Saturday’s game was Ball State’s first true road test while facing a large crowd and an aggressive defense. Although Ball State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) ended up losing 34-23 to NC State (3-1, 0-0 ACC), there were positives to take away from the Cardinals’ performance.
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In a game where Ball State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) had more total yardage and first downs than NC State (3-1, 0-0 ACC), it was the Wolfpack that took a 34-23 victory in front of a sold-out crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Despite being helped by several penalties and turnovers throughout the game, Muncie Central (0-5) couldn’t stop big plays in the second half as Arsenal Tech (4-1) rolled to a 48-14 victory Friday on the Bearcats’ Homecoming night.
As Blackford (3-2) football players circled up in the corner of the end zone after a 40-35 loss to Alexandria-Monroe (4-1) Friday, eyes were aimed at the ground. By the time head coach Randy Sehy was done addressing the team, everyone had their head down. Before he broke the huddle, Sehy had one last thing to say: “Heads up.”
Forty-six football fields. Then another five steps, depending on how long your legs are. That’s what Ball State Football received from Edinboro, Pennsylvania, this fall.
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.
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.”