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Western Michigan 37, Ball State 30

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. - Sean Tyler ran 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and Western Michigan beat Ball State 37-30.

Western Michigan (1-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) ended a two-game skid against Ball State (0-2, 0-1) and collected its first victory at Schuemann Stadium since its undefeated 2016 season, a 52-20 win.

It took one play for the Broncos to cap the scoring with 7:33 remaining. Ball State then drove to the Western Michigan 38, but the drive stalled on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-8. The Broncos converted on fourth-and-7 to help run out the clock.

Jack Salopek threw his first career touchdown pass when he hit Crooms in the end zone for a 12-yard score and the Broncos led 29-23 on the after the first play of the fourth quarter. Ball State answered on the ensuing series when John Paddock lofted a pass to Amir Abdur-Rahman, who made a one-handed, over-the shoulder catch then ran untouched about 15 yards into the end zone for a 39-yard TD.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WestMIBallSt
WestMI TD 10:58 La'Darius Jefferson 4 yd run (Palmer Domschke kick) 7 0
BallSt TD 9:00 Yo'Heinz Tyler 2 yd pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten kick) 7 7
BallSt FG 2:06 Ben VonGunten 20 yd FG 7 10
Second Quarter WestMIBallSt
BallSt FG 2:43 Ben VonGunten 47 yd FG 7 13
WestMI TD 0:36 La'Darius Jefferson 5 yd run (Palmer Domschke kick) 14 13
BallSt FG 0:00 Ben VonGunten 44 yd FG 14 16
Third Quarter WestMIBallSt
BallSt TD 8:34 Carson Steele 1 yd run (Ben VonGunten kick) 14 23
WestMI TD 4:50 La'Darius Jefferson 4 yd run (Palmer Domschke kick) 21 23
Fourth Quarter WestMIBallSt
WestMI TD 14:59 Corey Crooms 12 yd pass from Jack Salopek (Jack Salopek 2pt pass from Corey Crooms) 29 23
BallSt TD 13:10 Amir Abdur-Rahman 39 yd pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten kick) 29 30
Team Stats
  Western Michigan Ball State
First downs 25 19
  Rushing 8 6
  Passing 15 9
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 3-4, 75% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-133 29-151
Passing Yards 227 258
Return Yards 62 93
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-41-1 20-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 5 6
Punts-Average 42 35
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 6-67 6-43
Time of Possession 29:20 22:58
Western Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Salopek 24 41 227 1 1
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Paddock 20 33 258 2 0
Western Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Jefferson 15 58 3.9 3
S. Tyler 13 45 3.5 0
J. Salopek 6 27 4.5 0
M. Hrabowski 1 2 2.0 0
C. Crooms 1 -2 -2.0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 25 140 5.6 1
W. Jones 3 7 2.3 0
V. Pemberton 1 4 4.0 0
Western Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Crooms 9 82 9.1 1
J. Galloway 4 43 10.8 0
A. Sambucci 2 33 16.5 0
J. Burgett 1 17 17.0 0
L. Jefferson 2 16 8.0 0
A. Abbott 1 7 7.0 0
B. Bosma 2 6 3.0 0
S. Tyler 2 3 1.5 0
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Abdur-Rahman 6 86 14.3 1
J. Jackson 6 69 11.5 0
Y. Tyler 5 52 10.4 1
B. Hunt 2 44 22.0 0
T. Koziol 1 7 7.0 0
Western Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Uzodinma II 1 1
Western Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Mihalic 5 210 42.0
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 6 210 35.0
Western Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Abdus-Salaam 1 5 5.0
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 1 5 5.0
Western Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Tyler 3 57 19.0
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Uzodinma II 4 87 21.8
Western Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length




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