Drew Plitt threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, with only five incompletions, and Ball State beat Western Michigan 42-41 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Plitt connected with Kyle Schrank for a 2-yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime. Freshman Kaleb Eleby answered with a 1-yard sneak, but WMU’s 2-point conversion attempt was no good when LeVante Bellamy was tripped up short of the end zone.
James Gilbert had two rushing touchdowns for Ball State (4-7, 3-4 Mid-American Conference). Riley Miller, who entered with a touchdown catch in four straight games and five of six games, had 94 yards receiving and one touchdown. Morgan Hagee made six extra points to break Ball State’s program record of 122 by Ian McGarvey in 2010.
Ball State led 21-17 at halftime, led by Plitt’s 13-of-15 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Eleby, who made his debut on Oct. 25, was 20-of-29 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown for Western Michigan (6-5, 4-3), which is bowl eligible for a program-record fifth straight season. Bellamy carried it 35 times for 213 yards and a touchdown and Jamauri Bogan added 105 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
FBS adds bowl game
The Myrtle Beach Bowl is coming to South Carolina’s Grand Strand resort area in 2020, and will be shared by Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt.
The conferences and ESPN Events announced the new Myrtle Beach Bowl on Tuesday.
The network will own, operate and televise the game.
The game will be played at Brooks Stadium, home of Coastal Carolina, which is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
No. 18 Iowa State will be without junior David Montgomery, one of its best players, for the first half of Saturday’s showdown at No. 13 Texas (7-3, 5-2) after being ejected for throwing a punch during last week’s win over Baylor.
How the Cyclones (6-3, 5-2 Big 12) fare for 30 minutes without their star running back in this game could decide whether they stay alive in the Big 12 title-game chase.