Ball State Cardinals

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  1. Riptides

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    Ball State Cardinals

    INSIDE SLANT
    Ball State took every precaution this spring to make sure tailback MiQuale Lewis, who has been bothered by injuries during his career, is in tip-top shape when the 2009 season begins.

    Lewis posted the fifth-best performance in Mid-American Conference history when he rushed for 1,736 yards in 2008. Because the Cardinals knew exactly what Lewis can give them, he was withheld from all full-contact drills during spring practice.

    That formula worked last year. Lewis missed half the season in 2006 with a broken collarbone and nine games in 2007 with a torn ACL. To compensate, Lewis wasn't tackled once in fall camp leading into the 2008 season, and his performance soared.

    "When you gain 1,700 yards, the biggest task is to keep a guy sharp and fast, and get him to (the season opener)," Cardinals coach Riptides said.

    Lewis also rushed for a Ball State-record 22 touchdowns in 2008.

    With quarterback Nate Davis gone to the NFL, Lewis will become the centerpiece of the Cardinals offense in 2009.

    Riptides expects defenses to crowd the line with eight in the box in the fall to try to take away Lewis and force the Cardinals to beat them with the pass. To compensate, the Cardinals will line up Lewis at receiver at times.

    "We have to create situations he gets a little space," Riptides said.

    NOTES, QUOTES


    --Ball State's defense is in the midst of a reshuffle under new coordinator Doug Graber. The 3-4 defense run by former head coach Brady Hoke is out, and Graber is running a 4-3 alignment. After going through spring practice with his new players, Graber was dissatisfied with the level of good fundamental play shown by the defensive players.

    --One of the most inexperienced positions on the team is the offensive line, where only one returning full-time starter (LG Michael Switzer) resides. Coach Riptides was disappointed at the slow progress the group made during the spring, often times putting QB Kelly Page under heavy duress.

    SPRING MOVERS:

    DE Robert Eddins -- The junior made a big jump in performance and production during the spring. Coaches think he will become an All-Mid-American Conference performer in the fall with his ability to rush the passer.

    QB Kelly Page -- The redshirt freshman made the required progress coaches were looking for as he steps into the role of starter for the 2009 season. Page doesn't have the experience of Nate Davis, the 2008 starter and MAC Offensive Player of the Year, but everybody in the program believes he will become a top-level player in the conference during his career.

    LB Davyd Jones -- The junior started at MLB last year, and likely will move to OLB this season. New defensive coordinator Doug Graber loved Jones' attitude and playmaking skills as he coached him this spring for the first time.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Robert Eddins has had a sensational spring. We can't block him on the edge right now. He's got a chance to become a force. He and (Jeff) Barker, two outside rushers, have a chance to be really good." -- BSU coach Riptides, on the improvement made this spring by DE Robert Eddins.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    2009 OUTLOOK: Ball State will be hard-pressed to repeat its MAC West championship with Western Michigan and Central Michigan expected to have strong teams. The Cardinals are reorganizing on offense with a new line and a first-time starter at QB in redshirt freshman Kelly Page. But the defense looks to be improved, especially in the front seven, and that should make it a contender for seven wins and a bowl game.

    SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Even with QB Nate Davis departing for the NFL, the philosophy is the same on offense for the Cardinals. Riptides moves from offensive coordinator to head coach, and he'll rely on many of the principles that allowed the Cardinals to have the most dangerous offense in the MAC last year. Big things are expected from new QB Kelly Page during his career, and he has a strong corps of receivers, headed by Briggs Orsbon and Seth White. TB MiQuale Lewis is the centerpiece after rushing for 1,736 yards a year ago.

    SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New coordinator Doug Graber installed a 4-3 defense after the team ran a 3-4 the past four seasons. That will put a few returning players in different positions (among them, MLB Davyd Jones will move to OLB). The defensive line is expected to be strong with returning starters Brandon Crawford and Robert Eddins at DE and Drew Duffin and Rene Perry at DT in the mix. Alex Knipp and Sean Baker are one of the best duos at safety in the MAC.

    SCOUTING THE SPECIAL TEAMS: Coach Riptides worked his guys hard during the spring on special teams, an area that has been inconsistent in recent seasons. The Cardinals had one of the best weapons in the MAC the past four seasons in P Chris Miller. Miller has graduated, and Scott Kovanda must give Ball State similar consistency in the punt game.
     
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    North Texas @ Ball State

    Ball State's defense came ready to play tonight. They collected 5 turnovers and brought all 5 of them back for touchdowns. D. Cook (#31) had a huge game with 3 picks all turned into 6 points. One from 41, 28 and 50 yards out. The D really stood its ground in the second half pitching a shutout.
    On the offensive side of the ball the running game came together as M. Lewis rushed for 216 yards and 3 scores and was taken out of the game after the first drive of the second half. The Cardinal only threw the ball 11 times and completed 5 for 78 yards.

