Ball State Cardinals
Scheumann Stadium (22,500/FieldTurf)
Saturday, September 22 • 4:30 p.m. • BIG EAST Network
Television - WATCH LIVE
BIG EAST Network — Eamon McAnaney and David Diaz-Infante
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between USF and Ball State … The only previous matchup was USF’s 37-7 win last season at Raymond James Stadium … The Bulls scored the first 37 points of the game, had a 33-12 advantage in first downs and finished with 519 yards of offense … USF QB B.J. Daniels threw for 359 yards and a touchdown in the win.
USF (2-1, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-12, third season at USF
87-62, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF lost a battle of early unbeaten teams with a 23-13 setback to Rutgers last Thursday, leaving the Bulls at 2-1 on the year … USF opened with wins against Chattanooga (34-13) and at Nevada (32-31) … Since 2006, USF has gone 32-5 in nonconference games, but is 17-26 in BIG EAST games in that span … USF has lost seven turnovers through three games … .QB B.J. Daniels has thrown for 850 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions … Daniels also is the Bulls’ second-leading rusher at 41.3 yards per game … WR Andre Davis is second in the BIG EAST in both receptions (7.0 per game) and receiving yards (96.0 ypg) … Davis has two touchdown catches … USF will be without WR Sterling Griffin for the rest of the season after Griffin suffered a knee injury against Nevada in Week 2 … LB DeDe Lattimore leads the team with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … LB Sam Barrington has 21 stops and 3.0 tackles for loss … The Bulls do not have a defensive interception yet this season … USF is averaging 3.0 sacks per game, good for 15th nationally … K Maikon Bonani is the BIG EAST’s active career scoring leader (257 points).
BALL STATE (2-1; 1-0 MAC)
Pete Lembo (Georgetown ’92)
8-7, second season
87-43, 12th season as collegiate head coach
Ball State improved to 2-1 with a 41-39 win at Indiana last Saturday for their third straight series win against the Hoosiers … The Cardinals opened the season with a 37-26 win against Eastern Michigan and dropped a 52-27 decision at Clemson … Ball State ranks 14th nationally in rushing (262.33 yards per game) and has rushed for at least 206 yards in each of its first three games … The Cardinals were 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference in 2011, Pete Lembo’s first year as head coach … Ball State has forced just one turnover in three games … The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 45-0 in the third quarter … QB Keith Wenning will make his 26th consecutive start for the Cardinals and enters Saturday’s game ranked fourth in school history in passing (4,776 yards) … Wenning has completed 68 of 114 passes for 617 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in 2012 … RB Jahwan Edwards is averaging 110.7 rushing yards per game … LB Travis Freeman leads the team with 33 tackles … K Stephen Scott has gone 7-of-8 on field goal attempts, including successful kicks from 51 and 52 yards.