Ball State stays unbeaten

Published 1:41 am Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ball State’s Nate Davis pulled everything together perfectly Wednesday night.

The nifty pump fakes, the soft lobs, the precise deep balls, the low liners, even the right running plays. If he proved anything, it was this: The 16th-ranked and undefeated Cardinals are ready for prime time — and perhaps a run at a BCS bowl game.

The junior quarterback picked apart the Mid-American Conference’s top-ranked defense, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another, while MiQuale Lewis ran for 119 yards and a TD in a 45-14 victory over Northern Illinois.

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Davis looked incredibly efficient, finishing 18-of-22 for 300 yards while breaking Mike Neu’s school record for completions. Neu had 580 in his career; Davis has 592.