Head coach Pete Lembo talks to the football team after the spring game on April 19 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
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FOOTBALL: Lembo's Language

Lembo's Language is a weekly article, where chief football reporter David Polaski dissects statements made by Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo in his press conference.



Senior running back Jahwan Edwards attempts to run the ball down the field against the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 12 at McGuirk Stadium. Ball State lost 24-10. 
Courtesy of James Jesson/The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
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FOOTBALL: Offense struggles in road loss to Massachusetts

Slow starts have doomed the Ball State football team all season, and the trend continued against Massachusetts. The Cardinals fell behind 7-0 just 1:02 into the game and never recovered, falling 24-10 to the Minutemen on the road. Even more brutal for the team, the loss eliminates it from bowl contention. The loss drops Ball State to 3-7, and teams need a minimum of six wins to be bowl eligible. Ball State has just two games left.


Head coach Pete Lembo talks to the refs during the game against Indiana State on Sept. 13 at Scheumann Stadium DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY
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FOOTBALL: Lembo's Language

Lembo's Language is a weekly article in chief football reporter David Polaski dissects statements made by Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo in his press conference.



Freshman quarterback Jack Milas looks for coverage downfield during the game against Akron on Oct. 25 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
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FOOTBALL: Milas looks to put subpar performance behind him

It's been said that a sign of a true champion is the ability to bounce back after a key loss, that's exactly what starting quarterback, Jack Milas, will look to do after throwing three interceptions against Ball State rival Northern Illinois last Wednesday.


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FOOTBALL: Anatomy of a Play vs. Northern Illinois

Early in the fourth quarter, Ball State trailed Northern Illinois 21-14. Backed up deep in his territory, Ball State quarterback Jack Milas tried to force a pass to his right, which was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.  The touchdown would ultimately be the game-winning score in Northern Illinois’ 35-21 victory.  “Offensively, we were very inconsistent with all of the turnovers,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. 1. There’s 13:06 left in the fourth quarter.



Redshirt senior Scott Secor and senior Quintin Cooper chat between plays at the football game against Indiana State on Sept. 13 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO ALAINA JAYE HALSEY
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FOOTBALL: Secor named finalist for award

Ball State football kicker Scott Secor has been named a semifinalist for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicking Award, presented by the Orange Bowl. Secor is one of 20 kickers under consideration for the award, which takes its name after the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, who spent 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Secor’s 21 field goals are tied for first in the nation, and his field goal percentage of .808 is third. Finalists will be announced on Nov.


In a nationally televised contest, Ball State and Northern Illinois battled for the Bronze Stalk on Wednesday evening. The Game, which ran into the night, was mostly dominated by NUI's running offense. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
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FOOTBALL: Tired defense can't hold Northern Illinois rushing attack

The more Northern Illinois ran, the more exhausted Ball State’s defense became. During the Cardinals 35-21 loss to the Huskies, Northern Illinois amassed 283 rushing yards, most coming in the second half. With the rush defense growing weary, Ball State lost control of the game. “We played extremely well defensively until the very end, when we got worn down,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said.


Iowa tight end Ray Hamilton gets tackled by Ball State strong safety Brian Jones on Sept. 6 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa defeated Ball State, 17-13. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)
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FOOTBALL: Fifth-year seniors get final shot at Northern Illinois

Brian Jones looked down and closed his eyes, remembering what happened last season. The strong safety for the Ball State football team has bitter memories of rival Northern Illinois. When former Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch found the end zone with less than two minutes left and Joe Windsor brought an interception back for a touchdown, it was a dagger to the heart of the Ball State football team.


Head coach Pete Lembo talks to the refs during the game against Indiana State on Sept. 13 at Scheumann Stadium DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY
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FOOTBALL: Lembo's Language

Lembo's Language is a weekly article, where chief football reporter David Polaski dissects statements made by Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo in his press conference.






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