BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Ticker) -- Since it plays in a non-BCS conference, Bowling Green has virtually no chance to get in the national championship picture. But the Falcons keep winning.
Josh Harris passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Alls rushed for 109 yards, leading the 22nd-ranked Falcons to a 38-20 Mid-American Conference victory over Ball State.
Bowling Green (7-0, 4-0 MAC West) stretched its winning streak to 10 games - the second-longest in the nation behind Miami's 29-game run - and remained one of eight unbeaten teams in Division I-A.
Even if the Falcons (7-0, 4-0 MAC West) run the table, they likely will be relegated to a second-tier bowl, but that cannot dampen the enthusiam of coach Urban Meyer.
"I have been coaching for 18 years and I have been lucky to be on two teams that have gone 7-0," Meyer said. "You always enjoy winning because you know how difficult it is. That's 10 in a row and 7-0 in 2002, but we still need to improve."
Despite their 7-0 record, the Falcons trail Northern Illinois by one-half game. Bowling Green visits Northern Illinois in two weeks in a game that will likely decide the MAC West title. A double-threat quarterback, Harris ran for only 24 yards. But he found Charles Sharon for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of the final quarter to give the Falcons a 31-13 lead.
Alls paced Bowling Green's running game despite playing with an injured shoulder. He said he felt better after receiving a cortisone shot before the game.
"I felt really good out there," he said. "I really couldn't feel my shoulder. I was just trying to get back into the rhythm of my game. I felt all right, but there were times I felt a little timid."
Last week, Bowling Green earned its first ranking since 1985 but nearly got caught napping against Western Michigan. The Falcons did not lead until the fourth quarter and had to rally for a wild 48-45 overtime victory.
But Bowling Green appeared to learn its lesson. The Falcons scored 21 unanswered points in the second period to grab a 21-3 halftime lead and remained one of eight unbeaten teams in Division I-A.
"If you get the offense, defense and special teams really going, then watch out because we can be a really good team," Meyer said.
"They're a great football team," Ball State coach Bill Lynch said. "They've got so many weapons, they can hit you so many ways. As much as anything, they get you spread out that you got to be perfect in tacking."
Andy Roesch passed for 205 yards and a pair of scores for Ball State (3-5, 1-3), which earned its first conference win of the season with a 42-17 victory over Eastern Michigan last week.
"They came out with a defense we weren't expecting," Roesch said. " We practiced for a certain defense and they can out and played soft (on the receivers)."
The Falcons came in as the only team in Division I-A averaging more than 240 yards rushing and passing, but were blanked in the first quarter as Ball State grabbed a 3-0 lead on Mike Langford's 44-yard field goal.
But the Falcons offense finally got untracked as Harris tossed a seven-yard TD pass to D'Monn Baker 10 seconds into the second period. P.J. Pope added TD runs of six and yards to give Bowling Green an 18-point halftime lead.
"They've got a tough offensive line," Ball State linebacker Mike Brizendine said. "They come at you. They're quick and athletes, too. They're not just some big old men that can't move."
Marcus Merriweather paced Ball State on the ground with 139 yards on 29 carries, but he accounted for all but 14 of the Cardinals' rushing total.