Topic: Athletics

November 24, 2008

Cardinal fans have a "Big Scheu" to fill — the 22,500 seats of Ball State University's Scheumann Stadium — for the final regular season football game.

"Ball State's students and the Muncie community have supported our team all season long," said Tom Collins, Ball State athletics director. "We need everyone to come out for the final regular season game and support the coaches and student-athletes for all of their hard work. We are in the midst of a record-setting season and preparing to play a game on national television. We want all of our fans and all the Muncie community to support the Cardinals Tuesday night."

The game against Western Michigan is at 7 p.m. Nov. 25. (The time was switched so the game can air on ESPN2.) Preceding the game will be the Cardinal Walk, which starts at 5 p.m. and allows fans to cheer for the players as they walk from the buses to the entrance of the locker room.

This season's 11 victories topped the old record of 10 wins in 1978, and this is the first time the team has cracked the top 25 rankings. Some additional factoids from this year's record-breaking season include:

  • Running back MiQuale Lewis has posted nine of his 10 100-yard games in this season alone and is the nation's fourth-leading scorer.
  • With his first pass attempt against Central Michigan, Nate Davis passed his brother, Jose, for career pass attempts on the Mid-American Conference record chart. (Jose played for Kent State University.)
  • Briggs Orsbon, a true freshman, is leading the team with 47 catches and averaging more than 50 receiving yards per game.
  • Center Dan Gerberry has not missed a start (47 straight) during his entire collegiate career.

But all of these statistics mean nothing without the full support of Cardinal fans. That's why Ball State supporters need to fill the stadium on Tuesday, Collins repeated.

For tickets, call 765-285-1474. If you donate a new blanket to the Rotary's Club blanket drive, you'll get one general admission ticket free.