Gillett ran for 189 yards and two TDs and threw for 225 yards and three scores as the Eagles (1-6, 1/3 Mid-American Conference) won their first game since Nov. 28, 2008.
Ball State took a 38-35 lead on Ian McGarvey's field goal on the first possession of OT before Thayer scored his second TD of the game.
Eastern Michigan trailed 28-7 late in the second quarter but rallied with 28 unanswered points.
Ball State then tied it at 35-all when Wenning hit Briggs Orsbon with a 9-yard TD pass with 34 seconds left in regulation.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.