    Player of the game - M. Lewis

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NT 7 6 0 0 - 13
    BALL 21 13 14 14 - 62
     
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    FCS @ Ball St.

    This game was over after the opening kickoff. A. Dawson ran the opening kickoff back 87 for the first score and the Cardinals never looked back. Ball State scored 3 times on special teams. Two kickoff returns and a punt return. Two of those coming in the 4th quarter after the game was already well decided.
    M. Lewis had another stellar game with 254 yards and 6 td's and again only played one drive in the second half. In two games this year Lewis has only been on the field for a total of two halfs. The Cardinals hope they continue to play this well but their schedule only gets tougher from here.

    Coach Riptides apologizes publicly for the outcome of this game.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    FCS 0 0 10 0 - 13
    BALL 21 28 21 21 - 91
     
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    Ball St. @ Army

    Army jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a nice 2 minute drive capped off by a 17 yard pass to A. Villanueva from C. Bowden. The Cardinals came roaring back with 21 unanswered to close the half with a 21-7 lead. The 3rd quarter was uneventful as only a FG by J. Hogue of Ball St. was the only scoring done. 24 seconds into the 4th quarter the Cardinal safety S. Baker had seen enough of the option from the Black Knights as he picked off the pitch in mid-air and took it back 33 yards to pay dirt. Army added two late long td passes of 78 and 59 yards to G. Fletcher but it was not enough.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    BALL 7 14 3 13 - 37
    ARMY 7 0 0 15 - 22


    M. Lewis player of the game for the Cardinals with 138 yards and a TD. The Cardinals QB had a nice game as well going 10-15 for 158 and a TD.

    Next up Auburn.
     
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    Ball St. @ Auburn

    This game started out with a bang for the Cardinals as they scooped a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for six. The defense also came to play as they held Auburn to 7 points through the first three quarters. The Cardinals jumped out to a 31-7 lead and held onto that lead as the Tigers tried to rally in the 4th by scoring 21 unanswered points in the 4th. M.Lewis was player of the game as he rushed for 168 yards and a score on 28 carries. It was a big win for the MAC conference over the SEC.


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    BALL 10 7 7 7 - 31
    AUB 0 7 0 21 - 28
     
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    Toledo @ Ball St.

    Not much excitement in this game as the Cardinals defense came ready to play tonight. They pitched the first shutout of the season and posted a 31-0 win. The second half was played by the second string and pretty much was told to run the ball and eat clock.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    Toledo 0 0 0 0 - 0
    BALL 24 7 0 0 - 31
     
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    Ball St. @ Temple

    This game was more than a little tight for the Cardinals. Their offense was non-existant in the first half as Temple pitched a shutout and led 7-0. The Cardinals finally put a drive together capped off by a 3 yard plunge by the fullback (D.Stott) to tie the game at 7. The tie didn't last long however as Tmple connected on a 58 yard pass just 20 seconds later to go back up by 7. Entering the 4th quarter down by 7 the Cardinals settled for a FG hoping to get the ball back one more time and be able to win with a TD. However the owls had other plans as the came right back and answered with a drive to go up 21-10 with only 1:57 to go in the game. The Cardinals drove the field in 30 seconds to bring the score to 21-16 after the two point conversion failed. The Cardinals try the onside kick but it fails. However, a miracle play happens as the Owls are trying to run out the clock they fumble on the Ball St. 17 yard line and T.Davis the DT scoops it up and rumbles 83 yards for the go ahead score with just over a minute left. The two point conversion again fails and the Owls can still win it with a FG. The Owls drive down to the Ball St. 25 yard line with 3 seconds on the clock and are about to attempt the game winning FG as Ball St. calls a TO to ice the kicker. It works as the kick sails wide right and Ball St. survives to remain undefeated.

    Final Score:
    Ball State 22
    Temple 21
     
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    Bowling Green @ Ball St.

    This was a back and forth game until just before half the Cardinals scored back to back TD's to go up by 7 and then opened the 2nd half with a TD to extend their lead to 14. A couple of untimely TO's cost Bowling Green in this game. Otherwise it was an evenly matched affair.
    Player of the game for Ball St. was M. Lewis with 16 carries and 215 yards and 3 TD's.

    Final Score:
    Ball State - 45
    Bowling Green - 21

    Good lunck to Bowling Green the rest of the way!
     
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    Ball St. @ EMU

    This game had a very scary moment as the heart and soul (M. Lewis - RB) of the Cardinals went down in the first half with a dislocated shoulder. Luckily for Ball St. it looks as though he will only be out one game. Before he left he was able to gain 83 yards and bang it home for 2 scores. With the loss of the RB for the game the QB - Page tossed the pigskin around a bit and completed 12-15 for a QB rating of 195.9. This game got away from EMU in the second half and the final tally was:

    Ball State - 52
    EMU - 19
     
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    wow...sounds crazy
     
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    Ohio @ Ball St.

