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Ball State bowl eligible after 20-3 victory over Buffalo

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Drew Plitt threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score - in the first quarter - and Ball State became bowl eligible with a 20-3 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

It's just the third time in program history that the Cardinals (6-6, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) have qualified for a bowl game in back-to-back seasons. Ball State and Buffalo met for the MAC championship last season - a game the Cardinals won 38-28.

Ball State set the tone early when Malcolm Lee picked off Matt Myers on the Bulls' first series, giving the Cardinals the ball on Buffalo's 42-yard line. Eleven plays later Plitt scored on a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead. Buffalo's next possession also ended in disaster when Hassan Littles blocked a punt by Jackson Baltar and Brandon Berger recovered, giving Ball State a first-and-goal at the 6. Plitt connected with Jayshon Jackson for a 7-yard score on third down and the Cardinals never looked back.

Passing Yards: K. Vantrease1861
Passing TDs: K. Vantrease8
Rushing Yards: D. McDuffie1049
Rushing TDs: D. McDuffie11
Receiving Yards: Q. Williams835
Receiving TDs: D. Johnson2
Interceptions: L. Hudgens1
Schedule 2022
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 at Maryland TBA
9/10 vs. Holy Cross TBA
9/17 at Coastal Carolina TBA
9/24 at Eastern Michigan TBA
10/1 vs. Miami (OH) TBA
10/8 at Bowling Green TBA
10/15 at Massachusetts TBA
10/22 vs. Toledo TBA
11/1 at Ohio TBA
11/9 at Central Michigan TBA
11/19 vs. Akron TBA
11/26 vs. Kent State TBA
  Conference Overall
Kent State 6-2 7-7
Miami (OH) 5-3 7-6
Ohio 3-5 3-9
Bowling Green 2-6 4-8
Buffalo 2-6 4-8
Akron 1-7 2-10
  Conference Overall
Northern Illinois 6-2 9-5
Central Michigan 6-2 9-4
Toledo 5-3 7-6
Ball State 4-4 6-7
Eastern Michigan 4-4 7-6
Western Michigan 4-4 8-5
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4925 (73)
Passing Yards: 2579 (96)
Rushing Yards: 2346 (46)
Points per game: 29.3 (60)
Yards per game: 410.4 (66)
Touchdowns: 42 (69)
Field Goals: 14 (76)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4997 (82)
Passing Yards: 2654 (40)
Rushing Yards: 2343 (109)
Points per game: 29.9 (97)
Yards per game: 416.4 (98)
Touchdowns: 47 (108)
Field Goals: 10 (17)
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