Here are three takeaways from head coach Mike Neu's weekly press conference Nov. 3.
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With a backup quarterback running up against a top 25 opponent – what exactly does Ball State’s 52-20 loss to Western Michigan mean?After all, the Cardinals offense was able to move the ball – albeit it struggled to punch the ball into the end zone – several young players flashed their potential and the team still has a path to bowl eligibility.“There’s a lot of things that were good on tape, and I know we’ll be excited about some things that we put on tape about tonight’s game,” head coach Mike Neu said.
That “it” factor was Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. The senior dominated against Ball State (4-5, 1-4 MAC) once again, hauling in 12 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 road victory for the No. 17 Broncos (9-0, 5-0 MAC).
Ball State played against No. 17 Western Michigan on Nov. 1 in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals lost 52-20.
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (4-4) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan (8-0) Nov. 1.
Ball State football playing on ESPN2 the day after Halloween means one thing: college students in full costume, hoping to get on national television for five seconds of post-commercial glory.Ahead of the game against No. 17 Western Michigan, here are some suggestions to deal with the costume policy released by Ball State Athletics for the game.
Both of those droughts will end Nov. 1, as No. 17 Western Michigan (8-0, 4-0 MAC) comes to town for a Mid-American Conference showdown with Ball State (4-4, 1-3 MAC). The Broncos are the last undefeated team that does not reside in one of the Power 5 conferences.
After a few extra days off, Ball State (4-4) plays host to No. 17 Western Michigan (8-0) at 8 p.m. on Nov. 1. The Broncos raced out to a 30-0 lead in last year's meeting and walked off their home field with a 54-7 blowout victory.
With a couple extra days before the Cardinals take on Western Michigan, several of the coaches hit the road early this week for recruiting. Since the team doesn't have a true bye week, head coach Mike Neu said this is the biggest week they've had to connect with recruits.
A total of 15 Ball State student-athletes entered the concussion protocol during the 2015-16 athletic season, a lower number than the three years preceding it. Football, which is the sport most commonly identified with concussions, accounted the largest portion of that total with seven.
Ball State has a few extra days to prepare before the No. 20 Broncos come to town Nov. 1. The game will be shown on ESPN2 from Scheumann Stadium at 8 p.m.
Ball State's offense built a big lead against Akron Oct. 22, but couldn't sustain a drive in the second half as the Zips came back to win 35-25. After Neal threw for just 187 yards and an interception in the loss, head coach Mike Neu was asked about the notion that he has regressed this season.
At halftime of the Homecoming game, Ball State led 17-7 over Akron. The Cardinals had more yards, more possession and a habit of coming out strong in the second half.But the Zips came back to win 35-25.“We’re all disappointed, me included,” head coach Mike Neu said.
But some missed chances caught up to Ball State (4-4, 1-3 MAC) in the final two quarters, as the Zips (4-4, 3-1) scored 21 unanswered on their way to a 35-25 road win Oct. 22.
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (4-3) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Akron (4-3) on Oct. 22.
Jake Fox, the Daily News football reporter, is covering the game and offered up some key insights on the key positional matchups.
On a gray, unseasonably warm Tuesday afternoon in October, the only glob of color at Muncie Central’s football practice is the red facade of Muncie Liquors across the river.The Bearcats are running through seven-on-seven drills when senior defensive back Gino Taylor is blocked by a receiver, the ball carrier bursting past him. Head coach Adam Morris’s sharp whistle pierced the air, but where other coaches might yell and shriek, his voice was calm — yet still firm.
Scheumann Stadium holds 22,500 people. The team it houses is 4-3 this year, already more wins than last year, and looks like it will become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013. And the stadium is rarely even half full.
There have been a number of close Homecoming football games in Ball State's past, but the 1993 game set a number of records that still stand to this day.To say the Cardinals fell in an early hole is an understatement. Toledo scored on five of its first eight possessions and jumped out to a 30-3 lead at Scheumann Stadium. But behind a quarterback by the name of Mike Neu, Ball State stormed back with 28 straight points and scored a touchdown as time expired for a 31-30 victory — still the largest comeback in Ball State history.
Media reports from Mid-American Conference schools Eastern Michigan University and Kent State University show that universities are experimenting with a new marketing strategy: selling beer at stadiums.Will Ball State see beer at Scheumann Stadium anytime soon? Shawn Sullivan, Ball State’s assistant athletic director for marketing and fan engagement, says there have been discussions but nothing anywhere close to final decisions.“I think it’s always a discussion point, and we’ve certainly had internal discussions about it,” Sullivan said. “But there are several discussion points that may increase revenue and attendance and that’s just one of many options that we talk about.”While there are no plans to sell alcohol in the immediate future, one thing is clear — attendance at Cardinals football games was one of the lowest in the country in 2015.