The Cardinals (4-7, 1-6 MAC) travel to Yager Stadium to take on the Miami RedHawks Nov. 22 in the final game of the regular season.
The schools will start playing every season starting next year, even though they reside in different divisions in the Mid-American Conference.
Ball State's loss to Toledo Nov. 16 went beyond the 37-19 final score, as it effectively ended any chance it had at bowl consideration.
Eyes strained to see across the field, the ball almost disappearing at times when a pass or punt lifted it into the fog.
Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) combined its fast start with a dominating second-half effort to hand Ball State (4-7, 1-6 MAC) a 37-19 loss at the Glass Bowl Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (4-6, 1-5 MAC) will play the first of these games when they travel to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets (8-2, 5-1 MAC) on Tuesday night.
Losers of three straight games, the Cardinals (4-6, 1-5 MAC) now have to win their final two games of the season if they want to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.
Ball State (4-6, 1-5 MAC) raced out to a three-touchdown lead at home over Eastern Michigan (6-4, 3-3 MAC) Tuesday night, but the Eagles stole a 48-41 victory in wild fashion and earned bowl eligibility for the first time since 1995.
With 41 points on the board and 542 offensive yards, Ball State’s offense still could’ve had a better day. Senior receiver KeVonn Mabon even finished his last home game with 12 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) – but five turnovers and an inability to convert on third down cost the Cardinals in their 48-41 loss to Eastern Michigan. “We’re not losing to these teams, we’re really just beating ourselves,” Mabon said. “All of our losses, we beat ourselves.”
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (4-5) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan (5-4) Nov. 8.
Ball State (4-5, 1-4 MAC) will have a chance to send its 23 seniors out the right way this time around, when it welcomes Eastern Michigan (5-4, 2-3 MAC) to Scheumann Stadium on Nov. 8.
Here are three takeaways from head coach Mike Neu's weekly press conference Nov. 3.
With a backup quarterback running up against a top 25 opponent – what exactly does Ball State’s 52-20 loss to Western Michigan mean? After all, the Cardinals offense was able to move the ball – albeit it struggled to punch the ball into the end zone – several young players flashed their potential and the team still has a path to bowl eligibility. “There’s a lot of things that were good on tape, and I know we’ll be excited about some things that we put on tape about tonight’s game,” head coach Mike Neu said.
That “it” factor was Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. The senior dominated against Ball State (4-5, 1-4 MAC) once again, hauling in 12 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 road victory for the No. 17 Broncos (9-0, 5-0 MAC).
Quarter updates from Scheumann Stadium as Ball State (4-4) takes on Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan (8-0) Nov. 1.
Ball State football playing on ESPN2 the day after Halloween means one thing: college students in full costume, hoping to get on national television for five seconds of post-commercial glory. Ahead of the game against No. 17 Western Michigan, here are some suggestions to deal with the costume policy released by Ball State Athletics for the game.