CLEMSON, S.C. - The Ball State University football team (1-1, 1-0 MAC) suffered a 52-27 loss at No. 12 Clemson (2-0) Saturday afternoon at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
"Clemson is a very good football team and I am sure they will be very successful this season," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says. "They have some really good skill payers and some really good athletes. They created some mismatches. We have to cover better, tackle better and prepare our players better."
Ball State scored the first touchdown of the second half after freshmen running back Horactio Banks ran for 21 yards to earn Banks the first 100-yard game of his career, making it a 45-17 ball game with 11:46 left in the third quarter. Banks finished the game with a total of 120 net yards.
It was a record setting day for special teams as senior punter Scott Kovanda's 54-yard punt in the third quarter moved him into fifth all-time on Ball State's career list for punt yardage. Kovanda averaged 50.2 yards per punt on the day.
Senior kicker Steven Schott added his second field goal at the 1:30 mark for 33 yards in the third quarter to cut the Tigers lead to 45-20. Schott has now made five-of-six field goals this season, while also making 17-of-18 from 39 yards or less for his career.
"We had some guys come out and play and perform well," Lembo says. "We had others that did not today."
Clemson was held to one touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals closed out the game with a 12-yard touchdown run from Toney Williams at the 3:36 mark. The TD by Williams was his first as a Cardinal. Schott's extra point was good and he has now made 45 straight extra points which ranks second in Ball State history.
After Clemson took an early 13-0 edge over Ball State in the first quarter, the Cardinals had a defensive stop to get the ball back with 3:15 remaining. The ensuing possession resulted in a Ball State touchdown after Banks ran for a career long 54-yard TD; making the score 13-7 at the 1:22 mark.
The Tigers added a touchdown at the start of the second quarter, Schott answered back soon after with a 45-yard field goal to make it a 21-10 contest with 9:30 left in the second quarter. Clemson scored four more times in the second quarter to end the half with a 45-10 advantage over Ball State.
"We are certainly disappointed in how we played today," Lembo says. "I have to do a better job getting us ready to play our best football and we did not today."
No. 12 Clemson 6, Ball State 0
11:01- Andre Ellington 4-yard touchdown run. Chandler Catanzaro kick no-good.
No. 12 Clemson 13, Ball State 0
6:36 - Andre Ellington 2-yard touchdown run. Chandler Catanzaro kick good.
No. 12 Clemson 13, Ball State 7
4 plays, 92 yards, 1:22
No. 12 Clemson 21, Ball State 7
13:47- Tajh Boyd 13-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Andre Ellington rush.
No. 12 Clemson 21, Ball State 10
9:30- Steven Schott 45-yard field goal.
No. 12 Clemson 28, Ball State 10
8:42-Tajh Boyd 34-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Chandler Catanzaro kick good.
3 plays, 33-yards, :44
No. 12 Clemson 35, Ball State 10
5:36- Tajh Boyd 15-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Chandler Catanzaro kick good.
6 plays, 39-yards, 1:58
No. 12 Clemson 42, Ball State 10
3:27- Roderick McDowell 27-yard touchdown run. Chandler Catanzaro kick good.
4 plays, 36-yards, 1:17
No. 12 Clemson 45, Ball State 10
0:00- Spencer Benton 61-yard field goal.
No. 12 Clemson 45, Ball State 17
9 plays, 75 yards, 3:14
No. 12 Clemson 45, Ball State 20
1:30- Steven Schott 33-yard field goal.
8 plays, 43 yards, 2:45
No. 12 Clemson 52, Ball State 20
13:29- Cole Stoudt 22-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. Ammon Lakip kick good.
11 plays, 81 yards, 2:54
No. 12 Clemson 52, Ball State 27
9 plays, 56 yards, 3:42