Ball State gained 181 yards on the ground against Northwestern on Saturday September 26, 2015 thanks to freshmen James Gilbert and Riley Neal. The Wildcats had only allowed 110 yards per game before playing the Cardinals. (DN PHOTO ALLISON COFFIN)

Ball State gains 181 rushing yards on country's No. 10 defense

Coming into Ball State's road contest with No. 17 Northwestern, it looked as if the Cardinals' offense would be in for a long night. Ball State controlled most of the first half, however, and the offense gained 359 yards — 181 on the ground — against the nation's No. 10-ranked defense in a 24-19 loss. 

The Ball State football team huddles up before running onto the field for the game against Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 3 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Ball State set to face tough defense in No. 17 Northwestern

The Ball State football team will face a stiff test on the road against Northwestern, as it will battle with the No. 10 defense in the country in Evanston, Ill. Through three games, Northwestern has allowed just 16 points and is allowing 235 yards per game during a 3-0 start. The Wildcats held Stanford to six points and Duke to 10 points last week.

Senior corner back Eric Patterson waits for a play to begin during the game against Indiana State on Sept. 13 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

Colts waive Patterson following 1st career appearance

Ball State alum and rookie cornerback Eric Patterson played in his first NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 21. The 2014 graduate began his professional career by earning a spot on the Colts’ practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster after rookie cornerback D’Joun Smith was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Sept. 18.


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.

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