Bowling Green 38, Ball St. 6
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) _ Erik White threw three touchdown passes as Bowling Green tied a Mid- American Conference record with its 16th consecutive league victory, beating Ball State 38-6 Saturday.
The Falcons (9-2 overall, 8-0 in the MAC) have won all of their MAC games under second-year head coach Gary Blackney. They will play in the inaugural Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 18.
The 16-game conference winning streak is the longest in the nation. The victory also was Bowling Green’s 10th in a row at home.
White completed 16 of 33 passes for 245 yards and touchdowns of 28 yards to LeRoy Smith, 13 yards to Mark Szlachcic and 46 yards to Dave Hankins to turn a 10-6 lead into a 31-6 margin heading into the fourth quarter.
White has thrown three touchdown passes in each of the last three games and has 11 over the last four games.
Szlachcic broke MAC and school records for career receptions with his first catch of the day from White. He now has 182 catches for his career.
Szlachcic ended the day with six catches for 61 yards.
Ken Burress added a 51-yard interception return for the Falcons’ last score. Darnell Staten added a 23-yard return of a blocked punt for another defensive touchdown.
Ball State’s Corey Croom came into the game leading the MAC in rushing with an average of 113 yards per game, but he was limited to 27 yards on 17 carries as Bowling Green’s defense allowed 18 net yards rushing on 36 carries.