Western Michigan Cruises Past Ball State, 42-3

Updated 11/4/2000
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Robert Sanford ran for 151 yards and three first-half touchdowns to lead Western Michigan to a 42-3 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Ball State (4-5, 4-2 Mid-American Conference).

The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, as Thomas Pucke's 26-yard field goal capped a 12-play, 64-yard drive.

Ball State forced the Broncos (8-1, 6-0) to punt on their ensuing possession. Then Sanford took over, scoring on runs of 4, 1, and 1 yards on Western Michigan's next three possessions.

The bulk of Ball State's offense came from running back Mike Merriweather, who ran for 113 yards on 34 carries.

Talmadge Hill completed just 7-of-19 passes for 55 yards for the Cardinals. He was replaced in the fourth quarter by Brian Conn, who was 4-of-12 for 41 yards. Both Hill and Conn threw interceptions.

Western Michigan's Jeff Welsh completed 18-of-34 passes for 260 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.