Scheumann Stadium; Muncie, Ind.
Ball State has won five straight meetings versus Central Michigan. However, the hosting Cardinals have lost four straight and are just 1-2 at home thus far.
Central Michigan is coming off a 51-14 win over Buffalo and has won two of its last four outings. The only loss was a 41-39 setback at Western Michigan Oct. 10.
Central Michigan and Ball State have met 47 times, with BSU leading the series 24-22-1. Ball State has won six of the last seven contests, including five straight. Scott Secor provided the winning points in a 32-29 Cardinals victory last year when he hit a 55-yard field goal in the final minute.
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>> CMU is looking for its first road win of the 2015 season.
>> Central Michigan ranks third in pass offense and second in pass defense. That’s a challenge for Ball State, which is last in pass defense and 12th in total defense.
>> Quarterback Cooper Rush connected on 23 of 30 for 313 yards and four TDs in last week’s trouncing of Buffalo. Rush is third among MAC QBs in passing (297.7 ypg) and fourth in pass efficiency. The junior is second in total offense (298.0 ypg).
>> Wide receiver Jesse Kroll had a career high 133 receiving yards and seven receptions against UB. Kross is tied for eighth in receptions per game (5.6) and seventh in yardage (74.6 ypg).
>> Junior Brian Eavey is ninth in scoring (7.4 ppg). He has hit 10 of 14 (71.4%) field goals this year after making 8 of 9 (88.9%) in 2014. Eavey has converted all 22 PATs this season.
>> Senior DB Kavon Frazier leads CMU defenders in tackles (64, 41 solos).
BALL STATE CARDINALS (3-4, 2-1 MAC)
>> The Cardinals have finished .500 or better in MAC play in each of the four previous seasons under head coach Pete Lembo.
>> True freshman quarterback Riley Neal has completed 131 of 220 attempts (59.5%) with 10 TDs and 2 interceptions. Neal began his collegiate career with 143 pass attempts before throwing an nterception. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Georgia State last weekend.
>> Senior wideout Jordan Williams ranks fourth (MAC) in receptions (7.7 rpg) and receiving yards (89.0). He ranks 19th nationally in receiving yards (623) and pulled in at least one TD catch in four of the last five games.
>> Over the last two weeks, junior wideout Kevonn Mabon and sophomore wide receiver Corey Lancanaria have stepped up their production. Mabon has 13 catches for 154 yards; Lacanaria has 11 grabs for 95 yards.
>> Since missing a pair of field goals at Northwestern on Sept. 26, freshman kicker Morgan Hagee has converted six of his last seven tries. His 12 FG on the season is a league high.
>> Junior CB Tyree Holder recorded interceptions in two of his last three games and has six career picks. He did not play last week against Georgia State due to concussion-like symptoms.
>> Junior linebacker Sean Wiggins, who registered two fumble recoveries against CMU last year, leads Ball State in tackles with 58. Senior linebacker Ben Ingle owns 56 stops.
>> Ball State has recorded at least five TFL in five of its seven games,