Ball State is undefeated no more.Buffalo, which entered the game a heavy underdog at 7-5, was propelled by two long fumble returns for touchdowns to a 42-24 upset in the MAC championship game, and the Cardinals fell to 12-1.”It’s going to hurt for a little bit, but our kids will bounce back and be resilient and get ready for what’s next,” Ball State coach Brady Hoke said.Ball State had a 17-14 lead in the third quarter and appeared to be controlling the game, but when quarterback Nate Davis tried to dive into the end zone to give the Cardinals a 24-14 lead, he instead fumbled, and Buffalo’s Mike Newton picked it up and ran it 92 yards for a touchdown that gave Buffalo a 21-17 advantage. Buffalo then added a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown later in the third quarter.Buffalo coach Turner Gill deserves a great deal of credit for guiding the Bulls to an 8-5 season. Before Gill came along in 2006, Buffalo had won 10 games in seven seasons of Division I-A football. Now the Bulls are conference champions.Buffalo will play in the International Bowl in Toronto. Ball State will most likely play in the Motor City Bowl.
BUFFALO BEATS BALL STATE
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 6, 2008, 12:12 AM EDT