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Football Off to Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: December 16, 2012
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Ball State's football team heads to the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl in Florida to face UCF of Conference USA.

The 9-3 Ball State Cardinals will face the Knights of UCF, who own a 9-4 overall record and won the Conference USA East Division.

The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and will be televised live on ESPN.

Stay tuned to for daily updates on the Cardinals practices and bowl activities leading up to the week.

2012 Ball State Football Season Highlights

 Ball State finished the regular season with a 9-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Mid-American Conference action . . . The Cardinals three losses -- Clemson, Northern Illinois and Kent State -- are to teams that completed the regular season with a combined record of 33-5.

 The nine wins ties for the third most victories in a single season in school history and marks the most wins since 12 in 2008 and 10 in 1978 . . . Ball State football teams also compiled nine wins in 1965, 1975 and 1977.

 Ball State has won six straight games, marking its first six game winning streak since 2008. The Cardinals ended the regular season with wins in their final five Mid-American Conference games and their final four road games.

 The Cardinals' six Mid-American Conference wins in a single season are the most since their 8-0 campaign in 2008 . . . It marks only the second time since 1996 the Cardinals have won at least six league games.

 Ball State tallied a 52-27 victory over Ohio in 2012, and the 52 points were the most in a game since the 2006 season when Ball State defeated Buffalo 55-25 . . . The 25 point margin of victory was the largest for the Cardinals since a 45-14 win over Northern Illinois in 2008 . . . In the win, Ball State managed 588 total yards, which is the fifth highest single-game total in school history.

 The Cardinals rushed for over 220 yards in a game seven times in 2012 and four times in their final five contests . . . Ball State rushed for 357 yards vs. Ohio and 329 yards vs. Eastern Michigan to post two games with 300 or more yards rushing in 2012.

 Ball State's defense tallied a season high four sacks in its win over Ohio and in its win at Indiana in 2012.

 The Cardinals win over nationally ranked Toledo (Nov. 6) was the Cardinals first win over one of the country's top-25 teams since 2001 when Ball State defeated the Rockets.

 Ball State is bowl eligible for a second straight season . . . The Cardinals were last bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008 and Ball State played in the International Bowl after the 2007 campaign and the GMAC Bowl after the 2008 season.

 The Cardinals have beaten two teams from the Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifying Conferences in the same year for the first time in school history . . . Ball State defeated Indiana from the Big Ten Conference 41-39 Sept. 15, and tallied a 31-27 win over South Florida from the Big East Conference Sept. 22 . . . The win over Indiana marked the third straight meeting between the two teams the Cardinals have won.

 Ball State has won four games this season with a game-winning score in the final two minutes or overtime . . . The Cardinals have won three games on their final possession . . . Ball State won on a field goal as time expired at Indiana (Sept. 15) and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:02 left in its victory at home over South Florida (Sept. 22) . . . Ball State tallied a 30-24 overtime win over Western Michigan (Oct. 13) on a 15-yard TD run on the final play of the OT . . . The Cardinals defeated nationally ranked Toledo (Nov. 6) on a 15-yard TD run with 1:43 to play. 

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