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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.
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?
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.
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.
Ball State is on a “revenge tour.”
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.
Junior running back Caleb Huntley’s last two games have been ones to remember, rushing for more than 150 yards in each, and he has his offensive line of what he describes as the “Berlin Wall” to thank for it.
All Ball State (3-3, 2-0 MAC) had to do was keep Eastern Michigan (3-3, 0-2 MAC) from gaining 80 yards in a minute and 19 seconds, and the Cardinals would secure the win and their first 2-0 start in Mid-American Conference play since 2013. With no timeouts remaining, the Eagles went to work.
You could go with one of the obvious choices.
Ball State’s (2-3, 1-0 MAC) goal coming into the week was to get to 1-0 by the end of Saturday. The Cardinals did just that as they defeated Northern Illinois (1-4, 0-1 MAC) in comeback fashion, 27-20. Here’s a look at some key aspects from the game.
Five weeks into the 2019 football season, and Ball State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) is back to square one. The schedule shows nothing but Mid-American Conference opponents, and the record is 0-0.
After 18 months, the consensus is he’s the hardest worker in the Ball State Football program. But he doesn’t touch the field on game day. In fact, he doesn’t have much of a role during practices either. He’s a behind-the-scenes guy, and he likes it that way.