Ball State and Toledo always a 50-50 toss up in football
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA - Ball State always had its hands full with Toledo on the football field and the team has to contend with an explosive offense with two quarterbacks and a big lineman defense.
"There is a tremendous institutional commitment," said Ball State Coach Pete Lembo, about the Rockets' program. "And they recruit high end athletes
The Cardinals now 3-1 and at the top of the western Mid American Conference will play the Rockets Saturday at 3 p.m. in Scheumann Stadium. The game is broadcast on ESPN 3.
With the team scoring on the first possession in the first four games and the return of receiver Jahwan Edwards, the Cardinals offense also have scored 169 points in those first four games, more than any Ball State team in history.
And quarterback Keith Wenning is only one of two football bowl subdivision quarterbacks with at least 300 yards in the first four games.
But Lembo recalled how Toledo was ranked 23rd last year and Ball State got out with just a 34-27 win. The history shows Toledo winning one more game than Ball State with a 19-18-1 all time record.
Veteran Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens already has thrown for 576 yards with two touchdowns this season. After an injury, freshman quarterback Logan Woodside stepped up and passed for 212 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Central Michigan game.
The Toledo no hurdle offense will keep Ball State hurried, and Lembo said the Rockets have that trio of offense, defense and special teams that will be best the Cardinals will see all season.
The Cardinals explosive offense romped over Eastern Michigan 51-20 as Edwards joined receivers Horactio Banks, Jamill Smith and Willy Sneed in touchdowns, And that win was the largest margin in five years when Ball State beat Northern Illinois 45-14.
When home game attendance dropped after the home opener last month, Ball State is now offering a ticket deal with the four remaining games to get fans in the stands. That number is 1-888-BSU-TICKET.