Bowl Eligible Football Team On ESPNU Tuesday
Ball State Cardinals (6-4; MAC 4-2) at
Northern Illinois Huskies (7-3; MAC 5-1)
Huskie Stadium - Field Turf
DeKalb, Ill. -- Tues., Nov. 15
7 p.m. (CT) -- 8 p.m. (ET)
Television: Ball State's game at Northern Illinois will be nationally televised on ESPNU . . . Rob Stone (PBP) and Danny Kanell (analyst).
Radio: Ball State Radio Network -- WLBC 104.1 FM Muncie (Morry Mannies, Play-by-Play; Mark O'Connell, Analyst)
Morry Mannies is in his 56th and final season as the play-by-play
announcer for Ball State football and men's basketball . . . The
"Voice of the Cardinals" announced his retirement from Ball State
broadcasts Aug. 27, 2011.
Sports Link Radio on WCRD (Ball State Student Station - FM 91.3)
(Pat Boylan, Play-by-Play; Kyle Binder, Analyst)
Live Stats & Internet Radio: ballstatesports.com
Ball State 2011 Team Captains: Sean Baker (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield H.S.), Kreg Hunter (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon H.S.), Adam Morris (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto H.S.), Briggs Orsbon (Convoy, Ohio/Crestview H.S.) and Andrew Puthoff (St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry H.S.) have been selected as team captains for 2011.
Scouting Ball State: Ball State improved to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference with a 33-31 victory at Eastern Michigan . . . With its sixth victory of the year, the Cardinals have become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2008 season . . . Ball State's game at Northern Illinois marks the third straight road games for the Cardinals . . . Ball State is averaging 143.0 rushing yards and 233.0 passing yards per game in 2011, while allowing opponents 210.0 rushing yards and 280.7 passing yards a contest . . . Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater H.S.) has completed 228-of-354 passes for 2,233 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season . . . Jahwan Edwards (Matthews, N.C./Butler H.S.) leads the Cardinals with 68.1 rushing yards per game and 10 rushing touchdowns . . . Briggs Orsbon leads the Cardinals with 52 catches, 498 receiving yards and four touchdown catches . . . Travis Freeman (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville H.S.) leads Ball State with 101 total tackles plus has added six tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception . . . Sean Baker, who is Ball State's career interceptions leader, has 66 tackles, two TFLs, one sack, two interceptions and four pass breakups.
Last Game Highlights: Ball State's Steven Schott (Massillon, Ohio/Washington H.S.) kicked a 44-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game . . . Torieal Gibson (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville H.S.) caught a 94-yard pass from Keith Wenning for the Cardinals first score of the game . . . Jamill Smith (Muncie, Ind/South H.S.) tallied a career long 78-yard kickoff return.
• Ball State is 20-13 in its last 33 MAC games . . . The Cardinals won their final three MAC games in 2007 and all eight league contests in 2008 for 11 straight conference victories, which is the second longest league winning streak in school history.
Scouting Northern Illinois
The Huskies: Northern Illinois is 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference after tallying a 45-14 win at Bowling Green Tuesday night.
The Coach: Dave Doeren (Drake '94) is in his first year as the head coach at Northern Illinois and his first season as a collegiate head coach . . . Doeren came to NIU after spending the previous five seasons at Wisconsin.
Scouting NIU: The Huskies average 41.6 points per game, while allowing 33.4 per contest . . . Northern Illinois is averaging 250.4 rushing yards and 235.8 passing yards per game, while allowing 248.3 passing yards and 189.9 rushing yards a contest . . . Chandler Harnish has completed 168-of-267 passes for 2,256 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions . . . Harnish also leads the team in rushing with a 102.2 yards-per-game average . . . Nathan Palmer leads the Huskies with 34 catches for 473 yards and four TDs.