By BARRY WILNER
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The college football season is over for fans of the cardinal and white, but they shouldn’t be hanging their heads. Ball State finished the 2019 season at 5-7 — the best record it has finished with in the Mike Neu era. With Athletic Director Beth Goetz announcing an extension in Neu’s future, it’s clear the improvements go beyond the win total.
The Pride of Mid-America performed “Thnks fr th Mmrs” at halftime Friday. It was the band’s final performance of the year. It was fitting, not only for the band members, but for Ball State Football’s seniors as well.
In the loss that made it officially ineligible for the postseason, Ball State (4-7, 3-4 MAC) struggled the entire game on defense, but particularly in the second half in the loss to Kent State (5-6, 4-3 MAC). The Cardinals had several opportunities to capitalize on offense but were unable to when it mattered most. Here are four takeaways from the Cardinals’ 41-38 loss to the Golden Flashes.
The game clock read six seconds. The score read 41-38 in favor of Kent State.
Central Michigan had a second-and-9 at Ball State’s 34-yard line midway through the third quarter. Junior safety Bryce Cosby got his hands on a pass from Quinten Dormady, but it fell incomplete.
What’s the meaning behind the different colored hats?
Ball State cruised into halftime with a 17-point lead behind an offense that scored points on four straight drives. However, Central Michigan put up 34 points in the second half on five rushing touchdowns, stunning the Cardinals, 45-44.
The Cardinals had it.
With Ball State just two wins away from bowl eligibility and temperatures in Muncie nearing single digits this week at practice, redshirt junior quarterback Drew Plitt has the Bahamas on his mind.
Ball State (4-5, 3-2 MAC), could not stop the offense of Western Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) when it counted. The Cardinals were unable to complete a second half comeback and ultimately fell to the Broncos, 35-31. Here are a few takeaways.
If you showed up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to watch the two highest-scoring offenses in the Mid-American Conference go at it, you got your money’s worth. The game was reminiscent of the same matchup between Ball State and Western Michigan a year ago in Muncie where the teams were tied at 35 after regulation. The Cardinals walked away with a 42-41 victory in overtime.
In Ball State’s season opener against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium, sophomore A.J. Uzodinma and junior Antonio Phillips came away with the team’s first two interceptions of the year.
Temperatures were in the 50s, the wind was blowing and it rained all game long. But if you ask Ball State head coach Mike Neu, none of that determined the outcome of the Cardinals’ (4-4, 3-1 MAC) 34-21 loss to Ohio (4-4, 3-1 MAC) Saturday.
It was Nov. 13, 2018 — senior night.
Wendell Brown isn’t quite ready to talk about it yet.
Thanks to 580 yards of offense and seven touchdowns, Ball State (4-3, 3-0 MAC) broke its drought of five consecutive losses in Homecoming games in front of 15,113 strong Saturday in a 52-14 win over Toledo (4-3, 1-2 MAC).
Ball State is on a “revenge tour.”
Several fans bundled up Friday to watch Blackford (5-4) take on Mississinewa (8-1). The Indians got the best of the Bruins, 38-13, but the Bruins held their heads high.
There was a time when you could expect fireworks to go off at Delta High School when Charlie Spegal stepped on the field. He totaled more than 4,300 yards and 50 touchdowns in an Eagle uniform.