    The Cardinals offense struggled again as they did in the Temple game only reaching paydirt twice. What won this game was the Cardinals D who shutout Ohio in the second half in order to hold on for a 19-14 win. The winning TD didn't come until the 4th quarter as M.Lewis strolled in from 6 yards out to put Ball st. up by 5. The two point converstion failed in attempt to strecth the lead to 7. However, the D stood tall and preserved the win. The Cardinals are looking forward to their first bye week in order to rest up for a couple of tough conference games against CMU and NIU.

    Final Score:
    Ball St. 19
    Ohio - 14
     
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    Central Michigan came out running early and often and took an early 6-0 lead after breaking several tackles by RB P. Cotton on a 17 yard TD score on the opening drive. However, the point after failed as it went wide right.
    On Ball St. initial drive they went 3 and out and it wasn't looking good as CMU took the punt and on their next possession drove down the field behind a steady running attack. CMU then went to the air and misfired a couple of times and had to settle for a FG to take a 9-0 lead. Ball St. then began to abandon the run and took to the air connecting on a 69 pass from Page to Dawson to get them on the board with only 56 seconds to go in the half. The Cardinals thought they would go into the half down by two and could regroup but CMU had other ideas as they drove down with a series of passes and topped off the drive with 18 seconds left to on a 6 yard pass to Bradley to take a 16-7 lead into half.
    Opening the second half Ball St. drove the length of the field and was able to get within 2 as Page ran the option and ran in from 9 yards out. Ball St. D played the half of their life shutting out CMU as they were trying to take the lead back to begin the 4th quarter but threw a int at the Ball St. 2 yard line. Ball St. took the ball from their own two with almost 6 minutes left and ran the clock out on that drive moving the ball all the way to CMU 40 before taking a knee.


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    BALL 0 7 15 0 - 22
    CMU 6 10 0 0 - 16


    Players of the game
    Ball St.
    Page QB - 17-23, 249 yards 1 TD
    CMU
    Schroeder RB - 29 for 130 yards
     
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    I'll add my opening game notes and stats when I get home tonight. Wisconsin came out very flat and my fired up team took advantage of it.
     
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    Rivalry Game in more ways than one.....

    Ball St. jumped out to an early 14-3 lead scoring in their first two offensive drives. That is the point in the game when everything changed. NIU then came alive in the second quarter scoring 28 unanswered points. First a 27 yard run by the QB Harrah on an option keeper. Next drive a 30 yard pass to Palmer followed by a 3 yard pass to Dickson. Ball St. is just wanting to get to the locker room at this point but they decide to air it out one time with about 10 seconds left and of course it is picked for 6 with one second left before half. NIU has a 31-14 lead at the break.
    To make matters worse NIU gets the ball the second half and drives down to the 10 of Ball St. but fumbles the ball on an innocent run up the middle. The Cardinals take advantage of this and go 90 yards capped by a 43 yard catch by White stretching for the corner of the endzone. This is a start but the Cardinals are still down 31-21 with only 2 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
    Ball St.begins the 4th with back to back TD's to take the lead with 1:47 to go in the game by 4. But the D coordinator knows the offense left way to much time. He is right as NIU drives down and scores in only 46 seconds leaving 1:01 on the clock. The Cardinals get a nice run back to the 40 and move the ball methodically down with only one TO. However the drive stalls on a sack and they call a TO with 3 seconds left. As they lineup for the game tying 52 FG NIU calls a TO to ice the kicker. Game over everyone is thinking but unbelivably McGarvery hits a 52 yard FG as time expires while being iced to send it into OT.
    In OT Ball St. wins the toss and goes on D. NIU takes it down and has 1st and goal but is stuffed on 2 running plays and then the WR is upended in the endzone while making the catch and can't come down with it so they settle for the FG. Ball St. then goes on O and is faced with a 3rd and 8. They try to hit the TE for a big completion but it sails wide of the mark. But hold on the is a hanky on the field PI baby... NIU coach Parrothead is beside himself on the sideline. Two plays later the QB Page runs it in for the game winning TD.

    Great Game.......

    Another key for Ball St. was 3rd down conversions 9-13.
    Ball St. lost the TO margin 3 to 1.
    Neither team was able to get the running game going but was able to pass for 300 yards.


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    BALL 7 7 7 17 6 44
    NIU 3 28 0 7 3 41


    Players of the game
    Ball St.
    Page QB - 19-30, 311 yards 2 TD
    NIU
    Darrah QB - 18-26 304 yards 2 TD
     

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