Ball State was down 17 with less than five minutes to play. It had to go for it on fourth-and-6. The Cardinals (1-2, 0-0 MAC) didn’t make it and turned the ball over to Florida Atlantic (1-2, 0-0 CUSA). It was the Cardinals’ fifth turnover of the day. Three drives and four minutes later, the Owls locked up a 41-31 victory.
One shot. That’s all Cody Rudy has ever needed throughout his life.
After a three-and-out and an interception in Ball State’s first two possessions, it didn’t look like the Cardinals were going to have a repeat of last year’s 42-6 opener at Scheumann Stadium. Already trailing 7-0, momentum did not look to be on Ball State’s side.
By the time Aug. 31, 2019, came around, it had been 365 days since sophomore receiver Yo’Heinz Tyler’s last touchdown — a whole year without reaching the end zone. It had been too long.
The word of the day was momentum, and at the end of it, Ball State (0-1, 0-0 MAC) needed just a little bit more Saturday as it fell to Indiana (1-0, 0-0 Big 10) 34-24 in the Ruoff Mortgage Kickoff Classic in Lucas Oil Stadium.