PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 24: Anthony Richardson #5 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up against the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Colts defeated the Eagles 27-13. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

CARTER: Takeaways from Colts’ 31-20 win over Texans

I grew up in a family that rooted for the Colts after they packed up and fled Baltimore in the middle of the night in 1984 and moved to a city that was ruled by auto racing and basketball. But after drafting some guy named Peyton Manning and having some success, the Colts are now one of the staples of Indiana’s capital. 

Redshirt Sophomore running back Rico Barfield celebrates a touchdown against Indiana State Sept. 16 at Scheumann Stadium. Barfield had one touchdown in the game. Mya Cataline, DN

A fist pump and a smile

The Cardinals defeated the Sycamores 45-7 in Ball State's home opener, backed by 15,054 fans at Scheumann Stadium. Ball State returns to action Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. when Georgia Southern (2-1) travels to Muncie. 

Ball State University football lifts the victory bell against Indiana State Sept. 16 at Scheumann Stadium. The cardinals won 45-7 against the sycamores. Mya Cataline, DN

The Victory Bell returns

Indiana State traveled with the Victory Bell in their possession, but as the final whistle blew, the Victory Bell fell into the possession of the Cardinals. After snapping their 12 straight home opening wins last year, Ball State is back on track after the 45-7 win. 

Graduate assistant Madison Surface is pictured on FaceTime with her mother, Charity Surface. Hudson French, Photo Provided

Faith, Family and Football

Madison is the granddaughter of two Indiana football coaches, her grandfather Mark Surface, who coached at Marion High School, and her ‘Papaw,’ Calvin Duff, who coached at Lincoln High School. Even after her Papaw’s passing from Alzheimer’s two years ago, his memory and love for the game have continued to push her and Blake to continue down that path as well. 

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Qian Magwood gets tackled against Georgia Sept. 9 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Magwood received a total of 12 yards in the game. Mya Cataline, DN

'Throw the records out'

Ball State and Indiana State may both be winless through the first two weeks of the season, but each side remains hungry heading into a rivalry game for the Blue Key Liberty Bell Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. This contest will cap off Family Weekend at Ball State and is the Cardinals' home opener at Scheumann Stadium.

Ball State Daily News associate sports editor Elijah Poe,  reporter Zach Carter, opinion editor Kate Farr, and associate photo editor Mya Cataline pose for photo on the field at Sanford Stadium Sept. 9 in Athens, Ga. Photo provided

Ball State vs. Georgia: Our perspective

The Ball State Daily News Sports crew of sophomore associate sports editor and football secondary reporter Elijah Poe, opinion editor and photographer Kate Farr, associate photo editor Mya Cataline and reporter Zach Carter share their experience following their trip to Athens, Georgia, to cover Ball State V. No. 1 Georgia.

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