Ball State received the opening kick, ran two plays, and fumbled the ball deep in their own territory. Indiana turned that into three points.
A Cardinal three and out followed before Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow found Nick Westbrook for a 43 yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 10-0.
The Hoosiers would add another first half touchdown when Lagow found Luke Timian from 10 yards out with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter. On the ensuing drive, Ball State quarterback Riley Neal would be picked off on the first play, and the Hoosiers would tack on a field goal to build the 20-0 lead.
Indiana would stretch the lead to 30-0 before Ball State finally got on the board. Morgan Hagee connected on 22 yard field goal with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cardinals made things interesting in the fourth quarter. Hagee added another field goal to make it 30-6, then returned a blocked punt for a touchdown with just under 13 minutes remaining to cut the lead to 30-13.
Ball State would find the endzone for the first time Saturday when Neal found for a five yard touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the game. An unsuccessful Cardinal onside kick followed, and Indiana closed out the 30-20 win.
Ball State is back in action next week. The Cardinals open up at home against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Saturday. Indiana gets a week off before a road matchup with Wake Forest on September 24th.