Junior outside hitter Sabrina Mangapora celebrates after a score at the game against IUPUI on Aug. 31 at John E. Worthen Arena. Kyle Crawford // DN

Ball State Athletics: Weekend in review

Labor Day weekend meant long road trips for Ball State athletics. Football went down to Georgia and beat Georgia State 31-21 in its season opener. Cross country finished third in the Butler Open in Carmel. Field hockey split its games in Louisville, soccer dropped two games in its California road trip and women's volleyball fell to 0-7 on the season.

Freshman quarterback Riley Neal hands the ball off to freshman running back James Gilbert during the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 31 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State fights off slow start, runs through Georgia State

Ball State couldn’t catch its breath. Four plays into the game, the offense that chose to receive the ball to start the game was running the wrong way, as Jerome Smith’s black No. 20 jersey trotted into the end zone following an interception and sent the lower level at the Georgia Dome into a frenzy. Three plays later, Riley Neal's third down pass was tipped at the line.

New look offensive line preparing for game action

Chirp: X factors against Georgia State

Ball State secondary vs. Georgia State passing game Last season, the Cardinals’ secondary ranked in the bottom 10 in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, yards per attempt and opponent completion percentage.

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