BALL STATE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. TOLEDO
Ball State and Toledo both enter this week’s matchup at 2-1, one game behind MAC West Division-leading Western Michigan at the halfway point of this year’s six-game schedule. Toledo’s only loss came against the Broncos in the final minute. Eight of Ball State’s past 11 games have been decided by a touchdown or less, including all three games this season. BSU is 4-4 in those eight games, including single-score wins the past two weeks over Eastern Michigan (38-31) and Northern Illinois (31-25) in the annual Battle for the Bronze Stalk. Senior RB Caleb Huntley set a school record last week with his seventh straight 100- yard rushing game. It is the second-longest active streak in the FBS, behind only Breece Hall of Iowa State (eight). He also has a seven-game touchdown streak, having scored 13 TDs in that stretch. Huntley ranks sixth nationally with 145.7 rushing yards per game. He needs 98 more yards to become the seventh back in BSU history to reach 3,000 career yards. Junior WR Yo’Heinz Tyler has caught touchdown passes in back-to-back games. Coming off his first career 100-yard receiving game against NIU to help BSU retain the Bronze Stalk, Tyler ranks third in the MAC with 19 receptions (senior WR Justin Hall is fourth with 18). Senior SAF Bryce Cosby (14) and senior ILB Jaylin Thomas (13) combined for 27 tackles in last week’s win over NIU. Thomas is the MAC’s active leader in career tackles with 244, while Cosby is second with 243. Ball State, which led the MAC with 15 interceptions and 24 total takeaways last season, registered its first INT of the season last week on a 71-yard pick-six by junior CB Amechi Uzodinma II. It was BSU’s first touchdown on an interception return since Charlie Todd against Liberty in 2010. BSU faces a Toledo team that ranks among the top 25 nationally in both total offense (504.7, 14th) and total defense (327.3, 21st). The Rockets are averaging 40.3 points and allowing only 24.0. Toledo’s time of possession average (36:40) ranks third in the country.
Ball State’s 52 points in last year’s Homecoming win over Toledo were the most ever for the Cardinals in the series. The victory snapped a five-game Rockets winning streak in the series. Saturday’s matchup features three of the top four active career rushers in the MAC in BSU’s Caleb Huntley (2,902, 2nd) and Toledo’s Bryant Koback (2,405, 3rd) and Shakif Seymour (2,135, 4th). (List on p. 5). 8 Toledo owns the MAC’s top rushing defense, allowing only 108.7 yards per game on the ground. Ball State averages 228.0 rushing yards this season, third in the MAC. The Cardinals have topped 200 yards in all three games this year and 10 times in the past 11 games dating back to last season. Ball State’s 374 rushing yards in last year’s win over the Rockets were the most by a BSU team since 2009. The Rockets have won three straight over the Cardinals at the Glass Bowl. Ball State’s last win at Toledo came in 2012 when the Rockets were ranked No. 23 nationally. QB Keith Wenning threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, two to WR Jamill Smith, that night. RB Jahwan Edwards ran for 105 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:43 left.