Junior running back Malik Dunner runs the ball up the field at Schuemann Stadium Saturday, Sept. 28, 2018. Dunner had 20 rushing yards during the game against Kent State. Rebecca Slezak,DN

5 ways Ball State can come away with a victory at Central Michigan

Ball State Football (2-4, 1-1 MAC) hasn’t left the state of Indiana through the first six weeks of the 2018 season. That changes Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Central Michigan (1-5, 0-2 MAC). As the game approaches, here’s a look at five aspects the Cardinals should focus on to better their chances of taking down the Chippewas.

Redshirt junior running back James Gilbert runs around Kent State players to score a touchdown Sept. 28, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. Gilbert scored two touchdowns during the game. Rebecca Slezak,DN

Ball State aims to bring home Bronze Stalk

The Bronze Stalk Trophy hasn’t resided in Muncie since 2008. When Northern Illinois (2-3, 2-0 MAC) visits Scheumann Stadium Saturday to play Ball State (2-3, 1-0 MAC), the Cardinals will be looking to bring it home. 

Sophomore running back Markice Hurt Jr. runs the ball during the first quarter of the Homecoming game against Central Michigan Oct. 21, 2017, in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals lost 56-9. Kaiti Sullivan, DN

Ball State has 4 potential starters at running back

Markice Hurt Jr. knows you’ve probably never heard of him. He knows his No. 24 probably isn’t the jersey you went to the game to see. He knows in the slight chance he gets on the field, you’ll probably say, “Who’s that guy?” Ask his teammates and coaches, though, and odds are you’ll be chanting his name before his time is up as a Cardinal.

Redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Brandon Martin cheers after the Cardinals score a touchdown against Kent State Saturday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals won the game 52-24. Rebecca Slezak,DN

5 takeaways from Ball State’s MAC opener

The week has come to an end, and the Cardinals are 1-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Ball State took down Kent State 52-24 Saturday. There were plenty of takeaways from the game. Here’s a few that stood out. 

Ball State junior running back Malik Dunner runs into the end zone with 6:43 remaining in the first quarter of the Cardinals' game against Western Kentucky Sept. 22, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium. Dunner had 12 rushing yards on the day. Paige Grider, DN

Beginning a new season

The record may say 1-3, but Ball State Football is approaching the first week of Mid-American Conference play like it’s a new season.

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