Eastern Michigan at Ball State

E. Michigan 41, Ball St. 38, OT


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Alex Gillett found Ben Thayer with a 12-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Eastern Michigan ended an 18-game losing streak with a 41-38 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Gillett ran for 189 yards and two TDs and threw for 225 yards and three scores as the Eagles (1-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) won their first game since Nov. 28, 2008.

Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes and Eric Williams scored on a 92-yard kickoff return for the Cardinals (2-5, 1-2).

Ball State took a 38-35 lead on Ian McGarvey's field goal on the first possession of OT before Thayer scored his second TD of the game.

Eastern Michigan trailed 28-7 late in the second quarter but rallied with 28 unanswered points.

Ball State then tied it at 35-all when Wenning hit Briggs Orsbon with a 9-yard TD pass with 34 seconds left in regulation.

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Scoring Summary
BALLSTDaniel Ifft 24 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)
BALLSTKeith Wenning 1 yd run (Ian McGarvey kick)
BALLSTMiQuale Lewis 8 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)
EMIAlex Gillett 6 yd run (Sean Graham kick)
BALLSTEric Williams 92 yd kick return (Ian McGarvey kick)
EMIGarrett Hoskins 73 yd pass from Alex Gillett (Sean Graham kick)
EMICorey Welch 1 yd run (Sean Graham kick)
EMIBen Thayer 33 yd pass from Alex Gillett (Sean Graham kick)
EMIAlex Gillett 2 yd run (Sean Graham kick)
BALLSTBriggs Orsbon 9 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)
BALLSTIan McGarvey 44 yd FG
EMIBen Thayer 12 yd pass from Alex Gillett
Team Stats
First Downs2616
Third Down Efficiency7-134-11
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-0
Plays-Net Yards73-49061-243
Passing Yds225145
Kick Return Yds125109
Punt Return Yds-30
Time of Poss.33:4726:13
Individual Stats
EMI: Alex Gillett 35-189, Chaz Mitchell 7-30, Corey Welch 7-26, Javonti Greene 3-20, Dominique Sherrer 2-2, Team 1--2
BALLST: Eric Williams 8-62, David Brown 10-32, Keith Wenning 6-10, MiQuale Lewis 6-1, Phil Dudley 1--1, Team 1--6
EMI: Alex Gillett 10-18-225-1
BALLST: Keith Wenning 16-29-145-0
EMI: Kinsman Thomas 6-87, Ben Thayer 3-65, Garrett Hoskins 1-73
BALLST: Jack Tomlinson 4-35, Aaron Mershman 3-16, MiQuale Lewis 2-13, Phil Dudley 2-12, Daniel Ifft 1-24, Torieal Gibson 1-22, Briggs Orsbon 1-9, Eric Williams 1-7, David Brown 1-7

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