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Eastern Michigan 20, Ball State 16

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. - Austin Smith scored the go-ahead touchdown on a quarterback keeper midway through the fourth quarter after a big interception by Robert Daniel Jr. and Eastern Michigan held on for a 20-16 victory over Ball State.

Smith's game-winning 2-yard run came four plays after Daniel intercepted a John Paddock pass, giving Eastern Michigan (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) a first-and-10 at the Ball State 28-yard line.

Paddock staked Ball State (4-4, 2-2) to a 7-0 lead 4 seconds into the second quarter when he connected with Carson Steele for an 8-yard touchdown.

The Eagles answered with Bryson Moss' 4-yard scoring run and a career-long 55-yard field goal by freshman Jesus Gomez on the final play of the quarter to grab a 10-7 lead at halftime.

Ben VonGunten knotted the score at 10 with a 24-yard field goal. Paddock followed with an 18-yard touchdown toss to freshman Brady Hunt, but the Cardinals' lead remained 16-10 heading to the final quarter after VonGunten's point-after kick was blocked.

Gomez added a 38-yard field goal to pull the Eagles within 16-13 with 11:04 left to play. Smith's winning score came with 7:23 remaining.

Smith completed 19 of 33 passes for 193 yards for Eastern Michigan. He also led the team with 52 rushing yards on 19 carries. Hassan Beydoun had 10 catches for 85 yards.

Paddock totaled 178 yards on 15-of-26 passing with two interceptions for Ball State. Steele carried 24 times for 101 yards.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter EastMiBallSt
BallSt TD 14:56 Carson Steele 8 yd pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten kick) 0 7
EastMi TD 10:56 Bryson Moss 4 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 7 7
EastMi FG 0:00 Jesus Gomez 55 yd FG 10 7
Third Quarter EastMiBallSt
BallSt FG 10:14 Ben VonGunten 24 yd FG 10 10
BallSt TD 4:09 Brady Hunt 18 yd pass from John Paddock (missed kick) 10 16
Fourth Quarter EastMiBallSt
EastMi FG 11:04 Jesus Gomez 38 yd FG 13 16
EastMi TD 7:23 Austin Smith 2 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 20 16
Team Stats
  Eastern Michigan Ball State
First downs 25 20
  Rushing 12 7
  Passing 10 8
  Penalty 3 5
3rd Down Efficiency 9-16, 56% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 46-161 34-114
Passing Yards 197 178
Return Yards 62 31
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-35-0 15-26-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--22 1--8
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 44.3 42
Fumbles Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 11-112 5-62
Time of Possession 37:09 22:51
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 20 34 197 0 0
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Paddock 15 26 178 2 2
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 19 52 2.7 1
D. Boone Jr. 11 43 3.9 0
J. Jackson 7 39 5.6 0
T. Knue 2 16 8.0 0
B. Moss 4 14 3.5 1
E. Jackson-Anderson 1 1 1.0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 24 101 4.2 0
V. Pemberton 7 39 5.6 0
W. Jones 1 3 3.0 0
J. Paddock 1 -8 -8.0 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
H. Beydoun 10 85 8.5 0
G. Oakes 3 44 14.7 0
T. Knue 3 25 8.3 0
A. Paaske 2 24 12.0 0
D. Drummond 1 12 12.0 0
J. Jackson 1 7 7.0 0
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 4 66 16.5 0
C. Steele 4 57 14.3 1
B. Hunt 3 28 9.3 1
A. Abdur-Rahman 1 13 13.0 0
W. Jones 1 6 6.0 0
R. Lezon 1 5 5.0 0
N. Presley 1 3 3.0 0
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Q. Scandrett 1 34
R. Daniel Jr. 1 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Tomasek 4 177 44.3
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 3 126 42.0
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 13 6.5
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 28 14.0
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Jones 1 18 18.0
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length




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