The record may say 1-3, but Ball State Football is approaching the first week of Mid-American Conference play like it’s a new season.
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The temperature may have cooled down Saturday, but redshirt junior Riley Neal did not as he was the offensive driving force for Ball State against Western Kentucky.
After leading for the majority of the first half and late in the fourth quarter, Ball State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) fell to visiting Western Kentucky (1-3, 0-0 Conference USA), 28-20.
Delta (5-1, 4-0 Hoosier Heritage) came out strong and never let off the gas, defeating New Castle (4-2, 2-2 Hoosier Heritage) 49-14 at New Castle in Da sCoop's High School Game of the Week on Sept. 21.
Ball State football is on a two-game losing streak after dropping last Saturday’s game to Indiana University, 38-10. After playing No.8 Notre Dame to a close 24-16 finish, the IU game was a disappointment to some fans and players alike. The team seems to recognize that there’s plenty of football left to be played, with the non-conference schedule coming to a close with this weekend’s game against 0-3 Western Kentucky.
Is Ball State Football the real deal?
It wasn’t until the 2:08 mark in the third quarter that Ball State (1-2, 0-0 MAC) was able to find the end zone Saturday.
From North to South, Ball State Football (1-2, 0-0 MAC) has been all over the state in this early season. This weekend, the Cardinals were in Bloomington to take on Indiana (3-0, 0-0 Big 10) in their ninth all time matchup. After a stalemate first quarter, the Hoosiers would come out running to take the game 38-10.
Having proved it has what it takes to play with the big boys after a 24-16 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame, Ball State Football (1-1, 0-0 MAC) will head to Bloomington with all the confidence in the world.
Ball State Football faced a heavy task today in taking on No. 8 Notre Dame. Not only was this the first time both teams have met, but this is the first time in three season that the Cardinals have faced a ranked opponent. While the score may have not favored the Cardinals, the team was able to limit one of the top offenses in college football for the majority of the game.
The Ball State and Notre Dame marching bands join in a performance during halftime at the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish won the teams' first meeting in history, 24-16. Zach Piatt,DN
Ball State Football (1-1, 0-0 MAC) fell to No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) 24-16 in its first meeting with the Irish in school history.
Delta (3-1, 2-0 Hoosier Heritage) claimed victory in the "Battle for Midtown" over conference and county rival Yorktown (2-2, 0-2 Hoosier Heritage) 48-13 at Yorktown in Da sCoop's High School Game of the Week on Sept. 7.
It has been booming through the speakers at Scheumann Stadium all week at practice. It can be heard down the halls and throughout the building from the weight room. The melody is engraved in the minds of Ball State Football players leading up to their Saturday showdown with Notre Dame. It’s “Victory March,” the fight song of the Fighting Irish.
In the sea known as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), 130 schools are battling for the top spot in their respected conference. However, 12 schools are looking to fly the crescent of the Jolly Roger among their rivals in mark of a dominant performance on the field.
Ball State Football (1-0, 0-0 MAC) opened up its season with a dominant win over Central Connecticut State (0-1, 0-0 NEC), 42-6. While the Cardinals held it down on both sides of the ball, it was their rushing game that proved to be the biggest difference of the game.
Ball State Football (1-0, 0-0 MAC) won its ninth straight home opener Thursday, taking down the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (0-1, 0-0 NEC) in record-breaking fashion.
Danny Pinter gained 27 pounds in 23 days last winter, not because he was making a sequel to “Super Size Me,” but because it was confirmed he would be changing his position from tight end to offensive line.
It’s game week.
On a day when all other Ball State outdoor athletics were called off, a light, steady rain couldn’t keep Ball State football off the field for its annual offense versus defense spring scrimmage Saturday.