Ball State defeats Colgate 30-10 in season opener

By Byron Jackson

MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State dominated from the kickoff and didn’t let up as they defeated Colgate 30-10 on Saturday at Scheumann Stadium..

 Coach Pete Lembo said it was a great way to start the season with a solid defense and quarterback Ozzie Mann who threw 20 for 32 passes with a single interception for 203 yards.

"He was Ozzie," said Lembo about Mann's debut as a Division 1 quarterback.

Mann added, "It was fun to get out there."

 Scott Secor kicked off the scoring with a 38 yard field goal in the first quarter to take an early 3-0 lead.

 Ball State then extended their lead to 10-0 on Mann's 34 yard touchdown pass to receiver KeVonn Mabon.  Mabon, who was playing in his first game after a season ending injury last year against North Texas, had career highs in receptions and yards, had 11 catches for 110 yards and 1 touchdown.  

In the second quarter,  Secor kicked his second field goal of 35 yards to take a 13-0 lead with 12:30 left in the first half.  Colgate finally scored their first points on a 4 yard run by John Maddaluna to cut the lead to 13-7 and would be the Patroits only touchdown. Ball State answered before halftime with a 19 yard scoring pass from Mann to Aaron Hepp to take a 20-7 lead.  

In the second half, Colgate’s attempt to go for it on 4th and 1 from their own 29 failed and Ball State capitalized, with Secor’s 3rd field goal to take a 23-7 lead with 6:30 left in the third.  Ball State extended their lead over Colgate to 30-7 with a 4 yard touchdown by Jahwan Edwards, with 1:14 left in the third quarter.  In the fourth, Jonah Bowman kicked a 37 yard field goal with 11:54 left to cap the scoring.  

 Mann, making his first collegiate start, played well overall with those 203 yards, along with two touchdowns.  Running backs Horactio Banks and Jahwan Edwards both ran the ball well, combining for 35 carries for 246 yards and the 4 yard touchdown run by Edwards.  This was the 20th time in Ball State history where two running backs both ran for over 100 yards.  Edwards is also fourth in Ball State history in 100 yard games with his 13th.  

Ball State’s 311 team rushing yards were the most since 2012 when they played Ohio.  Ball State dominated the time of possession with having the ball for a little over 36 minutes to Colgate’s 23 ½ minutes.  

 Lembo was overall satisfied with the team’s performance, talking to media afterwards. And Mann added, “The team needs to improve everyday”.

Ball State defense also played well, limiting Colgate’s offense to just 227 yards and 9 first downs, the fewest yards allowed since 2010 and the 9 first downs were the fewest allowed in nearly 14 years.  

Total attendance for Saturday's game was 9,659.  With the Ball State win, they start 1-0 on the season with a tough road game next week against Iowa. They return home Sept, 13 to play Indiana State that was beatened on Saturday by Indiana.

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