Ball State stepped up its efforts when needed and on Friday night the Cardinals beat the 23rd Buffalo to win their first Mid-American Conference championship game.
Drew Plitt threw three touchdowns and was 20 for 32 with 263 yards and one interception in the game. He also had a rushing touchdown in the 38-28 win.
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Ball State scored 28 points in the second quarter, topped by a Christian Albright fumble from 34 yards for a touchdown with 48 seconds left in the first half.
The Ball State defense forced two turnovers with Antonio Phillips intercepting a pass from Buffalo quarterback Kyle Vantrease.
This is their first conference title since 1996.
Vantrease had 29 for 42 with 365 passing yards and a touchdown. His only touchdown pass went to Trevor Wilson.
Despite the Ball State defense looking good for the game, Wilson and Antonio Nunn of Buffalo each received over 100 yards. Nunn had 13 catches for 182 yards and Wilson had six catches for 118 yards.
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Buffalo was sorely missed by running back Jarret Patterson, who has emerged as one of the top running backs in the country in recent weeks.
Patterson hit a touchdown but was left with a third quarter injury. He came back but only managed 45 yards on 17 carries. Kevin Marks Jr. led the way with 93 yards on nine carries.
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Ball State is taking revenge on Buffalo after their 2008 clash. The Bulls blew up the Cardinals, 42-24, in that game. Ball State was ranked No. 12 at that time.