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Ball State beats San Jose State, 34-13, in Offerpad Arizona Bowl

Posted at 4:42 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 18:42:30-05

TUCSON, Arizona — Antonio Phillips returned an early interception 53 yards for a touchdown, Drew Plitt accounted for two scores and Ball State beat short-handed No. 19 San Jose State 34-13 in the Arizona Bowl.

San Jose State had to play without its two coordinators and Mountain West Conference player of the year Cade Hall due to COVID-19 and other issues.

The Cardinals took advantage, quick-hitting their way down the field on offense after Phillips' interception for a 27-0 lead in the first quarter. The Mid-American champions bogged down in the second half but had four interceptions to win their first bowl game in 10 tries.