Ball State junior cornerback Antonio Phillips and senior safety Ray Wilborn tackle Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke during the Cardinals' game against the Bobcats Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Scheumann Stadium. Rourke had 130 rushing yards. Paige Grider, DN

Phillips, Uzodinma expose friendly competition in interception battle

In Ball State’s season opener against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium, sophomore A.J. Uzodinma and junior Antonio Phillips came away with the team’s first two interceptions of the year. Eight weeks later, the Cardinals’ starting cornerbacks are in a battle for the top spot on the Mid-American Conference’s interception list.

The Delta Eagles walk toward their locker room before the start of their game with the Muncie Central Bearcats Aug. 23, 2019. The Eagles won the game, 42-0. Jacob Musselman, DN

Charlie Spegal runs wild in return to Delta

There was a time when you could expect fireworks to go off at Delta High School when Charlie Spegal stepped on the field. He totaled more than 4,300 yards and 50 touchdowns in an Eagle uniform. Spegal was at it again Friday, leading his team to a 49-13 win, eclipsing the 200-yard mark for the 24th time in his career and tying the state scoring record with his three touchdowns. Only this time, there were no fireworks. Even the fans in Delta’s stands were quiet.

Junior running back Caleb Huntley jumps in the end zone after scoring in the third quarter Sept. 7, 2019, at Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals won against Fordham, 57-29. Rebecca Slezak, DN

Ball State captures Bronze Stalk Trophy in comeback win over Northern Illinois

Facing a 17-3 deficit at halftime, Ball State Football entered the locker room after 30 minutes of play Saturday not feeling disappointed, but rather motivated. The motivation seemed to pay off as Neu’s Cardinals rallied for 24 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 27-20 comeback win over defending Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois.

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