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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.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: K. Vantrease1863
Passing TDs: K. Vantrease8
Rushing Yards: D. McDuffie1052
Rushing TDs: D. McDuffie11
Receiving Yards: Q. Williams835
Receiving TDs: D. Johnson2
Interceptions: L. Hudgens1
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 vs. Wagner W 69 - 7
9/11 at Nebraska L 3 - 28
9/18 vs. 16 Coastal Carolina L 25 - 28
9/25 at Old Dominion W 35 - 34
10/2 vs. Western Michigan L 17 - 24
10/9 at Kent State L 38 - 48
10/16 vs. Ohio W 27 - 26
10/23 at Akron W 45 - 10
10/30 vs. Bowling Green L 44 - 56
11/9 at Miami (OH) L 18 - 45
11/17 vs. Northern Illinois L 27 - 33
11/23 at Ball State L 3 - 20
Mid-American
East
  Conference Overall
Kent State 6-2 7-5
Miami (OH) 5-3 6-6
Ohio 3-5 3-9
Bowling Green 2-6 4-8
Buffalo 2-6 4-8
Akron 1-7 2-10
West
  Conference Overall
Northern Illinois 6-2 8-4
Central Michigan 6-2 8-4
Toledo 5-3 7-5
Ball State 4-4 6-6
Eastern Michigan 4-4 7-5
Western Michigan 4-4 7-5
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4901 (63)
Passing Yards: 2589 (85)
Rushing Yards: 2312 (35)
Points per game: 29.3 (64)
Yards per game: 408.4 (64)
Touchdowns: 42 (64)
Field Goals: 14 (70)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4996 (99)
Passing Yards: 2654 (67)
Rushing Yards: 2342 (116)
Points per game: 29.9 (98)
Yards per game: 416.3 (98)
Touchdowns: 47 (112)
Field Goals: 10 (30)
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