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. 

The Ball State field hockey team celebrates scoring a goal Sept. 3 in a game against Lehigh at Briner Sports Complex. Ball State lost to Lehigh 1-3. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State earns first win in conference play against Ohio with a Knopert overtime winner

“It was a tough game,” head coach Caitlin Walsh said. “I am sure it was fun to watch… but it was gritty… and the match was a little frustrating to watch knowing that we were in the driver’s seat. I think we gave up too much defensively so we definitely have things we need to work on but for them to come out and bounce back after going to overtime…It shows the kind of team that we are and we never stop fighting.”

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. 

Cardinal runners start the 5k race of the We Fly Ball State Invitational Sept. 1. Ball State defeated Lindenwood and Austin Peay in the 5k women’s race. Daniel Kehn, DN

'The Big Show'

With the season already underway, the cross-country squad is looking to carry the track and field program’s success from the winter and spring into the fall. Head coach Adrian Wheatley is entering his third year as head coach of the cross-country and track & field programs.  

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.

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