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.
|BALLST||Daniel Ifft 24 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)|
|BALLST||Keith Wenning 1 yd run (Ian McGarvey kick)|
|BALLST||MiQuale Lewis 8 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)|
|EMI||Alex Gillett 6 yd run (Sean Graham kick)|
|BALLST||Eric Williams 92 yd kick return (Ian McGarvey kick)|
|EMI||Garrett Hoskins 73 yd pass from Alex Gillett (Sean Graham kick)|
|EMI||Corey Welch 1 yd run (Sean Graham kick)|
|EMI||Ben Thayer 33 yd pass from Alex Gillett (Sean Graham kick)|
|EMI||Alex Gillett 2 yd run (Sean Graham kick)|
|BALLST||Briggs Orsbon 9 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Ian McGarvey kick)|
|BALLST||Ian McGarvey 44 yd FG|
|EMI||Ben Thayer 12 yd pass from Alex Gillett|
|Third Down Efficiency||7-13||4-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||125||109|
|Punt Return Yds||-3||0|
|Time of Poss.||33:47||26:13|
|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|