Junior redshirt receiver Riley Miller and junior redshirt quarterback Riley Neal have been sharing the field since high school. That long time familiarity was on full display as Riley would connect to Riley 11 times on the day in a 52-24 win over Kent State.
Ball State Football came out of its first non-conference game with confidence through the roof. The Cardinals had floored Central Connecticut State, set a handful of school records and were ready to face a highly ranked Notre Dame squad in South Bend.
The Cardinals (1-2, 0-0 MAC) have come out on every side of the spectrum already in the first three weeks of the season. They blew out Central Connecticut State in their home opener, went toe-to-toe with No. 8 Notre Dame and took a lopsided loss at Indiana.
From North to South, Ball State Football (1-2, 0-0 MAC) has been all over the state in this early season. This weekend, the Cardinals were in Bloomington to take on Indiana (3-0, 0-0 Big 10) in their ninth all time matchup. After a stalemate first quarter, the Hoosiers would come out running to take the game 38-10.
Having proved it has what it takes to play with the big boys after a 24-16 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame, Ball State Football (1-1, 0-0 MAC) will head to Bloomington with all the confidence in the world.
Ball State Football faced a heavy task today in taking on No. 8 Notre Dame. Not only was this the first time both teams have met, but this is the first time in three season that the Cardinals have faced a ranked opponent. While the score may have not favored the Cardinals, the team was able to limit one of the top offenses in college football for the majority of the game.
Ball State Football (1-1, 0-0 MAC) fell to Notre Dame (2-0) 24-16 in its first meeting with the Irish in school history.
It has been booming through the speakers at Scheumann Stadium all week at practice. It can be heard down the halls and throughout the building from the weight room. The melody is engraved in the minds of Ball State Football players leading up to their Saturday showdown with Notre Dame. It’s “Victory March,” the fight song of the Fighting Irish.
In the sea known as the FBS, 130 schools are battling for the top spot in their respected conference. However, 12 schools are looking to fly the crescent of the Jolly Roger among their rivals in mark of a dominant performance on the field.
Ball State Football (1-0, 0-0 MAC) opened up its season with a dominant win over Central Connecticut State (0-1, 0-0 NEC), 42-6. While the Cardinals held it down on both sides of the ball, it was their rushing game that proved to be the biggest difference of the game.