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EMU at Ball State open thread

October 16, 2010

If you’re not able to make it to EMU’s 1001st football game this afternoon, there are several other ways to keep up to date.

  • This game will not be televised at all. Live streaming video will be available on Ball State’s website. The cheapest subscription is $9.95 for one month.
  • Listen to the game on WEMU, 89.1 FM. Or, if you’re out of the area, listen online for free.
  • If you hunt around online, you’ll find several websites claiming to have free streaming video of the game. I’m dubious, and the sites seem sketchy, so I won’t link them here, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you look.

You could also talk about it in the comments here.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2010 2:27 pm

    Halftime summary:

    Ball State came out fast in the first half, or maybe it would be better to say that EMU came out stumbling. The Cardinals jumped to a 21-0 start, while EMU struggled with Alex Gillet going 0-5 with an interception and Sean Graham missing two field goals (33 and 40 yards) which would have given EMU an early 6-0 lead.

    EMU started to get their act together, putting together a nice 86-yard 4:28 drive culminating in Gillett running in a touchdown to get to 21-7. But the Eagles kicked off right to Eric Williams — I told you how dangerous he was — who returned it 92 yards to put the score at 28-7. EMU went right back down the field, and scored again with a 73-yard Gillett pass to Hoskins.

    And so, at halftime, the Eagles are down 14-28. Not out of hand, but not looking pretty.

  2. October 16, 2010 2:43 pm

    Looking at the halftime stats, EMU is actually playing reasonably well — much better than the score would suggest. The Eagles are averaging more than 7 yards per play, while holding the Cardinals under 5 yards per play. There are really three things that held EMU back in the first half: turnovers, hidden yards (e.g. kickoff returns), and drive-ending incompletions. Fix one or two of those in the second half, and this is still a game the Eagles can win.

  3. October 16, 2010 2:54 pm

    EMU comes out of halftime looking like they REALLY want this game.

    In the last 8-and-a-half minutes, EMU has exceeded their per-game scoring average (17.5).

    EMU’s last four drives:
    86 yards, 10 plays, TD
    80 yards, 2 plays, TD
    -1 yard, 1 play, time expired
    69 yards, 10 plays, TD

    • October 16, 2010 2:57 pm

      Not just the offense, either.

      EMU’s defense has now stopped Ball State on two consecutive possessions.

      31 yards, 8 plays, punt from the Ball State 49
      22 yards, 5 plays, punt from the Ball State 48

  4. October 16, 2010 3:02 pm

    And with another 80-yard drive, EMU now has a season-high 28 points, and the game is tied!

  5. October 16, 2010 3:46 pm

    This is a tremendously exciting game. If you’re not there and not watching it online, turn on your radio or find that audio stream and listen.

    EMU took a 35-28 lead with about 4 minutes to go, then let Ball State march right down the field, aided by two key EMU penalties. Ball State scored a TD with 45 seconds left, and we’re now waiting for the PAT.

    • October 16, 2010 3:48 pm

      PAT is good, game is tied at 35 with 34 seconds left. Ball State lining up to kick off to EMU.

  6. October 16, 2010 3:53 pm

    Overtime, here we come!

    EMU won the coin toss, and elected to go on defense first. I agree with that call, because when EMU goes on offense, they’ll know what they need to do.

    • October 16, 2010 3:55 pm

      Have I ever mentioned that I love the way college football does overtime?

      It’s probably the most exciting overtime of any sport at any level.

      • October 16, 2010 3:57 pm

        EMU defense comes up with a stop, Ball State makes the long FG.

        EMU offense needs a FG to go to another OT, a TD to win.

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