Ball State: The Tale of the Tape

The Ball State (Indiana) Cardinals are 3-6 this season thus far, and 3-3 in the Mid American Conference. The Ball State attack features a potent passing game -- one of the nation's best -- and a below average running game. The Ball State punter and place kicker are outstanding. And the Cardinal's defense so far ... not so good.

The Ball State Season so far (3-6, 3-3 in the MAC):
1. Ball State 38, EMU 20
2. Indiana 24, Ball State 23
3. Purdue 38, Ball State 28
4. N. Dakota State 29, Ball State 24
5. Northern Illinois 40. Ball State 28
6. Ball State 55, Buffalo 25
7. Central Michigan 18, Ball State 7
8. Western Michigan 41, Ball State 27
9. Ball State 20, Miami 17

Overall, on offense Ball State is averaging a healthy 350.8 yards a game; however the porous Cardinal defense is giving up 450.5 yards per game.

The Ball State Passing Attack

Ball State is 11th in the nation in passing efficiency. The Cardinals lead the MAC in passing (and are 14th in the country) with 264.7 yards per game, and are 3rd in the nation in TD passes with 23.

- True freshman QB Nate Davis has started the last 5 games (and played in the 1st 4 as well), and is 101-152 (.664 completion rate) for 1,245 yards and 14 TDs and 6 ints. He is 12th in the nation in passing efficiency.
- QB Joey Lynch started the 1st 4 games, going 82-125 for 1,137 yards, 9 TDs and 3 ints .

The Ball State running attack is averaging just 86.1 yards per game.

On defense, Ball State is giving up 160.7 yards a game on the ground and 289.6 yards a game in the air.

Ball State Special Teams:

Ball State punter Chris Miller ranks fourth in the nation in punting with a 45.59 average.
v Ball State place kicker Brian Jackson is 11-12 this season, with a long on 52 yards vs. Indiana.

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