MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Third-string quarterback Kellen Lewis
rallied Indiana for two-second half touchdowns and Austin Starr hit
a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Hoosiers a
24-23 victory over Ball State on Saturday night.
Graeme McFarland started in place of the injured Blake Powers,
but was pulled after just six plays. Lewis took advantage of his
first college chance.
He helped the Hoosiers erase a 17-0 first half deficit and
finished 15-of-28 for 228 yards with two TDs -- one rushing, one
passing. It's the first time since 1904-06 that Indiana has started
2-0 three consecutive years.
Joey Lynch threw three touchdown passes in the first half, but
it was a missed extra point that cost the Cardinals their first win
against a Big Ten team. The Cardinals (1-1) are 0-15 against the
Big Ten. Lynch, whose father, Bill, and brother, Billy, both are
assistants at Indiana, finished 15-of-24 for 246 yards with an
The Cardinals jumped in front quickly when Lynch threw TD passes
on the Ball State's first possessions. After a 23-yard punt, Ball
State's Brian Jackson hit a 52-yard field goal to make it 17-0
midway through the second quarter.
Then Marcus Thigpen got the comeback started. He took the
ensuing kickoff at the goal line and sprinting down the right side
of the field to make it 17-7 for a record-tying 100-yard TD return.
Ball State closed the half with Lynch's 41-yard TD pass to
Darius Hill, but Jackson missed the extra point wide right -- a
mistake that proved the difference.
Lewis finally got Indiana righted in the second half. He threw a
12-yard TD pass to James Hardy on the opening possession, then
scored on a 23-yard run midway through the third quarter to get the
Hoosiers within 23-21.
After Lewis hooked up with Andrew Means on a 32-yard pass, early
in the fourth, Cardinals safety Marcus McClure drew a personal
foul. The pass-and-penalty led to Starr's winning 35-yard field