Eastern Michigan football team wins in overtime, snaps 18-game losing streak
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Alex Gillett found Ben Thayer with a 12-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Eastern Michigan ended an 18-game losing streak with a 41-38 victory over Ball State on Saturday.
It's the first victory for Eastern Michigan coach Ron English, who took over the program in 2009.
Gillett ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 225 yards and three scores as the Eagles (1-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) won their first game since Nov. 28, 2008.
Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes and Eric Williams scored on a 92-yard kickoff return for the Cardinals (2-5, 1-2).
Ball State took a 38-35 lead on Ian McGarvey's field goal on the first possession of OT before Thayer scored his second touchdown of the game.
Eastern Michigan trailed 28-7 late in the second quarter but rallied with 28 unanswered points.
Ball State then tied it at 35-35 when Wenning hit Briggs Orsbon with a 9-yard TD pass with 34 seconds left in regulation.