The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 1:00 am

Ball State 20 Buffalo 3

Cardinals win to finally earn bowl eligibility

Journal Gazette

The third time proved the charm for Ball State on Tuesday. The Cardinals gained bowl eligibility with a 20-3 victory over Buffalo at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, snapping a two-game skid.

After falling at Northern Illinois and at home to Central Michigan in its first two chances to secure postseason eligibility, Ball State (6-6, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) staked itself to a 14-0 lead early, scoring two touchdowns in a two-minute, 22-second stretch of the first quarter in a rematch of the 2020 MAC championship game.

Malcolm Lee's 28-yard interception return set up an 11-play drive that culminated in a 1-yard plunge by Ball State quarterback Drew Plitt for the game's first score. On Buffalo's next possession, Hassan Littles blocked a punt and it took the Cardinals just three plays to double the lead.

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