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Ball State 20, Northern Illinois 17

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. - Jackson Courville made a 36-yard field goal as time expired and Ball State scored the last 10 points to beat Northern Illinois 20-17.

Ball State's Kiael Kelly tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Koziol to tie the game 17-all with 3:44 remaining. On the ensuing possession, Tyler Potts had a strip sack of Rocky Lombardi and Kyron Mims recovered the ball at the Northern Illinois 41-yard line with 2:13 left.

The Cardinals converted twice on third down to keep the drive alive before Courville's kick split the uprights.

Kelly completed 15 of 25 passes for 115 yards and added 66 yards on the ground with a 6-yard touchdown run. Marquez Cooper had 93 yards rushing on 25 carries for Ball State (3-7, 2-4 Mid-American Athletic Conference).

Lombardi was 15-of-26 passing for 141 yards and had a 4-yard touchdown run. Trayvon Rudolph's 35-yard TD run gave Northern Illinois (4-6, 3-3) a 17-10 lead with 10 minutes to play.

November 7, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BallStNIU
BallSt TD 10:49 Kiael Kelly 6 yd run (Jackson Courville kick) 7 0
Second Quarter BallStNIU
NIU TD 10:48 Rocky Lombardi 4 yd run (Kanon Woodill kick) 7 7
BallSt FG 1:04 Jackson Courville 37 yd FG 10 7
NIU FG 0:00 Kanon Woodill 27 yd FG 10 10
Fourth Quarter BallStNIU
NIU TD 10:00 Trayvon Rudolph 35 yd run (Kanon Woodill kick) 10 17
BallSt TD 3:44 Tanner Koziol 6 yd pass from Kiael Kelly (Jackson Courville kick) 17 17
BallSt FG 0:00 Jackson Courville 36 yd FG 20 17
Team Stats
  Ball State Northern Illinois
First downs 20 17
  Rushing 11 7
  Passing 8 9
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 10-18, 56% 3-10, 30%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 44-186 29-174
Passing Yards 115 141
Return Yards 45 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-25-0 15-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--3
Punts 4 4
Punts-Average 36.5 34
Fumbles Lost 1-0 4-3
Penalties - Yards 3-25 2-18
Time of Possession 34:50 25:10
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Kelly 15 25 115 1 0
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Lombardi 15 26 141 0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cooper 25 93 3.7 0
K. Kelly 14 66 4.7 1
V. Pemberton 5 27 5.4 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 18 73 4.1 0
T. Rudolph 3 69 23.0 1
G. Williams 2 18 9.0 0
R. Lombardi 6 14 2.3 1
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Edwards 5 32 6.4 0
Q. Magwood 3 26 8.7 0
T. Koziol 3 22 7.3 1
M. Cooper 2 18 9.0 0
N. Presley 1 10 10.0 0
V. Pemberton 1 7 7.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Rudolph 6 57 9.5 0
D. Pardridge 2 40 20.0 0
B. Lampe 2 17 8.5 0
G. Williams 2 15 7.5 0
A. Brown 2 8 4.0 0
C. Thompson 1 4 4.0 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 4 146 36.5
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Foley 4 136 34.0
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Magwood 1 11 11.0
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Pardridge 1 0 0
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Munson 2 6 3.0
M. Gillie 1 28 28.0
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Dozier 2 20 10.0
T. Rudolph 1 23 23.0
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Courville 50
J. Courville 37
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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