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Ball State Cardinals (1-1; MAC 0-0) vs.Buffalo Bulls (1-1; MAC 0-0)
Scheumann Stadium (Field Turf) -- Capacity: 22,500Muncie, Ind. -- Sat., Sept. 17 -- 7 p.m. (ET)
2011 Ball State Football Schedule(Won 1, Lost 1; MAC 0-0)
9/3 (Sat.) Ball State 27, Indiana 20 -- ESPN3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianaplis, Ind.
9/10 (Sat.) South Florida 37, Ball State 7 -- ESPN3
9/17 (Sat.) vs. Buffalo * (7:00)
9/24 (Sat.) vs. Army (2:00) Family Weekend
10/1 (Sat.) at Oklahoma (6:00)
10/8 (Sat.) vs. Temple * (2:00) Homecoming
10/15 (Sat.) at Ohio * (3:30) -- ESPN3/Sports Time Ohio
10/22 (Sat.) vs. Central Michigan * (2:00)
10/29 (Sat.) at Western Michigan * (2:00)
11/5 (Sat.) at Eastern Michigan * (Noon) -- ESPN Plus
11/15 (Tues.) at Northern Illinois * (7:00) -- ESPNU
11/25 (Fri.) vs. Toledo * (TBA) - ESPNU Tentative
* Mid-American Conference GameHome Games are BOLD AND IN ALL CAPSNOTE: Times listed are local time of home team
GameDay: Tickets for Saturdays game or any Ball State football game are available online at www.ballstatesports.com or by calling 1.888.BSU.TICKET.
Radio: Ball State Radio Network -- WLBC 104.1 FM Muncie (Morry Mannies, Play-by-Play; Mark OConnell, Analyst) Morry Mannies is in his 56th and final season as the play-by-play announcer for Ball State football and mens basketball . . . The Voice of the Cardinals announced his retirement from Ball State broadcasts Aug. 27, 2011. Sports Link Radio on WCRD (Ball State Student Station - FM 91.3) (Pat Boylan, Play-by-Play; Kyle Binder, Analyst)
Live Stats & Internet Radio: ballstatesports.com
Ball State 2011 Team Captains: Sean Baker (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield H.S.), Kreg Hunter (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon H.S.), Adam Morris (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto H.S.), Briggs Orsbon (Convoy, Ohio/Crestview H.S.) and Andrew Puthoff (St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry H.S.) have been selected as team captains for the 2011 season.
The Series: Ball State and Buffalo will be meeting for the ninth time in a series which dates back to the 1969 season . . . The two teams met in 1969 and 1970 and then continued the series after Buffalo became a member of the Mid-American Conference . . . The Cardinals own a 7-1 all-time advantage in the series, including a 3-0 mark in games played in Muncie, Ind. . . . Ball State won the first six games of the series before the Bulls tallied a 42-24 victory in the 2008 MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Mich. . . . The Cardinals tallied a 20-3 victory last season in Buffalo to take the 7-1 all-time lead.
A Year Ago: Ball State managed a 20-3 victory in Buffalo, N.Y., to improve to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the MAC lat season . . . Sean Baker set the Cardinals career in-terception record when he intercepted the 15th pass of his career with just under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter of the contest . . . Ball States defense limited the Bulls to 144 yards of total offense, including only 56 passing yards and 88 rushing yards . . . Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater H.S.) completed 18-of-26 passes for 174 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the victory.
Scouting Ball State: Ball State evened its record at 1-1 on the season after suffer-ing a 37-7 loss at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., to the nations No. 22 ranked South Florida Bulls . . . The Cardinals started its 2011 season with a 27-20 victory over Big Ten Conference foe Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . Ball State is averaging 160.5 passing yards and 143.5 rushing yards per game, while allowing 322.0 passing yards and 125.0 rushing yards a contest . . . Keith Wenning has completed 47-of-64 passes for 321 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions . . . Steven Schott (Massillon, Ohio/Washington H.S.) . . . Ball States top returnee is Sean Baker, who was named to the All-MAC Second Team plus was the Cardinals John Magnabosco Award winner as the teams most valuable player in 2010 . . . Jason Pinkston (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville H.S.) re-turns after starting all 12 games for the Cardinals in 2010 . . . Pinkston was named to the All-MAC Third Team a year ago.
