Cent. Michigan 35, Ball St. 3
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)Dan LeFevour threw four touchdown passes, ran for a fifth score and became the all-time leading passer in Mid-American Conference history as he led Central Michigan to a 35-3 victory over Ball State on Wednesday night.
The senior quarterback ignored a steady rain to complete 25 of 28 passes for 344 yards and no interceptions before taking a seat midway through the fourth quarter.
He threw touchdown passes of 3 and 11 yards to tight end David Blackburn, 82 yards to Antonio Brown and 10 yards to Bryan Anderson. He also ran 1 yard for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
LeFevour now has 12,000 yards passing, breaking the record of 11,903 established by Byron Leftwich of Marshall from 1999-2002.
"It means a lot," LeFevour said. "There are a lot of great quarterbacks who have played here who have gotten a shot at the next level.
"Some of them did it in less than four years, so I'm kind of stealing it."
LeFevour, who completed 10 of his first 12 passes, was 14 of 17 for 210 yards in the first half. He also rushed eight times for 22 yards in the half. He was perfect after intermission, completing all 11 of his passes for 134 yards and two more TDs.
Anderson caught four passes for 43 yards, improving the longest active NCAA streak for receptions to 51 games.
Central Michigan (9-2, 7-0) took a 21-3 lead at the half, and LeFevour's second touchdown pass was big. It came two plays after the Cardinals (1-10, 1-6) had trimmed the deficit to 14-3 on a field goal by Ian McGarvey with 1:38 to play in the half.
Two plays after the kickoff, LeFevour found Brown in the right flat. Wide receiver Cody Wilson threw a big block, and Brown raced down the sideline for a 21-3 lead 46 seconds before halftime.
"That play changed the game," LeFevour said. "He's a game-breaker. Our offense and defense were pumped. We were in control."
LeFevour threw his first TD pass to Anderson to open the scoring with 10:56 to play in the first period. Ball State then stopped the Chippewas on four straight plays from the 1-yard line, recovering a fumble on the fourth play, but BSU went three and out on its next possession.
LeFevour directed the Chippewas 43 yards in six plays, racing in mostly untouched from a yard out for a 14-0 lead 6:32 before the half.
Ball State drove to a first down at the 6, but three plays gained just 3 yards, and McGarvey kicked his field goal.