When Jordan Williams woke up Saturday, he didn’t expect to have a game he’d never forget. He was just excited to play football.
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Ball State was down 17 with less than five minutes to play. It had to go for it on fourth-and-6. The Cardinals (1-2, 0-0 MAC) didn’t make it and turned the ball over to Florida Atlantic (1-2, 0-0 CUSA). It was the Cardinals’ fifth turnover of the day. Three drives and four minutes later, the Owls locked up a 41-31 victory.
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Saturday was a day to remember for redshirt junior quarterback Drew Plitt. Not only did he register a career-high 439 passing yards, but he tied Ball State’s single-game record with six touchdown passes.
After a three-and-out and an interception in Ball State’s first two possessions, it didn’t look like the Cardinals were going to have a repeat of last year’s 42-6 opener at Scheumann Stadium. Already trailing 7-0, momentum did not look to be on Ball State’s side.
By the time Aug. 31, 2019, came around, it had been 365 days since sophomore receiver Yo’Heinz Tyler’s last touchdown — a whole year without reaching the end zone. It had been too long.
Heads hung low as members of Ball State Football walked off the field after a 34-24 loss to Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. There was a sense of disappointment after the loss, but not everything felt by the team was negative.
The word of the day was momentum, and at the end of it, Ball State (0-1, 0-0 MAC) needed just a little bit more Saturday as it fell to Indiana (1-0, 0-0 Big 10) 34-24 in the Ruoff Mortgage Kickoff Classic in Lucas Oil Stadium.
"I think about it all the time."
Crimson. Cardinal. Cream. White.
Classes are back in session, training camp is finished and the 2019 Ball State Football season is just over a week away. As opening day approaches, here are a few things to keep in mind about this year’s Cardinals.
Editor's Note: This story is part of The Partnership Project, a series of content written in an effort by The Daily News to follow the formal collaboration of Ball State University and Muncie Community Schools. Read more in this series here.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel adjusted the targeting rule in college football, allowing video review officials to overturn calls if any element of the penalty cannot be confirmed.
Philippians 4:13. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
One of the Colts’ draft picks will be announced April 27 downtown Muncie as part of the National Football League’s (NFL) centennial celebration. The Draft will visit the towns of the original NFL teams, with Muncie being one of them.
It was confirmed Nov. 26 that Riley Neal, Ball State’s former starting quarterback, would be transferring for his final year of athletic eligibility. Saturday, Neal graduated from Ball State. Monday, he committed to play at Vanderbilt for the 2019 season.
The Ball State Cardinals traded blows with the Western Michigan Broncos all night long and eventually forced overtime.
Ball State Football went 4-8 in 2018, marking the fifth straight season the Cardinals have finished the season with a losing record. The team had its highs from competing with Notre Dame to winning in overtime on senior night. It also had its lows from injuries to dropping five games by at least 21 points. Here are the most notable moments and facets from the Cardinals’ season.
Redshirt juniors Riley Neal and James Gilbert will be transferring from Ball State for the 2019-2020 season.