CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State safety Bryce Cosby and quarterback Drew Plitt were named the Mid-American Conference West Division Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Cosby earned defensive player of the week honors, while Plitt picked up recognition on the offensive side of the ball while guiding the Cardinals to a 45-20 win at Western Michigan.
Cosby registered a game-high 10 tackles (all solo), 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. It was the Louisville, Ky. native’s eighth double-digit tackle output of his career and the second of 2021.
In five career games against Western Michigan, Cosby has recorded 53 tackles (35 solo), 5.0 TFL and four PBU. Cosby led the Cardinals’ defense that induced four Western Michigan turnovers. The Broncos had just two turnovers on the season heading into the game.
Plitt threw for a season-high 310 yards, completing 15 of his 25 passes, including a season-high four touchdowns. Saturday’s game marked Plitt’s six 300-yard passing game during MAC play in his career. His 310 yards are the fourth-most he’s thrown in a MAC game as Ball State’s signal caller.
The Loveland, Ohio native entered the game with four passing touchdowns on the year and doubled his season output at Western Michigan. In four career games vs. the Broncos, Plitt is 72-of-106 for 965 yards, in addition to 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions, both of which game in 2018 in his second career start under center.
Cosby and Plitt are the third and fourth players to garner recognition from the league office this season, joining fifth-year wide receiver Justin Hall (Oct. 4) and fifth-year punter Nathan Snyder (Sept. 20) who was named MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday at Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Ypsilanti, Mich.