Friday, March 7, 2014
The Associated Press
DEKALB, Ill. — Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night.
Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da’Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) ran the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 25. They also have won 23 straight conference games.
Lynch added a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to go, and defensive end Joe Windsor scored on a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left.
Lynch was 26 of 32 for 345 yards and ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards, also catching a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The victory preserved Northern Illinois’ hopes for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. It played in the Orange Bowl last season and is 15th in the BCS rankings.
Keith Wenning completed 35 of 49 pass for 324 yards for Ball State (9-2, 6-1). Willie Snead had 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jahwan Edwards ran for 156 yards and a score.
The loss ended the Cardinals’ seven-game winning streak and 11-game MAC run.
BAYLOR: Coach Art Briles has a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, the team he has taken from perennial Big 12 loser to the conference’s lone remaining undefeated team.
Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time in school history.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 84, DUQUESNE 81: Chris Pelcher scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, leading four other players in double figures as the Wildcats (2-0) beat the Dukes (1-1) at Pittburgh.
Duquesne cut the Wildcats’ lead to 82-81 with 6.4 seconds remaining, but sent Scott Morris to the line. Morris made both free throws for the final points.
Pelcher was 7 of 13 from the field for the Wildcats. New Hampshire shot 15 of 27 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc. The Wildcats trailed at the half and the beginning of the second half, but moved into the lead with 11:21 to play with a 3-pointer by Daniel Dion.
Tra’Vaugh White had a game-high 18 points as Duquesne managed to take back the lead at 81-80 with 1:26 to play. The Dukes struggled behind the arc, shooting 6 of 22 (27.3 percent).
(18) PURDUE 76, IUPUI 56: K.K. Houser scored 20 points as the Boilermakers (2-0) won at Indianapolis.
(7) KENTUCKY 103, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 38: Reserve Bernisha Pinkett scored 19 points, leading the Wildcats (3-0) at Lexington, Ky.
Playing the morning home opener before about 2,000 enthusiastic sixth graders, the Wildcats followed up Sunday’s 49-point win over Wagner with a 54-point second half against the outgunned Eagles (1-2).
Kentucky thrived on both ends, forcing 35 turnovers and shooting 51 percent to win its first meeting against the Southern Conference member.
Starting guard Kastine Evans added 15 points, DeNesha Stallworth and Linnae Harper each had 13, Samarie Walker added 12 and Azia Bishop had 10 with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Guard Angel McGowan shook off a second-half ankle injury to score 10 points for Georgia Southern
(16) TEXAS A&M 76, PRAIRIE VIEW 27: Karla Gilbert led the Aggies (2-0) with 15 points at College Station, Texas.
The Aggies led the Panthers 38-10 at halftime. The 27 points for the Panthers was the fewest scored against Texas A&M since Louisiana Tech managed just 26 in a December 2012 game.
UCONN: The top-ranked Huskies have lost two frontcourt players to injury, two games into the season.
The school said All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis sustained a nerve contusion of her right elbow when she took a hard fall while coming down with a rebound in UConn’s 76-57 victory over No. 3 Stanford on Monday night. She is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated next week.
Sophomore forward Morgan Tuck will miss between 4 and 6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee.