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Football Set to Open Season Thursday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: August 26, 2013
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Game #1

Ball State Cardinals (0-0; MAC 0-0)
Head Coach:  Pete Lembo
Career Record:  94-46/13th year
At Ball State:  15-10/3rd year


Illinois State Redbirds
(0-0; MVC 0-0)
Head Coach:  Brock Spack
Career Record:  28-18/5th year
At Illinois State:  28-18/5th year


GameDay Information -- Thurs., Aug. 29, 2013 -- 7 p.m. (ET)
Scheumann Stadium (Capacity:  22,500)
Field Turf -- Muncie, Ind.

GameDay Sponsor: MutualBank
• WHITE OUT the Redbirds (Wear White to the Game)
• Tailgate Town Opens at 4 p.m. and Cardinal Walk at 4:45 p.m.
• SWIPE Student ID's at Gate 5 to earn points for Charlie's Crew Student Rewards Program

Ball State Radio Network
Flagship Station - WLBC FM 104.1
Joel Godett, play-by-play
Mark O'Connell, color analyst
Luke Martin, sidelines
Jeff Weller, host 

WCRD-Radio (Ball State Student Station)
91.3 FM
Tyler Bradfield, play-by-play
Sean Stewart, color analyst


Television/Internet -- ESPN3
Jim Barbar (Play-by-Play)
Rocky Boiman (Analyst)


Live Stats --

Tickets --


Listen to the Coach
•    Monday Night w/ the Red & White Radio Show at Applebee's 7-7:45
•    Football Insider Luncheon - Wed., Aug. 28 -- 11:45 a.m. at Ball State Alumni Center - $15 per person
•    Sept. 5 - Cardinal Endzone TV Show Featuring Head Coach Pete Lembo - 6 p.m. - WIPB-TV, Muncie

Follow the Cardinals:

Twitter: @bsuathletics

Twitter: @BSUCardsFB

Twitter: @Pete_Lembo

Facebook:  BallStateFootball

Ball State Football Quick Hits

Ball State finished the 2012 season with a 9-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Mid-American Conference action . . . The Cardinals' three regular season losses -- Clemson, Northern Illinois and Kent State -- were to teams that completed the regular season with a combined record of 33-5.

The nine wins in 2012 tied for the third most victories in a single season in school history and marked 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 won six straight games to end the regular season last year, marking its first six game winning streak since 2008.  The Cardinals ended the regular season with wins in their final five MAC games and their final four road games.
The Cardinals' six MAC wins in a single season were the most since their 8-0 campaign in 2008 . . . It marked only the second time since 1996 the Cardinals have won at least six league games.
Ball State was bowl eligible for a second straight season in 2012 and played in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl . . . 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 beat 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.
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