Redshirt junior running back James Gilbert runs around Kent State players to score a touchdown Sept. 28, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. Gilbert scored two touchdowns during the game. Rebecca Slezak,DN

Ball State aims to bring home Bronze Stalk

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. 

Sophomore running back Markice Hurt Jr. runs the ball during the first quarter of the Homecoming game against Central Michigan Oct. 21, 2017, in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals lost 56-9. Kaiti Sullivan, DN

Ball State has 4 potential starters at running back

Markice Hurt Jr. knows you’ve probably never heard of him. He knows his No. 24 probably isn’t the jersey you went to the game to see. He knows in the slight chance he gets on the field, you’ll probably say, “Who’s that guy?” Ask his teammates and coaches, though, and odds are you’ll be chanting his name before his time is up as a Cardinal.

Redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Brandon Martin cheers after the Cardinals score a touchdown against Kent State Saturday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 52-24. Rebecca Slezak,DN

5 takeaways from Ball State’s MAC opener

The week has come to an end, and the Cardinals are 1-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Ball State took down Kent State 52-24 Saturday. There were plenty of takeaways from the game. Here’s a few that stood out. 

Ball State junior running back Malik Dunner runs into the end zone with 6:43 remaining in the first quarter of the Cardinals' game against Western Kentucky Sept. 22, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. Dunner had 12 rushing yards on the day. Paige Grider, DN

Beginning a new season

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.

Redshirt sophomore quarter back Jack Milas runs the ball at the game on Sept. 23 against Western Kentucky. The Cardinals lost 21-33. Rebecca Slezak, DN

Football returns home with chip on shoulder

The Cardinals (1-2, 0-0 MAC) have come out on every side of the spectrum already in the first three weeks of the season. They blew out Central Connecticut State in their home opener, went toe-to-toe with No. 8 Notre Dame and took a lopsided loss at Indiana.

The Cardinals met the Hoosiers in Bloomington for the non-conference game Saturday, Sept. 15. The Cardinals went into the game positive, but came out defeated with a final score of 38-10. Ball State will welcome Western Kentucky to Scheumann Stadium on the 22nd.

Defense struggles to stop hot Hoosier offense in 38-10 loss

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.

Ball State and Notre Dame's football teams met for the first time in history on Sept. 8, 2018, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Cardinals held their own, but lost 16-24.

Cardinals new defensive unit continues to prove successful

Ball State Football faced a heavy task today in taking on No. 8 Notre Dame. Not only was this the first time both teams have met, but this is the first time in three season that the Cardinals have faced a ranked opponent. While the score may have not favored the Cardinals, the team was able to limit one of the top offenses in college football for the majority of the game.

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