2007 Ball State Cardinals football team

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2007 Ball State Cardinals football
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MAC West Division co-champion
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
2007 record 7–6 (5–2 MAC)
Head coach Brady Hoke
Offensive coordinator Stan Parrish
Defensive coordinator Mark Smith
Home stadium Scheumann Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Mid-American Conference football standings
Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East Division
Miami xy   4 2         5 2         6 7  
Bowling Green x   4 2         6 2         8 5  
Buffalo x   4 2         5 3         5 7  
Ohio   3 3         4 4         6 6  
Temple   3 3         4 4         4 8  
Akron   2 4         3 5         4 8  
Kent State   1 5         1 7         3 9  
West Division
Central Michigan xy$   4 1         6 1         8 6  
Ball State x   4 1         5 2         7 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 2         3 4         4 8  
Western Michigan   2 3         3 4         5 7  
Toledo   2 3         3 5         5 7  
Northern Illinois   0 5         1 6         2 10  
Championship: Central Michigan 35, Miami 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Ball State Cardinals football team competed in football on behalf of the Ball State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They won the majority of their games, led by their quarterback Nate Davis who threw 20+ touchdown passes connecting to receivers Dante Love and Darius Hill for more than 10 touchdown passes combined.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 pm Miami (OH) Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN Comcast L 13–14   15,488
September 8 12:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI Comcast W 38–16   5,794
September 15 5:00 pm at Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CSTV W 34–31 OT  32,087
September 22 12:30 pm at No. 24 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 40–41   84,394
September 29 12:00 pm Buffalo Scheumann Stadium • Muncie, IN W 49–14   14,333
October 6 12:00 pm Central Michigan Scheumann Stadium • Muncie, IN WNDY L 38–58   9,617
October 13 2:00 pm WKU*dagger Scheumann Stadium • Muncie, IN W 35–12   15,824
October 20 2:00 pm at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI Comcast W 27–23   17,892
October 27 11:00 am at Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 17–28   55,578
November 3 12:00 pm at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 20–38   34,406
November 13 7:30 pm Toledo Scheumann Stadium • Muncie, IN ESPN2 W 41–20   10,162
November 24 3:00 pm at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL Comcast W 27–21   8,237
January 5 12:00 pm vs. Rutgers* Rogers CentreToronto, ON (International Bowl) ESPN2 L 30–52   31,455
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Season[edit]

The Cardinals finished the regular season 7–5, reaching their first bowl game since 1996. The team has tallied victories against Eastern Michigan, Navy, Buffalo, Western Michigan, WKU and Toledo, while being defeated by Miami (Ohio), Nebraska, Central Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Nate Davis (57.6% comp., 1928 yds., 18 TD, 3 INT), junior tight end Darius Hill (35 rec., 517 rec. yds., 6 TD), junior wide receiver Dante Love (44 rec., 643 rec. yds., 7 TD), and freshman running back Frank Edmonds (347 rushing yds., 5 TD).

The most impressive win of the season came at home against Buffalo, where the Cards, anchored by three Nate Davis passing TDs and two Frank Edmonds rushing TDs, won 49–14. The worst defeat of the season, in what was being billed by many as a showcase for who would represent the Western Division in the MAC Championship game, was at the hands of the Central Michigan Chippewas, who routed the Cardinals 58–38. The Chippewas passing/running sensation, sophomore QB Dan LeFevour put in his finest aerial performance of the season to date, completing 30 of 38 passes (5 TD/1 INT) while also adding 146 yards rushing yards on 16 carries (1 TD).

Players[edit]

  • Nate Davis: Passing Yards-3000+ yards and 25 + touchdown passes
  • Dante Love: 70+ receptions, 1000+ receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.
  • Darius Hill: 40+ receptions, 650+ receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns.
  • Frank Edmonds: 121 rushes, 466 rushing yards, 3.9yrds/per carry, and 6 touchdowns.
  • Chris Miller: All American First Team punter.

HB MiQuale Lewis only played 4 games following an ACL injury, but ran for 447 rushing yards, 4.9 yards/per carry, and 2 touchdowns. He also put up 111.8 rushing yards a game.