Next on the schedule is a road trip to Central Michigan, who comes in at 3-2 (0-1 MAC). The Chippewas lost to Western Michigan last week, but are one of the most talented teams in the league.
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The Cardinals need three wins in the final seven games to attain bowl eligibility for the first time in the last three seasons.
The Ball State Cardinals had never lost a game in which running back James Gilbert had scored at least two touchdowns.
Golladay hauled in 13 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns — including the game-winning score with 11:14 left — as Northern Illinois held on for a 31-24 road win on Saturday.
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (3-1) takes on Mid-American Conference rival Northern Illinois (0-4) Oct. 1.
The Huskies have beaten the Cardinals seven straight times dating back to 2009 and lead the all-time series 21-20-2.
The Cardinals are coming off a 31-27 comeback over Florida Atlantic last week, while the Huskies late rally fell short in a 28-23 home loss to Western Illinois. Northern Illinois leads the all-time series 21-20-2, and has defeated Ball State seven straight times dating back to 2009.
After Ball State's 31-27 win over Florida Atlantic, the duo that connected for the Cardinals' first touchdown of the game was honored Sept. 28.
If all went according to plan for Ball State head coach Mike Neu, Schmidt would never have to leave the sideline for the Cardinals.
This year, the former NFL lineman has been in charge of rebuilding the offensive line at Ball State that was surrounded by a lot of questions after losing three senior starters from last year.
After Ball State's 31-27 comeback victory at Florida Atlantic Sept. 24, the Cardinals ended nonconference play with three wins — matching their total from all of last season.
This weekend, Ball State football won on the road, women's volleyball and soccer each won two games at home, cross country won its lone home meet of the season and field hockey dropped two games on the road.FootballWith the first part of their season over, there have been a lot more positives than negatives for the Cardinals.Ball State won 31-27 at Florida Atlantic Sept.
With the first part of their season over, there have been a lot more positives than negatives for the Cardinals.Ball State won 31-27 at Florida Atlantic Sept. 24 to finish the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 3-1 record. Three wins already matches last season's total with still two-thirds of the regular season left to play.
Tick. Tick. Tick.If you looked up at the video board at FAU Stadium Saturday, there was a good chance it was counting down from 30:00 after another round of lightning streaked across the sky.It was all but impossible to seize and hold momentum.
Quarter-by-quarter updates of Ball State vs. Florida Atlantic on Sept. 24 at FAU Stadium
This weekend, football hits the road for its final non-conference game, while soccer, volleyball and field hockey each begin Mid-American Conference play.
Ball State played its best complete game of the season last Saturday, a 41-14 dominant home win over Eastern Kentucky.
Jake Fox, the Daily News football writer, is traveling to the game and offered up some insight on the key positional matchups.
When Sean Wiggins got to Ball State four years ago, he didn't know Zack Ryan. But it didn't take him long to figure out that he wanted to be just like Ryan.It's easy to see why. Ryan, now a fifth-year senior for the Cardinals, has started every year of his career in the middle linebacker position. He leads the team in tackles this year with 26 tackles through three games, along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
Quarterback Riley Neal, the leader of the Cardinals' offense, said the key to their success is spreading the ball around to all the playmakers at his disposal.