Neal throws 3 TDs, leads Ball State past Tenn. Tech 28-13

Tennessee Tech defense shifts momentum (0:38)

LB Elliot Normand intercepts a pass from Riley Neal to get the ball back for the Chippewas. (0:38)

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Riley Neal threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Ball State to a 28-13 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

James Gilbert rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries and Justin Hall pulled in seven passes for 82 yards and a score for the Cardinals (2-1).

Neal threw for 180 yards on 17-of-23 passing and 3 TDs in first half. His final pass of the half was a 17-yard scoring strike to Gilbert with nine seconds left. Gilbert rushed eight times for 75 yards in first half.

Ball State was nursing a 21-13 lead with 2:21 left in the third quarter when Malik Dunner broke down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 28-13 lead.

Ball State has won two straight after opening the season with a 24-21 loss to Illinois.

Andre Sale threw for 239 yards to lead Tech (0-3).


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2018 Ohio Valley Conference Standings

Tennessee State1-02-0
Jacksonville State1-02-1
Eastern Kentucky1-02-2
UT Martin1-01-3
Murray State0-00-3
Austin Peay0-12-2
Southeast Missouri State0-12-2
Eastern Illinois0-10-4
Tennessee Tech0-10-4