Ball State Football (2-4, 1-1 MAC) hasn’t left the state of Indiana through the first six weeks of the 2018 season. That changes Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Central Michigan (1-5, 0-2 MAC).
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Ball State students had an extended weekend for fall break, but Cardinal athletics were in full effect. In case you missed any sporting events, here’s a weekend recap.
For the second time in the last three weeks, the game fell in the hands of a desperation pass from redshirt junior quarterback Riley Neal as time expired. Much like the final play against Western Kentucky, the ball was deflected in the end zone, and Northern Illinois (3-3, 3-0 MAC) brought the Bronze Stalk Trophy home to DeKalb, Illinois, a 10th consecutive year after taking down Ball State (2-4, 1-1 MAC), 24-16.
Ball State Football (2-4, 1-1 MAC) battled hard but it wasn’t enough as Northern Illinois (3-3, 2-0 MAC) comes out on top, 24-16.
Delta (6-2, 5-1 Hoosier Heritage) scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to take down Greenfield-Central (0-8, 0-6 Hoosier Heritage) 45-14 at Delta in Da sCoop's High School Game of the Week on Oct. 5.
The Bronze Stalk Trophy hasn’t resided in Muncie since 2008. When Northern Illinois (2-3, 2-0 MAC) visits Scheumann Stadium Saturday to play Ball State (2-3, 1-0 MAC), the Cardinals will be looking to bring it home.
Markice Hurt Jr. knows you’ve probably never heard of him.
Ball State Football head coach Mike Neu preached all week long that conference play is a new season. After going 1-3 during the non-conference portion of the schedule, Neu said it’s time to forget about the past and focus on getting to 1-0 at the end of each week.
Mid-American Conference play is underway. Ball State (2-3, 1-0 MAC) took down Kent State (1-4, 0-1 MAC) 52-24 behind the Cardinals’ hot start on offense.
Junior redshirt receiver Riley Miller and junior redshirt quarterback Riley Neal have been sharing the field since high school. That long time familiarity was on full display as Riley would connect to Riley 11 times on the day in a 52-24 win over Kent State.
Ball State Football came out of its first non-conference game with confidence through the roof. The Cardinals had floored Central Connecticut State, set a handful of school records and were ready to face a highly ranked Notre Dame squad in South Bend.
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.
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.