Western Michigan's running back Jarvion Franklin gains some yardage during the game against Ball State on Nov. 1 in Scheumann Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 52-20. Grace Ramey // DN

Western Michigan's appearance in Cotton Bowl will benefit Ball State

Ball State benefits because teams that make it to any bowl game earn a payout that is put into a pool that its respective conference can disperse among full members. Just by playing No. 8 Wisconsin on Jan. 2, Western Michigan will earn $4 million for the MAC, according to the College Football Playoff revenue distribution projections.

Wide receiver KeVonn Mabon hurdles a defender during the Cardinals’ game against Akron on Oct. 22 in Scheumann Stadium. Ball State lost 25 to 35. Paige Grider// DN

Weekend in Review: Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving brought a much-needed break for most Ball State students, but several Cardinals teams were still playing over break. When many students were driving home Tuesday night, Ball State football was taking on Miami (Ohio), men's basketball was in Las Vegas and women's basketball was in Savannah, Georgia. A pair of former Ball State football players also had a memorable week, including a championship in Canada.

Wide receiver, KeVonn Mabon steps into the end zone in the beginning of the first quarter against the Miami Redhawks at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio on Tuesday, November 22. (DN, Grace Hollars)

KeVonn Mabon breaks Ball State all-time receptions record

Senior wide receiver KeVonn Mabon is now the leading pass catcher in Ball State football history. With a 7-yard catch in the second quarter of Tuesday's season finale against Miami, Mabon moved into first place on Ball State's all-time receptions list with his 239th career grab.

This Week's Digital Issue