STARKVILLE, Miss.-Mississippi State University again is receiving major recognition from the Halbrook Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes program.During this weeks Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, MSU was named winner in the Public University Division for the highest percentage of both female and male athletes graduating - with 87 percent of females graduating and 72 percent of males graduating. The universitys overall graduation rate for student athletes is 77 percent.Administered cooperatively by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi Community College Board, and Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Halbrook Awards program recognizes college and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.While serving in the Mississippi Legislature, Representative David M. Halbrook Sr., along with his brothers John, James and J.A. Halbrook, endowed the Halbrook Awards.Along with MSU receiving the overall female and male awards for two consecutive years, the universitys female student athletes have been recognized by the Halbrook Awards program for the last four years.Winning these prestigious awards is a significant accomplishment for our talented student athletes and overall athletics program here at Mississippi State, said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.Additionally, two MSU student athletes received David M. Halbrook certificates for academic achievement. They include Brandon B. McBride, a member of the mens track and field team and a public policy and administration masters student from Canada, and Cornelia Griesche, a womens track and field team member from Germany who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors in economics this past spring.In May, McBride also graduated cum laude with a bachelors degree in business administration.Having the highest male and female student-athlete graduation rate in back-to-back years is a great honor, said Christine Jackson, MSU assistant athletic director and director of athletic academic support services. The collaborative work done by the student-athletes, Office of Athletic Academics, athletic administrators, coaches and university is a great source of pride for all Bulldogs.We are very appreciative of the IHL for bestowing such an honor upon us and for its continuous support of academic excellence throughout the state, Jackson added. 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But I told him, `You left some meat on the bone out there.At 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, some NFL scouts think Davis has what it takes to be a first-round draft pick next year. Some of them watched the game from the press box.If Davis plays like he did Tuesday night, some team could get a real steal this spring.It seemed like Davis burned the Cardinals secondary on every play, catching TD passes of 57, 35 and 62 yards while moving within 296 yards of Trevor Insleys 17-year-old national record (5,005). Davis has 4,709 yards.Western Michigan (9-0, 5-0 MAC, No. 23 CFP) knew just how talented Davis was after watching him the past four years.The rest of a curious college football world may have gotten its first long look at him Tuesday when quarterback Zach Terrell went 23 of 34 for 367 yards with the three TD passes.Ball State (4-5, 2-3) made too many mistakes to have a chance after Jarvion Franklin gave Western Michigan the lead for good with a 23-yard TD run in the first quarter.Unfortunately, we didnt execute at a high level like we needed to in order to have a chance to win against a football team like Western Michigan, first-year Ball State coach Mike Neu said.THE TAKEAWAYWestern Michigan: The conferences top team and one of five remaining unbeaten teams certainly did not disappoint on national television. But willl a blowout over a struggling MAC opponent be enough to help the Broncos climb the College Football Playoff rankings? Probably not.ddddddddddddBall State: Neu doesnt have the talent or depth to compete with a team as strong as Western Michigan, but the opportunity to play a good team certainly gives Ball State a glimpse into how much it needs to improve to compete for a conference crown.TOUGH BREAKBall State junior Jack Milas replaced injured quarterback Riley Neal, and Milas finished 20 of 38 for 199 yards with one touchdown. Milas threw two interceptions in the first half and two other interceptions were dropped by Western Michigan defenders.KEY NUMBERSBroncos CB Darius Phillips picked off Milas sixth pass of the game and returned it for a 75-yard touchdown -- his third pick-six of the season. ... Franklin, the MACs No. 2 rusher after eight games, ran 17 times for 109 yards and two scores. The Broncos were plus-3 on turnovers after starting the day at plus-12. ... Ball States James Gilbert only needed one quarter to extend his streak of consecutive 100-yard games to five. Gilbert finished with 29 carries for 155 yards and one score.POLL IMPLICATIONSWestern Michigan: After becoming the first 9-0 team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the only unbeaten outside the top four will watch this weekend to see if anyone else loses. If the Broncos win their next two, against teams that are a combined 5-12, Western Michigan should continue ascending.Ball State: The Cardinals have lost two straight, are under .500 and in last-place in the MAC West.UP NEXTWestern Michigan: The steamrolling Broncos head to Kent State (3-6, 2-3) next Tuesday, and will have to deal with yet another team trying to send a national message.Ball State: The Cardinals hope to gain some momentum next Tuesday when they welcome Eastern Michigan. 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