Ball State Drops Home Opener to Western Illinois, 24-14

Updated 9/9/2000
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) (September 9, 2000) -- Talmadge Hill scored two touchdown's but it wasn't enough as Ball State lost its home opener, 24-14 to Western Illinois.

Frisman Jackson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Walter Mitchell with 4:43 left to put Western Illinois in control.

After falling behind 17-0, Ball State (0-2) rallied on Talmadge Hill's two TD passes in the first five minutes of the final quarter, including a 17-yard strike to Billy Lynch.

Western Illinois (1-1) led 17-14 with 10:09 remaining, then Mitchell capped an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive with the Leathernecks' first receiving touchdown of the game.

Jasen Isom scored the first touchdown of the game at 5:27 in the first on a one-yard run, giving the Leathernecks a 7-0 advantage. At the 10:10 mark in the second quarter, J.R. Jenkins returned his second interception of the day 30 yards to put Western Illinois up 14-0.

Joe Lopez added a 29-yard field goal just before the half, giving the Leathernecks a 17-0 halftime advantage

Charles Tharp led all Western Illinois rushers with 133 yards on 30 carries.

Cardinals quarterbacks Brian Conn and Hill each threw two interceptions and passed for a combined total of only 156 yards.