Neal shines in relief of Milas, leads Cardinals to win

In a situation similar to last year, Ball State's backup quarterback has provided a needed spark to the offense. Trailing 17-0 to Eastern Michigan, freshman Riley Neal entered the game for Jack Milas. Neal finished the game 24-28 for 194 yards and a touchdown and added 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Senior wide receiver Jordan Williams attempts to catch the ball during the game against Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3 at Scheumann Stadium. The catch was ruled incomplete. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State opens MAC play on the road

Ball State will travel to Eastern Michigan Sept. 19 to kick off the first game of conference play. Eastern Michigan is coming off a dominating 48-29 win over Wyoming while Ball State is trying to move past its lopsided loss against Texas A&M. During Eastern Michigan's game against Wyoming, starting quarterback Brogan Roback went down with an injury. Back-up Reginald Bell immediately stepped up in a big way throwing 12-18 for 117 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Head coach Pete Lembo is impressed with what he saw and thinks it will be a difficult match, nonetheless. “I think [Bell] did a great job running their offense last week,” Lembo said.

Senior lineback Travis Freeman tackles Indiana's Isaiah Roundtree during the first half. The Hoosiers currently lead the Cardinals 25-24 after a two point conversion. DN PHOTO BOBBY ELLIS

Ball State to take on Indiana for 4 of next 5 seasons

Ball State and Indiana haven't laced it up against each other on a football field since 2012. Beginning next season, the Cardinals and Hoosiers will meet four times over the next five years. Ball State will travel to Bloomington in 2018 and 2020, and the teams will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2019.

Willie Snead, a junior wide receiver, celebrates winning the game against Toledo on Sept. 28. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Snead's 1st NFL reception goes for 63 yards

What's better than catching your first pass in the NFL from Drew Brees? Having that catch and run go for 63 yards. In Willie Snead's first game as a pro for the New Orleans Saints, Brees found Snead over the middle on the first play of the second half.

Senior wide receiver Jordan Williams walks off the field after a play during the football game against Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3 at Schuemann Stadium DN PHOTO MAKAYLA JOHNSON

Strong 1st half leads Texas A&M to 56-23 win over Ball State

Ball State outscored Texas A&M 20-7 in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies opened the newly-renovated Kyle Field in style with a 56-23 win over the Cardinals. Ball State coach Pete Lembo acknowledged that it was a lopsided loss. He believes his team can use it as a learning experience, however.

Members of the Ball State football team run onto the field before the game against Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Texas A&M defeats Ball State, 56-23

To begin the game, the Cardinals attempted to catch the Aggies off guard by opening with an onside kickoff attempt. Texas A&M recovered, and went 62 yards in eight plays capped off by a one-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Ball State football team faced Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3 at Scheumann Stadium.

Ball State attendance eclipses 10,000 in 1st game

For just the third time in the last two seasons, Scheumann Stadium's attendance reached 10 thousand for a home football game. Ball State defeated Virginia Military Institute 48-36 in the season opener in front of 10,473 spectators. Athletic Director Mark Sandy said attendance was about where he expected, but it could have been better.

Players react to a pile up during the game against the Virginia Military Institute at Scheumann Stadium on Thursday night. DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY

Offensive line key in Ball State victory

In its first game of the season, the Ball State football team gained 567 total yards and put up 48 points. Head coach Pete Lembo was able to utilize his fast-paced, short-yardage-based offense thanks to the time his veteran offensive line provided for the quarterback and running backs.

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