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.
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Mabon finished last week's 21-20, season-ending loss at Miami with 244 career catches, breaking the mark Dante Ridgeway set in 2004 for the most receptions in Ball State program history.
Miami (6-6, 6-2 MAC) picked up two first downs on the ground and clinched bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010 with its 21-20 victory over Ball State Nov. 22 at Yager Stadium.
Sophomore James Gilbert already had 13 rushing yards when he took the handoff with 3:13 left in the first quarter.The 5-foot-8-inch running back bursted through the line and veered left, leaving the Miami defense in the dust.
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.
Quarter updates from Yager Stadium as Ball State (4-7, 1-6 MAC) takes on Mid-American Conference East Division rival Miami (5-6, 5-2 MAC) in the final game of the season
Jake Fox, the Daily News football reporter, is traveling to the Nov. 22 game and offered up some insight on the key positional matchups:
The Cardinals (4-7, 1-6 MAC) travel to Yager Stadium to take on the Miami RedHawks Nov. 22 in the final game of the regular season.
The schools will start playing every season starting next year, even though they reside in different divisions in the Mid-American Conference.
Ball State's loss to Toledo Nov. 16 went beyond the 37-19 final score, as it effectively ended any chance it had at bowl consideration.
Eyes strained to see across the field, the ball almost disappearing at times when a pass or punt lifted it into the fog.
Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) combined its fast start with a dominating second-half effort to hand Ball State (4-7, 1-6 MAC) a 37-19 loss at the Glass Bowl Wednesday night.
Quarter updates from the Glass Bowl as Ball State (4-6, 1-5 MAC) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Toledo (8-2, 5-1 MAC) Nov. 16.
Jake Fox, the Daily News football reporter, is traveling to the game and offered up some insight on the key positional matchups
The Cardinals (4-6, 1-5 MAC) will play the first of these games when they travel to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets (8-2, 5-1 MAC) on Tuesday night.
Losers of three straight games, the Cardinals (4-6, 1-5 MAC) now have to win their final two games of the season if they want to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.
Ball State (4-6, 1-5 MAC) raced out to a three-touchdown lead at home over Eastern Michigan (6-4, 3-3 MAC) Tuesday night, but the Eagles stole a 48-41 victory in wild fashion and earned bowl eligibility for the first time since 1995.
With 41 points on the board and 542 offensive yards, Ball State’s offense still could’ve had a better day.Senior receiver KeVonn Mabon even finished his last home game with 12 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) – but five turnovers and an inability to convert on third down cost the Cardinals in their 48-41 loss to Eastern Michigan.“We’re not losing to these teams, we’re really just beating ourselves,” Mabon said. “All of our losses, we beat ourselves.”
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (4-5) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan (5-4) Nov. 8.
Ball State (4-5, 1-4 MAC) will have a chance to send its 23 seniors out the right way this time around, when it welcomes Eastern Michigan (5-4, 2-3 MAC) to Scheumann Stadium on Nov. 8.