OXFORD, Ohio - Zac Dysert crossed the 12,000-yard plateau for career passing and Dawan Scott registered his fourth career 100-yard receiving game, but Miami fell, 31-24 to Ball State Friday afternoon in the 2012 season finale.
Dysert, one of 25 seniors who played in their final collegiate games, finished his career as the 20th-ranked passer in NCAA history with 12,013 yards. He also holds the school-record for most career passing yards and total yards, as he moved by Ben Roethlisberger earlier this season. Dysert trails only Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour on the MAC's all-time passing list.
The RedHawks (4-8, 3-5) attempted a late comeback, as freshman running back Jamire Westbrook scored on a Dysert 10-yard shovel pass with 8:14 to go. Kaleb Patterson's 23-yard field goal made it 31-24, but the Cardinals (9-3, 6-2 MAC) recovered a fumbled punt by Andy Cruse with 24 seconds left to seal the win.
Dysert finished the game completing 26-of-40 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He found a wide-open Dawan Scott down the middle on a 31-yard strike late in the second to go into the break down 21-14.
Scott, who had nine catches for 120 yards, also scored Miami's other first-half touchdown on a 3-yard run off the right tackle out of the wildcat formation with 2:16 left in the first. Scott's 100-yard day was his second of the season.
Ball State leaned on running back Jahwan Edwards, who finished with three touchdowns on 18 carries for 100 yards. The sophomore scored two first-half touchdowns on runs of five and two yards, and put the visitor's up 28-14 with a 17-yard score in the third.
The Cardinals, who were playing without injured starting quarterback Keith Wenning, turned to backup Kelly Page. The senior replacement threw for 137 yards on 11-of-21 passing before sustaining an injury with 9:48 to go in the third. BSU fished the game with freshman walk-on Kyle Kamman under center. He only attempted one pass, which fell incomplete.
Ball State's Steven Schott kicked a 27-yard field goal at the 1:56 mark in the third to go up three scores.