KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Obbie Jackson returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff and Western Michigan never looked back in a 55-3 romp over Ball State on Saturday night.
Jackson ignited a 31-point first half that included a 12-yard scoring strike from Jon Wassink to Keishawn Watson, TD runs from LeVant Bellamy and Jarvion Franklin and a 43-yard field goal by Josh Grant.
Wassink finished with 240 yards on 14-of-20 passing with three TDs, including a pair to Watson, who had five catches for 93 yards.
Western Michigan (3-2, 1-0), the defending Mid-American Conference champs, have won four straight in the series. The Broncos scored four TDs on its first six possessions.
Ball State avoided the shutout with a Morgan Hagee 28-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Cardinals' Anthony Winbush was held without a sack after coming into the game with 7.5, tops in the nation.
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