Ball State Opens Season with a Win

Some insights, news and notes from the opening game on the 2014 season for Ball State.

Ball State looked mildly impressive on Saturday as they opened the season with an easy 30-10 victory over Colgate.

The Cardinals, breaking in a new starting QB, played pretty vanilla on both side of the ball, but were able to dominate on the ground to the tune of 311 yards led by Horactio Bank’s 134 yards and Jahwan Edwards’ 109 yards and a touchdown.

Ozzie Mann, who started his first career game on Saturday, looked very solid. He was able to manage the game and take advantage of the 7-10 yard cushion that Colgate was giving his receivers. Although he did not complete many passes downfield, he was able to get his receivers in position to make plays after the catch which they did. Leading the way in receiving was Kevonn Mabon who had career bests with 11 receptions and 110 yards along with a touchdown.

News & Notes

Ball State’s defense played well on the afternoon, giving up just 9 first downs (4 of which came on one drive) and 90 yards rushing to a team that is very much a run-first offense.

With starting ST Drake Miller out with a hand injury, Ball State started 3 former walk-ons on Saturday on the o-Line. C Jacob Richard, QG Jeremiah Harvey and ST Nick Plavchak are all former walk-ons and all started in the game. For Harvey & Plavchak, it was their first career starts.

Ball State Head Coach Pete Lembo always points out his love of redshirting freshmen and how that year off gets them acclimated better to the life of a collegiate athlete. However, Lembo also lives by the idea that the best players will play, regardless of class. Saturday saw 3 true freshmen all make an impact on the game. Freshman WR Corey Lacanaria picked up his first career reception for 19 yards and Fr. Jordan Hogue also had a reception for 3 yards. Fr. RB Darian Green got 7 carries for 35 yards in the fourth quarter. Look for all three to continue to make plays this season.

Injuries took a toll on Saturday. With Miller out along with SLOT Ralph Smith – the Cardinals entered the game shorthanded. During the game, the Cardinals also saw the days of WRs Shane Belle and Jordan Williams cut short to ankle injuries (both expected to make it back on the field next week) as well as S De’Shaun Hurley who injured a knee.

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