Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
EKU leads series, 3-0
Ball State hopes to get back in the winnng column this week after falling at Indiana, 30-20, last Saturday. A win against Eastern Kentucky would break the Colonels’ 3-0 advantage in the series. EKU is coming off a 55-14 win over Pikeville on Sept. 8. The Colonels fell at Purdue, 45-24, in opening week action.
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► Eastern Kentucky (FCS) took advantage of seven Pikeville turnovers. Kiante Northinton, Corey Class and Luder Jean Louis each returned receptions for touchdowns in the third quarter.
► Eight Colonels caught passes, but none owned more than two receptions. Ryan Markush grabbed a 13-yard TD for his only catch.
BALL STATE CARDINALS (1-1. O-O MAC)
► Indiana rolled up a 30-0 lead on BSU, which finally got on the board with a 22-yard field goal with 3:37 left in the third quarter. The Cardinals then rallied for 17 unanswered fourth quarter points.
► Riley Neal hit 15 of 30 passes for 231 yards with one TD and one interception in the loss.
► Sophomore James Gilbert (5-8. 194) led
Ball State rushers with 54 yards on 12 carries (4.5 ypc). As a team, BSU totaled 140 yards on 38 trips (3.7 ypc).
► KeVonn Mabon paced the receiving corps with five catches for 84 yards. Jordan Hogue owned the only receiving TD, scoring on a five-yard pass play. Mabon eclipsed 2,000 yards with his performance Saturday.
► Malik Dunner provided a special teams TD with a three-yard return of a blocked punt.
► Ball State lost the turnover battle, 3-0. They also lost two turnovers in game one and turned the ball over on the first drive of each game.
► The Cardinals are scoring 25.5 ppg and allowing the same – 25.5 ppg!
► Ball Stae will debut a new red helmet in the home opener. It will be the first time since 1970 that BSU has worn red helmets.
► Linebacker Aaron Taylor tied his career high with 13 tackles last week at Indiana.