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2019 MAC Football Week 7 Game Recap: Ball State Downs Eastern Michigan

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Ball State comes from behind to beat Eastern Michigan on the road.

A Picture that Pretty Much Sums up the Game
Kenneth Bailey

At one point, Eastern Michigan was leading 17-7 and starting to look like they were in command.

Ball State struck near the end of the second quarter to bring the game within a field goal.

Since Eastern Michigan chose to recieve at the beginning of the game, Ball State would start the second half with the ball. They didn’t do anything on that possession.

Eastern Michigan was able to score on a Mike Glass one yard run to bring the game to 23-14. But the EMU defense just couldn't hold up, while the offense stalled, as Ball State tallied two more scores to win the game.

When I did my preview, I said it would depend on which team would be able to establish their running game.

Ball State stepped up to that challenge by getting 196 yards to Eastern Michigan’s 89 yards. Caleb Huntley would get 152 of those yards for Ball State. Mike Glass III would get 36 of Eastern Michigan’s yards. And from my perspective, it looked like those yards came on broken plays.

Probably the deciding factor was the three picks that Mike Glass III threw. Ball State capitalized on at least one of those interceptions. Despite that, Eastern Michigan remained in the game until the end. It almost looked like they were going to pull off another last minute victory. Had Arthur Jackson been inbounds when he caught the ball in the endzone, that would been the case but like so many times, inches mattered.

Eastern Michigan falls to 3-3 and 0-2 in the MAC. Ball State goes up to 3-3 and are 2-0 in the MAC and currently on top of the West Division. Eastern Michigan will host the Western Michigan Broncos next Saturday. Ball State will host the Toledo Rockets.