Eastern Michigan was in action on election night with helmets that carried the name of United States Presidents. While history was being made in the political ring, the same was happening for EMU's football program.

The Eagles came back from a 21-point first-quarter deficit to beat Ball State 48-41 on the road, matching the largest deficit overcome in a victory. The win makes Eastern Michigan bowl eligible for the first time since 1995, but coach Chris Creighton knows the work is not done. Getting bowl eligible is the first step, but it's going to take a few more wins to play in a bowl game for the first time since 1987.

"I know we are bowl eligible, but that does not mean we are bowl-guaranteed," Creighton said after the game. "We still have lots of work to do and much to improve on. Our goal has always been to be bowl eligible, so we are moving closer to that each game. I know this isn't the best step or the guaranteed step into this goal, but it was a monster step forward for us tonight. Winning away from home, and winning a conference game, I am very proud of what we accomplished tonight."


Ball State had answers every time Eastern Michigan climbed back into the game. Finally, EMU got the ball on its own 14 yard line with no timeouts needing a score for the win. The most incredible play of the drive was this toss from Brogan Roback for 34 of his career-high 468 yards to set up the game-winning score.