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Yes it's a loss, but this is the last bowl that BSU was in ('96 Las Vegas Bowl).

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;"> 1 2 3 4 F
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Nevada 9 3 0 6 18
Ball State 0 7 0 8 15 </pre><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Nevada-D Wilkins 16 pass from Dutton (kick failed), NEV 6-0
Nevada-FG Shea 22, NEV 9-0
Ball St-L Moore 62 run (Lockliear kick), NEV 9-7
Nevada-FG Shea 33, NEV 12-7
Nevada-D Wilkins 11 pass from Bennett (2 pt conv. failed), NEV 18-7
Ball St-Reese 27 pass from Baldwin (Abernatty reception for 2 pt conv.), NEV 18-15

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;"> Nevada Ball St
First downs 24 12
Rushed-yards 31-84 36-112
Passing yards 376 106
Sacked-yards lost 2-18 7-35
Return yards 40 7
Passes 26-48-2 11-31-1
Punts 6-39.0 12-41.1
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 6-51 7-49
Time of possession 30:44 29:16 </pre><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Nevada-Lemon 24-96, Mclean 1-4, Gresham 3-minus 1,
Bennett 1-minus 1, Dutton 2-minus 14. Ball St-L Moore 8-74,
Blair 14-44, Baldwin 14-minus 6.

PASSING: Nevada-Dutton 18-33-2-224, Bennett 8-15-0-152. Ball
St-Baldwin 11-31-1-106.

RECEIVING: Nevada-D Wilkins 10-106, Noisy 7-160, Insley 7-98,
Simms 1-8, Gresham 1-4. Ball St-M Davis 6-29, Blair 2-33,
Abernatty 2-17, Reese 1-27.

RECAP.....

Damond Wilkins caught touchdown passes from two different
quarterbacks and Damon Shea kicked a pair of field goals as
Nevada won its first-ever Las Vegas Bowl by holding off Ball
State, 18-15, to open college football's post-season.

Ball State (8-4) pulled within three on a 27-yard touchdown pass
from Brent Baldwin to Adrian Reese and a two-point conversion
pass to Ed Abernatty with 2:26 to play.

Cardinals cornerback Raphaol Ball recovered an onsides kick at
his own 45. After offsetting penalties negated the first play
from scrimmage, Nevada's DeShone Myles batted down Baldwin's
first-down pass. Baldwin missed a wide-open Marcellus Davis on
second down before Wolf Pack linebacker Mike Crawford
intercepted Baldwin on third down to preserve the victory.

The first-ever game between the schools drew just 10,118 fans,
falling well short of capacity, which is 40,000. The Wolf Pack,
lost the first-ever overtime game to Toledo in last year's Las
Vegas Bowl and dropped the inaugural game in 1992 to Bowling
Green.

Nevada (9-3), the champion of the Big West Conference, took the
opening kickoff and marched 75 yards on eight plays, capped by a
16-yard pass from John Dutton to Wilkins. The Wolf Pack missed
the extra point and led 6-0 just 3:21 into the contest.

Shea booted a 22-yard field goal to extend the lead to 9-0 with
1:04 left in the first quarter, but Ball State, the Mid American
Conference champions, pulled within 9-7 on a 62-yard run by Karl
Moore 2:08 into the second quarter. Moore burst off tackle on
the right side and shed a couple of tacklers before racing down
the sideline.

Shea pushed the lead to 12-7 with a 33-yard field goal with 44
seconds left in the first half. After a scoreless third
quarter, Eric Bennett, who replaced Dutton after he threw two
interceptions, flipped a middle screen pass to Wilkins, who
rumbled in from 11 yards out to cap the Nevada scoring with
12:52 to play.

Wilkins finished with 10 receptions for 106 yards, while
Geoffrey Noisy and Trevor Insley combined for 14 catches for 258
yards. The Wolf Pack improved to 2-3 all-time in bowl games and
won a post-season contest for the first time since defeating
North Texas in the 1948 Salad Bowl.

Ball State fell to 0-2 in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cardinals,
who are 0-3 all-time in bowl games, also lost to Utah State in
1993, 42-33.
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I can think of lots of games with as much, if not more, significance than the 1996 Lost Wages Bowl loss.

October 20, 2001: Ball State 24, Toledo 20. The Cards beat previously-undefeated, nationally ranked, and eventual MAC champion Rockets.

November 8, 1997: Ball State 35, Toledo 3. BSU beats (again) a ranked MAC brother.

September 7, 1996: Minnesota 26, Ball State 23. If there's such a thing as a good loss, this might qualify. The Cards fall in the waning moments of the game (homer Big-10 officials).

September 2, 1994: West Virginia 16, Ball State 14. The Mountaineers kick a field goal with four second left to squeak by.

September 7, 1991: Ball State 33, Navy 10. Probably our only Division IA OOC victory with any meaning.

September 9, 1989: Ball State 31, Rutgers 31. OK. It was like kissing our sister. But at least we didn't get beat.

September 22, 1984: Washington State 16, Ball State 14. The first in a line of "close but no cigar" OOC contests.

September 18, 1976: Ball State 23, Miami (OH) 6. Second year in the MAC, we beat the defending champs on our way to our first conference crown.

September 27, 1975: Miami 35, Ball State 28. Conference newbies give the eventual nationally ranked MAC champs all they want in Oxford and legitimize the program.
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Did you have to list those 2 games against Toledo?

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Hey, that list doesn't even include the most exciting, and biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of BSU football:

October 9, 1993: Ball State 31, Toledo 30. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by bsudn79_80:
Hey, that list doesn't even include the most exciting, and biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of BSU football:

October 9, 1993: Ball State 31, Toledo 30. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I need a drink! <img border="0" alt="[Drinky]" title="" src="graemlins/drinky.gif" />
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That 1975 game vs. Miami! What a day. Went for a job interview that I really wanted, but told them it had to end in time for me to make the game in Oxford.

WOW! What a game. really behind at the half. Open with a halfbak option pass from Earl Taylor to the quarterback (was that Art Yaroch(sp)?) Closed the gap, scrared the heck out of Miami in the crummy little old h.s. stadium with all the bees.

The CARDS came of age that day.

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by rocketfootball:
Did you have to list those 2 games against Toledo?

<img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" /> </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">good memories, huh?? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />
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