Football Team Travels to Kent State Saturday
Ball State Cardinals (3-1; MAC 1-0)
Head Coach: Pete Lembo
Career Record: 88-43/12th year
At Ball State: 9-7/2nd year
Kent State Golden Flashes (2-1; MAC 1-0)
Head Coach: Darrell Hazell
Career Record: 7-8/2nd year
At Kent State: 7-8/2nd year
Sat., Sept. 29, 2012 -- Noon (ET)
Dix Stadium (Capacity: 20,500) -- Field Turf -- Kent, Ohio
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Ball State Football Quick Hits . . . . . .
* Ball State tallied a 31-27 home victory Saturday over South Florida from the Big East Conference. The win marked a second straight win for the Cardinals over a Bowl Championship Subdivision school from one of the six automatic qualifying conferences.
* The Cardinals have now beaten two teams from the BCS AQ 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. The win over Indiana marked the third straight meeting between the two teams the Cardinals have won. Ball State also defeated the Hoosiers in 2008 in Bloomington, Ind. (42-20) and in 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. (27-20).
* Ball State is off to a 3-1 start for the second straight season. The Cardinals' 3-1 start in 2011 was the best start for the program since beginning the 2008 campaign with a 4-0 mark. This marks the first time Ball State has started back-to-back seasons with at least a 3-1 record since the 1964 and 1965 teams started the year with 4-0 slates.
* Ball State ranks 20th in the nation in rushing offense with a 239.0 yards-per-game average.
* The Cardinals have played on television 26 times in the last three seasons and are scheduled for at least three more TV appearances the rest of this season. In addition, the Mid-American Conference has announced Ball State's Oct. 6 game will be on ESPN3. The Cardinals are already scheduled for ESPN3 game at Kent State and the final game of the season at Miami University will be either ESPNU or ESPN3.
* In net punting, Ball State ranks 14th in the NCAA statistics with a 41.29 average. The Cardinals are tied for 14th in the nation in punt return yardage defense. Ball State has allowed only two punt returns on 17 punts in 2012 for a 2.0 yards-per-return average.
* Ball State is seventh in the nation for fewest sacks allowed after allowing only 0.5 sacks per game in the first four games of 2012. The Cardinals finished the 2011 season ranked 12th in the nation after allowing only 11 sacks on the season.
* Sophomore wide receiver Willie Snead (Belle Glade, Fla./Muskegon, Mich. H.S.) caught a career high 11 passes for 135 yards vs. South Florida . . . He became the second Ball State player to top the 100-yard receiving mark in a game this season . . . Jamill Smith (Muncie, Ind./South H.S.), who set a career high with nine catches at Indiana, tallied 119 receiving yards in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan.
* Snead made a game-winning touchdown reception vs. South Florida with 1:02 remaining in the contest that gave Ball State a 31-27 lead . . . The TD catch was the fourth of his career and he led the Cardinals in receiving yards for a third straight game.
* Ball State junior quarterback Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater H.S.), who threw for 244 yards vs. South Florida, became only the fourth quarterback in Ball State history to pass for 5,000 or more yards in a career . . . He has now passed for 5,020 yards in his career . . . Wenning needs 883 passing yards to move into third on Ball State's career passing chart and move past Talmadge Hill, who threw for 5,902 yards from 2000-03.
* Wenning, who made his 26th career start vs. South Florida, threw his 37th and 38th career touchdown passes against the Bulls and now ranks fourth on Ball State's all-time list . . . He moved past current assistant coach Joey Lynch, who threw 37 TD passes from 2003-06.
* Senior placekicker Steven Schott (Massillon, Ohio/Washington H.S.), who has connected on 54 consecutive extra point kicks, made a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter vs. USF and has now made 18-of-19 field goals from 39 yards or less in his career . . . Schott also extended his extra points made streak which is the second longest in program history, trailing only Ian McGarvey's 63 in a row during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
* Ball State recorded two interceptions vs. South Florida with one on the final play of each half . . . Sophomore safety Brian Jones (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park H.S.) intercepted the first pass of his career on the final play of the first half . . . Sophomore cornerback Eric Patterson (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant H.S.) intercepted his first career pass on the final play of the game and sealed the victory for the Cardinals.
* Senior linebacker Tony Martin (Park Hills, Mo./Central H.S.) had a game high 14 tackles vs. South Florida to match his career high mark that he posted at Eastern Michigan in 2010 . . . Junior cornerback Jeffery Garrett (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis H.S.) had a career high 13 tackles against USF.
* Scouting Kent State: Kent State improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference with a 23-7 win at Buffalo Wed., Sept. 19 . . . Kent State opened the season with a 41-21 home win over Towson, and then suffered a 47-14 loss at Kentucky . . . The Flashes are scoring 26.0 points per game, while allowing 25.0 a contest . . . KSU is rushing for 174.0 yards and passing for 186.0 yards per game . . . The Flashes are allowing 141.0 rushing yards and 237.7 passing yards per tilt.
* Series vs. Kent State: Ball State and Kent State have met 25 times in football and the Cardinals own a 19-6 advantage in the series that dates back to 1977 . . . In games played at Kent State, Ball State owns a 9-3 all-time edge . . . Kent State tallied a 33-14 win in the last meeting in 2010 in a game played in Kent, Ohio . . . Ball State has won 14 of the last 16 meetings overall.