Freshman quarterback Jack Milas looks for coverage downfield during the game against Akron on Oct. 25 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

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.


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

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

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)

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

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 Quintin Cooper celebrates after preventing a Sycamore touchdown at the football game against Indiana State on Sept. 13 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO ALAINA JAYE HALSEY

FOOTBALL: Turnover margin keys recent streak

After the 35-21 victory on Saturday against Akron, the Ball State football team chalked up their second consecutive win.This team is far from what it was a couple weeks ago, head coach, Pete Lembo, has completely revamped his young squad to get back to winning ways.

Sophomore running back Teddy Williamson goes to recover the ball during the game against Akron on Oct. 25 at Scheumann Stadium. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY

FOOTBALL: Turnovers power comeback

The Ball State football team’s defense needed some sort of spark coming out of halftime, after allowing 21 points in the first two quarters to an offense that only averaged 22 a game. Five turnovers will swing momentum pretty quickly. Ben Ingle, Zack Ryan, Tyree Holder and Eric Patterson all recorded second half interceptions while Quintin Cooper recovered a muffed punt, clamping down on an offense that gave them fits during the first 30 minutes. “It’s our players doing their assignments and being in the right spot,” Ryan said.

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