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MUNCIE, IN (WKZO) – Andrew Haldeman nailed a 52-yard field goal into the wind as time expired Saturday afternoon. A missed 36-yard try in the extra session turned into six points for the Cardinals, lifting Ball State over the Broncos 30-24.
Ball State’s high-octane offense did not disappoint the home crowd, racking up 433 yards of total offense. Cardinal quarterback Keith Wenning finished the day 27-of-43 for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Bronco offense stood toe-to-toe with the Cardinals, recording 424 yards of total offense, including 222 yards on the ground. Dareyon Chance led the ground game with 116 yards on 11 carries. Antoin Scriven put the Broncos on the board in the first quarter with a 1-yard score, and he finished with 10 yards on four carries on the afternoon. Brian Fields added 96 yards and a 23 yard score on his longest rush of the afternoon.
Tyler VanTubbergen finished 16-of-31 for 202 yards through the air, which included a 45-yard strike in the second quarter to Josh Schaffer to give the Broncos the 14-7 lead.
Defensively, the Broncos came up big in the red zone late in the game, denying Ball State a scoring chance to preserve their 21-17 lead.
A Ball State touchdown with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter accounted for the first points for either team in the quarter, and gave the Cardinals the 24-21 lead.
VanTubbergen completed passes to Josh Schaffer and Jamie Wilson advancing the ball to the Ball State 44 yard line. A Cardinal interception on the next play was then fumbled on the Ball State 34 yard line and recovered by Western Michigan with five seconds to go giving the Broncos one shot to force the extra session.
In the overtime, Ball State kept Western Michigan out of the end zone. Off of the missed field goal, Jahwan Edwards found the end zone from 15 yards out to secure the win for the Cardinals.
Western Michigan falls to 3-4 on the season, 1-2 in MAC play. The Broncos travel to Kent State next weekend. The Golden Flashes defeated Army today 31-17.