Huskies Defeat Cardinals, 43-14

Updated 9/30/2000
Northern Illinois tackle Ryan Deim, a 6-foot-7, 336-pound tackle dubbed the "Road Grader." (AP Photo/Northern Illinois University, Scott Walstrom)
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) (Sept. 30, 2000) -- Justin McCareins caught four passes for 150 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, as Northern Illinois handed Ball State its 21st straight loss Sept. 30, 43-14, in the Mid-American Conference season-opener for both teams.

Ball State's offense was ineffective until the fourth quarter, when quarterback Talmadge Hill threw two touchdown passes, a 6-yarder to David Westbrook and a 4-yarder to Doug Nelson. Mike Langford's kicks made the score 43-14 with 8:49 to go, but time ran out on the Cardinals' comeback.

The Northern Illinois (2-2, 1-0) defense held Ball State to just 66 yards on the ground, while the Huskies offense rushed for 192 yards.

Northern Illinois' Dan Urban threw three passes on six attempts for 123 yards and one touchdown, the 99-yarder to McCareins. Chris Finlen went 6-for-9 for 113 yards and two TDs.