TOLEDO,Ohio-- The Ball State Cardinals are 6 and 0 folks.Yes thats right,6-0.It's been over 40 years since someone has been able to say that,and I'm glad I'm the one who gets to say it this morning.For the first time ever,Ball State football is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Polls,coming in early this morning in 25th place.
The Cardinal's traveled to Toledo Saturday night, making it one cold homecoming for the Rockets. The fans at the Glass Bowl witnessed a combination of good defense's and a slow start to the offenses.Ball State's defense held Toledo to 4 yards on 13 carries and only 32 yards of total offense in the first half.The stingy play of BSU's Defense didn't let down in the second half,allowing just 14 yards rushing and 157 total yards of offense from the Rockets when the final whistle blew.
Toledo,who averages over 200 rushing yards a game this season,wasn't really able to get anything going all day it seemed.The strong defensive line up front,and the fast backers of Ball State helped them pitch their first shut out since the 2000 campaign.
Ball State Safety Sean Baker,who was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Akron a few weeks back,once again led the charge.Baker seemed to be in on every play,pacing the defense with 7 tackles."It feels great knowing you held a team to zero points," Sean said, "Every week we try to play with toughness and effort."
"It's always satisfying," Head Coach Brady Hoke said of the shutout. "If they don't score, they can't win."
The Ball State offense snapped back into form when the second half resumed,marching down the field for a touchdown in their first series after the break.Quarterback Nate Davis ended the day passing on 18 of 30 for 242 yards while rushing for a one yard score.Briggs Orsbon was again Davis' top target, gaining 76 yards on 6 catches.
Quale Lewis led the offense through out the day,but freshman Cory Sykes had some very nice carries for a total of 90 yards.Sykes showed his amazing speed on a 57-yard burst to pay dirt for the Cardinal's final score of the day.
#25 Ball State travel's to Western Kentucky next week to take on a struggling 2-4 Hilltoppers team.With WKU's two losses to ranked opponents so far this season,The Cardinal's look to push that number to three and continue their surge for a BCS Bowl game birth.
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