NCAA Game Summary - Ball State at Eastern Michigan|
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Ball State 33, Eastern Michigan 31
Ypsilanti, MI (Sports Network) - Steven Schott drilled a 44-yard field goal
with nine seconds remaining, lifting the Ball State Cardinals to a thrilling
33-31 win over Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference showdown at
With the win, Ball State (6-4, 4-2 MAC) becomes bowl eligible. Keith Wenning
threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. One of those TDs went
to Torieal Gibson, who finished with 142 yards on seven catches.
The Eagles (5-4, 3-2) came up short in their quest for a third straight win
and bowl eligibility, despite a magnificent day from quarterback Alex Gillett.
The junior signal-caller completed 12-of-17 passes for 196 yards and four
touchdowns. He also ran for a game-high 126 yards and did not commit any
turnovers on the day.
Ball State struck first, as Wenning connected with Gibson for a 94-yard
touchdown pass to silence the home crowd and stake the Cardinals a 7-0 lead
with 9:38 remaining in the opening quarter.
EMU answered right back with a quick scoring drive, as Gillett found Trey
Hunter for a 32-yard scoring strike to even the score at 7-7.
Ball State reclaimed the lead at the 4:50 mark of the opening frame, with
Barrington Scott hauling in an eight-yard touchdown pass from Wenning.
But once again, the Eagles responded as Gillett hooked up with Nick Olds for a
42-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 14 apiece in the final minute of
the first quarter.
After a 31-yard field goal by Ball State's Schott early in the second quarter,
EMU took a 21-17 lead on Gillett's third touchdown pass of the day, this time
covering 14 yards to Tyreese Russell with 1:47 remaining until halftime.
Cardinals return man Jamill Smith ran the ensuing kickoff all the way down to
the EMU 15, setting up a 29-yard field goal by Schott to cut the deficit to
21-20 entering the half.
Ball State carried that momentum into the second half, with Jahwan Edwards
scoring on a 15-yard run to give the Cardinals a 27-21 lead with 9:39 to play
in the third quarter.
EMU reclaimed the lead in the final seconds of the third quarter thanks to
Russell's second touchdown grab of the day, this time covering 16 yards to cap
a 13-play, 88-yard drive.
The seesaw battle continued in the fourth quarter, as Schott gave the
Cardinals a 30-28 lead with a 23-yard field goal to polish off a 13-play, 76-
The Eagles answered with a 13-play drive of their own, also coming away with
just three points on Kody Fulkerson's 20-yard field goal to give EMU a 31-30
lead with 1:18 remaining in regulation.
But Ball State was not done, as the Cardinals promptly drove 46 yards in nine
plays, setting up Schott's game-winner from 44 yards.
Eastern Michigan lost despite a 29-21 edge in first downs and a 501-375
advantage in total offense for the game. The Eagles converted 13-of-19 third
downs and held the ball for 40:11, compared to 19:40 possession time for the
Cardinals, who converted only 2-of-9 third downs.
11/05 17:22:24 ET