If there was one problematic area for Ball State on a week-by-week basis, it is the inconsistency of the secondary in pass coverage.
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Ball State football will officially not have senior defensive tackle Darnell Smith back in the lineup for the rest of the season. It has been announced that the senior defensive tackle will be redshirted this season.
In Oct. 26's Nation Football League action the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the New Orleans Saints in a matchup that had two former Cardinals on the same field for the first time since playing at Ball State.
The Achilles' heel for Ball State thus far has been the inconsistency of the defense. This season, the Cardinals are allowing 484 yards per game to opposing offenses, which ranks 11th in the Mid-American Conference.
Today’s weather provided a significant advantage for whichever team was playing with Scheumann Stadium’s westbound wind at their backs in the Cardinals’ 23-21 loss to Central Michigan. Head coach Pete Lembo said it's something his team practices with.
On a day where Ball State had a chance to beat Central Michigan for the sixth consecutive season, ineffectiveness from the offense led to them snapping that.The Cardinals' offense, which has been effective over the last few weeks, struggled today.
First QuarterThe Central Michigan Chippewas started with the ball and drove down the field with ease against the struggling Ball State defense in less than three minutes.Central Michigan's quarterback, Cooper Rush capped off the six-play, 75-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Corey Willis.Ball State took over at the 23-yard line, but could not do anything with it.
Sitting at 2-5, with their backs against the wall the rest of the season, Ball State (2-5, 1-2) will be playing Central Michigan (3-4, 2-1) on Oct. 24.
In the midst of Ball State football's second-longest losing streak this decade, head coach Pete Lembo is looking for answers.
The Ball State football team ranks in the nation's top 10 in two statistical categories. But head coach Pete Lembo isn't happy about it.The Cardinals rank tied for sixth in the nation with 12 field goals made, and are tied for seventh with 16 field goal attempts. Despite freshman Hagee's efficiency this season - especially from 30 yards and in - part of Ball State's problem is the inability to move the ball in the red zone.
Late in the fourth quarter, Ball State's defense was attempting to get Georgia State off the field, then the proverbial backbreaker happened.
Focus, or lack thereof, continues to be an issue for Ball State football this season. After a loss to the Georgia State Panthers, the team's losing streak has grown to four games.
During Ball State's 31-19 loss to Georgia State, mistakes stood out for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals suffered their fifth loss of the season, losing 19-31 to the visiting Georgia State Panthers.
First QuarterThe Georgia State Panthers start off with the ball, but led by Kevin Willis, they force a three-and-out on the first drive.Ball State gets the ball at their own 21-yard line, and Riley Neal starts off the drive in rhythm.
The Ball State football team is six weeks into the season, and this weekend they will face off against a Georgia State football team that is six years into their programs history.
The Cardinals have been battling the injury bug since the beginning of the season; through the midway point, it remains a constant issue.
Ball State wide receiver Jordan Williams' strong start to the season has catapulted his name into the national conversation.
After a 59-41 loss against Northern Illinois Oct. 10, Ball State dropped to 2-4 (1-2) on the season. Even though the offense has played well with Riley Neal as quarterback, the Cardinals' defense has remained inconsistent, to say the least.
Balance is what head coach Pete Lembo looks for in Ball State’s football team — a balanced plan of attack between the rushing and passing games.