarter started the exact opposite of MACtion. The teams traded punts on consecutive possessions with the game tied at 27. Then when it looked like the Huskies might break the game open, Ball State forced, and recovered, a fumble on what would have been a 53-yard completion to Da'Ron Brown. NIU was then able to force the Cardinals to punt again.

On their second drive of the fourth quarter, on a third and 11, Lynch somehow managed to avoid two blitzing defenders, spin and deliver a 15-yard strike to Matt Williams to extend their drive. Just a few plays later, Da'Ron Brown, who fumbled in the previous possession after a huge pass, caught a 36-yard touchdown pass that gave the Huskies a 34-27 lead.

Ball State looked to counter on their next drive. They drove to the Huskies 44-yard line, but with less than four minutes to go, and on a 4th and one, the BSU halfback, Jahwan Edwards, was stuffed in the backfield.

From there the Huskies would just try run out the clock on a balanced rushing attack from Lynch and Stingily (with the occasional bubble screen to Tommylee Lewis), but Lynch would not be denied the endzone one more time. He bowled over Ball State's safety on his way to a 16-yard score, pushing the lead to 41-27 with just under a minute to play. But the Huskies weren't done yet. Joe Windsor, a defensive end for the Huskies, picked off a Wenning pass and took it 49-yards for another late NIU touchdown.

Lynch would continue his Heisman-like number with over 450 total yards against the Cardinals and the Huskie defense held Keith Wenning and Ball State to just 3 second half points.

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