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Ball State bowl eligible after 20-3 victory over Buffalo

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Drew Plitt threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score — in the first quarter — and Ball State became bowl eligible with a 20-3 victory over Buffalo.

It’s just the third time in program history that the Cardinals have qualified for a bowl game in back-to-back seasons.

Ball State set the tone early when Malcolm Lee picked off Matt Myers on the Bulls’ first series, giving the Cardinals the ball on Buffalo’s 42-yard line.

Eleven plays later Plitt scored on a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead. Buffalo’s next possession also ended in disaster when Hassan Littles blocked a punt by Jackson Baltar and Brandon Berger recovered, giving Ball State a first-and-goal at the 6.

Plitt connected with Jayshon Jackson for a 7-yard score on third down and the Cardinals never looked back.