Boston College - Ball State Matchup

The Boston College Eagles open the 2004 season on Thursday, September 2nd against the Ball State Cardinals. The game will be played under the lights at Ball State Stadium in Muncie, Indiana. Last September, the Eagles walloped the Cardinals, 53-29 at Alumni Stadium. In honor of Ball State's most famous alum, David Letterman, I've put together The Top Ten Things to Know About Ball State Football:

  • 10. Ball State was 4-8 last season and gave up 35 points or more seven times.
  • 9. Ball State returns a total of 12 starters from last season - 8 on offense and 4 on defense.
  • 8. Ball State Stadium holds 21,255 fans.
  • 7. Ball State will start only five seniors on Thursday.
  • 6. Ball State is coached by Brady Hoke. Hoke was an assistant under Lloyd Carr at Michigan before taking the head coaching job at Ball State.
  • 5. Ball State's starting quarterback, Sophomore Joey Lynch, threw only 3 passes last season.
  • 4. Ball State ranks 20th among the 117 Division 1A football programs in graduation rate.
  • 3. The Boston College offensive line outweighs the Ball State defensive line by an average of 47 pounds per man. The Ball State offensive line outweighs the BC defensive line by an average of only 17 pounds.
  • 2. Ball State's top returning defense player is Justin Beriault who had 145 tackles in 2003.

And the #1 thing to know about Ball State football ...

  • 1. Ball State's top returning offensive player is Receiver Dante Ridgeway who caught 89 passes for 1,075 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

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