Good day. I hope you had an enjoyable Holiday weekend. Hopefully you got a chance to catch some of the action last Thursday night at Scheumann Stadium. If not, you missed out. Let’s get into some of the positives from Ball State’s 37-26 win over Eastern Michigan.
- The motto “Rise Up” is no fluke, and the Cardinals proved it Thursday night…I mentioned this in my column, Poz’s Points over the weekend (http://bit.ly/S5jXEm). After heading into the locker room tied at 13-13, the Cardinals came out in the second half and completely dominated, which was encouraging to see, considering the relatively slow start in the opening 30 minutes.
- Jahwan Edwards has solidified himself as a premiere running back on this team and in the Mid-American Conference…The true sophomore battered the Eagles’ defense all game long. He ran up and down the field at will, recording a career-high 202 yards and three touchdowns. He put this game on his shoulders. His 75-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage to begin the third quarter altered the game significantly, giving the Cardinals the momentum and deflating what energy the Eagles had left in the tank. And Edwards was named MAC West division Player of the Week for his performance.
- Steven Schott has a golden leg…Literally, the kid is “Mr. Clutch.” After nailing a game-winning career-long 44-yard field goal to beat Easter Michigan 33-30 last season, Schott booted a 52-yard kick, setting a new career-long against the Eagles last Thursday night.
One thing I didn’t like…
- Too many penalties…Even though the game was for the most part under control, the Cardinals shot themselves in the foot too many times with foolish penalties. Receiver Willie Snead was flagged twice, once for holding and once for pass interference. That’s unacceptable, especially from a receiver. The holding penalty negated a 17-yard rush by Edwards on the opening drive. On BSU’s second drive, Snead’s pass interference penalty led to a field goal instead of what could have been a touchdown.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading,