Ball state's Junior Ryan Weber defeates Valparaiso's defense during the game against Valparaiso on Nov. 28 at Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO AMER KHUBRANI

Ball State Athletics: Week in review, Nov. 23-30

While most students went home over Thanksgiving break, student-athletes at Ball State University continued winter season play for their respective athletic teams. Whether they stayed in Muncie, traveled across the country or crossed borders, here’s what the Cardinals have done in the past week of play.

Missouri players crowd around head coach Gary Pinkel and chant his name after a 20-16 win against Brigham Young on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Missouri football boycott demonstrates impact of athletics

Months of racial controversy and requests for the removal of former president Tim Wolfe at the University of Missouri were met fewer than 48 hours after the school’s football team took a stand. Several black players on the Missouri football team decided on Nov.

Members of the football team celebrate watching a teammate get a touchdown during the game against Central Michigan on Oct. 24 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State football 3rd least penalized team in FBS

Ball State football has had several ups and downs this season, and the team sits at 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference. One area the team has excelled at offensively is the low amount of penalties they give up. Head coach Pete Lembo attributes the low number to the high expectations he set for the team. “If you set the standards and expectations and expect your guys to live up to those every day then you have a much better chance of going out there and not committing foolish turnovers, foolish penalties,” Lembo said.

Senior tight end Dylan Curry jumps to catch the ball in the end zone during the football game against Georgia State on Oct. 17 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO ALAINA JAYE HALSEY

Ball State's offense production woes continue

Since the Homecoming game against Toledo, Ball State's offense has slowed down its production. During that timeframe, the team has dropped four games and has struggled moving the ball in its sole win over the University of Massachusetts on Halloween day.

Ball State quarterback Riley Neal and his sister, Rhyen, pose for a photo following a Yorktown volleyball match at Wapahani. Rhyen and the Tigers play in the 3A state championship Saturday at Worthen Arena. The pair share a funny, competitive relationship at home. PHOTO PROVIDED BY RHYEN NEAL

Yorktown state volleyball run highlights siblings' competitive relationship

Ball State fans are used to watching their quarterback, Riley Neal, on Saturday afternoons at Scheumann Stadium. Whether he’s breaking freshman passing records or carving up defenses with his feet, Neal has quickly become a fan favorite. But this Saturday, the Cardinal faithful have a chance to see another member of the Neal family shine in a different sport.

Freshman quarterback Riley Neal looks for an open teammate during the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 31 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State football loses by 47 against Western Michigan

Ball State officially lost postseason bowl eligibility after suffering a 54-7 loss to Western Michigan on Thursday. It's the second consecutive season that the Cardinals won't compete in the postseason. The Broncos gained 711 yards on the Cardinals, including 300-plus yard performances through the air and on the ground.

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