GAMEDAY College Football

Ball State 45, Western Michigan 20

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Drew Plitt passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns - including a 75-yarder to Jalen McGaughy on the first play from scrimmage - and Ball State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Western Michigan 45-20 in Mid-American Conference action.

After Plitt staked Ball State (3-3, 1-1) to the lead 11 seconds into the game, the Broncos (4-2, 1-1) responded with short touchdown runs by La'Darius Jefferson and Kaleb Eleby to grab a 14-7 lead by quarter's end. Plitt knotted the score early in the second period on a 21-yard TD toss to Yo'Heinz Tyler. Both teams added field goals and it was 17-all at halftime.

Nick Mihalic kicked a 21-yard field goal with 6:44 left in the third quarter to put Western Michigan up 20-17, but it was all Cardinals after that. Plitt connected with Justin Hall for a 33-yard TD late in the third and added a 24-yarder to Tyler 60 seconds into the fourth to put Ball State up 31-20. Hall added a 5-yard TD run and Brett Anderson II capped the scoring when he returned a fumble 18 yards to the end zone.

Plitt competed 15 of 25 passes for Ball State. Tyler had five catches for 98 yards.

Eleby was 20-of-34 passing for 258 yards with two interceptions for the Broncos.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BallStWestMI
BallSt TD 14:49 Jalen McGaughy 75 yard TD pass from Drew Plitt (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 7 0
WestMI TD 9:03 La'Darius Jefferson 1 yard TD run (Nick Mihalic Extra Point) 7 7
WestMI TD 3:35 Kaleb Eleby 2 yard TD run (Nick Mihalic Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter BallStWestMI
BallSt TD 11:05 Yo'Heinz Tyler 21 yard TD pass from Drew Plitt (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 14 14
WestMI FG 4:31 Nick Mihalic 20 yard field goal 14 17
BallSt FG 0:00 Jake Chanove 34 yard field goal 17 17
Third Quarter BallStWestMI
WestMI FG 6:44 Nick Mihalic 31 yard field goal 17 20
BallSt TD 3:13 Justin Hall 33 yard TD pass from Drew Plitt (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 24 20
Fourth Quarter BallStWestMI
BallSt TD 14:00 Yo'Heinz Tyler 24 yard TD pass from Drew Plitt (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 31 20
BallSt TD 9:35 Justin Hall 5 yard TD run (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 38 20
BallSt TD 4:23 Brett Anderson II 18 yard fumble return for TD (Jake Chanove Extra Point) 45 20
Team Stats
  Ball State Western Michigan
First downs 18 22
  Rushing 5 8
  Passing 13 13
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 28-65 49-119
Passing Yards 310 258
Return Yards 105 31
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-26-0 20-36-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-17 4-29
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 3-0 3-2
Penalties - Yards 4-40 4-23
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Plitt 15 25 310 4 0
J. Jackson 0 1 0 0 0
Western Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Eleby 20 34 258 0 2
J. Salopek 0 2 0 0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 10 41 4.1 0
J. Hall 2 14 7.0 1
D. Marcus 5 4 0.8 0
D. Plitt 6 4 0.7 0
W. Jones 5 2 0.4 0
Western Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Jefferson 21 65 3.1 1
S. Tyler 14 52 3.7 0
L. Hartings 3 10 3.3 0
J. Kincaide 2 7 3.5 0
K. Eleby 9 -15 -1.7 1
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Y. Tyler 5 93 18.6 2
J. McGaughy 1 75 75.0 1
J. Jackson 3 61 20.3 0
J. Hall 3 49 16.3 1
T. Hohlt 2 16 8.0 0
W. Jones 1 16 16.0 0
Western Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Moore 8 82 10.3 0
J. Hall 5 61 12.2 0
A. Torres 2 57 28.5 0
C. Crooms 4 36 9.0 0
B. Nunnelly 1 22 22.0 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Coll 1 25
J. Thomas 1 0
Western Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Snyder 5 206 41.2
Western Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Mihalic 3 107 35.7
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hall 1 30 30.0
Western Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Nunnelly 1 5 5.0
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hall 2 50 25.0
Western Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Nunnelly 2 26 13.0
Z. Barnes 1 0 0
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Lewis 41
Western Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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