Scouting BuffaloThe Record: Buffalo evened its record at 1-1 overall with a 35-7 home victory over Stony Brook . . . The Bulls opened the 2011 season with a 35-16 loss at Pittsburgh.
The Coach: Jeff Quinn (Elmhurst 84) is in his second season as the head coach at Buffalo . . . Quinn led the Bulls to a 2-10 record in 2010 . . . Quinn came to Buffalo after spending the previous three seasons at Cincinnati.
The Stats: Buffalo is averaging 146.0 rushing yards and 226.5 passing yards per contest, while allowing 207.5 rushing yards and 146.5 passing yards per contest . . . Chazz Anderson has completed 47-of-71 passes for 440 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season . . . Branden Oliver is lead-ing the Buffalo rushing attack with 120.0 rushing yards per contest and four rushing TDs.www.ballstatesports.com
Ball State Football
All interviews with Ball State football student-athletes or coaches must be arranged through
the Ball State Media Relations Office.To schedule an interview, please contact
associate athletics director Joe Hernandez at [email protected] or 765.285.8242
Monday: MAC Coaches Conference Call Call-In Number Provided by MAC ...Coach Lembo 10:10 (ET)Tuesday: Players and coaches are available after practice...Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday: Noon - Coach Lembo Press Conference at Alumni Center... Players and coaches are available after practice....Practice will begin at 3:45 p.m. Thursday: Coach Lembo will be available for a limited number of interviews ...Please schedule with Joe Hernandez
Football Office (765.285.8251)Head Coach: Pete Lembo (Georgetown 92)Career Record/Years: 80-36/11thRecord at Ball State/Years: 1-1/1st YearMAC Record/Years: 0-0/1st Year
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Rich Skrosky (Ramapo 87)Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Jay Bateman (Randolph-Macon 95)Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends: Joey Lynch (Ball State 07)Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs: Justin Lustig (Bucknell 00)Defensive Backs: Daryl Dixon (Florida 03)Wide Receivers: Keith Gaither (Elon 99)Safeties: Terry Lantz (Louisville 91)Offensive Line: John Strollo (Boston College 76)Defensive Line: Chad Wilt (Taylor 00)Assistant A.D. for Football Operations: Corey Bass (East Carolina 07)Director, Football Strength & Conditioning: David Feeley (Plymouth State 04)Equipment Manager: Tex Ritter (Akron 76)Video Coordinator: Jared Law (Ball State 09)Football Coaching Graduate Assistants: Patrick Henry (Defiance 05) Tim Kelly (Eastern Illinois 08)Strength & Conditioning Graduate Asst.: Brett McQuilkin (Elon 11)Football Operations Graduate Assistant: Thad Bogardus (Elon 11)Secretary: Marlene Mitchell
Team Information2010 Overall Record: 4-82010 MAC Record: 3-5Basic Offense: Multiple No HuddleBasic Defense: 4-3Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 53/16Starters Returning/Lost: 11/7
First Season at Ball State (2011)
20th Year as a Football CoachAlma Mater: Georgetown 92; Masters - Albany 94
Coaching Experience:Albany, Graduate Assistant, 1992-93Dartmouth, assistant, 1994-96Hampden-Sydney, assistant, 1997Lehigh, assistant, 1998-2000
Lehigh, head coach, Elon, head coach, Ball State, head coach,2001-05 2006-10 20112005: 8-3 2010: 6-5 2011: 1-12004: 9-3 2009: 9-32003: 8-3 2008: 8-42002: 8-4 2007: 7-42001: 11-1 2006: 5-6Lehigh Totals: 44-14 Elon Totals: 35-22 Ball State Totals: 1-1
Career Head Coaching Record: 80-37
NOTES: Opened his Ball State coaching career with a 27-20 victory over Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . Led Elon to 35 victories in five years after taking over a program that tallied a 14-42 record in the five years prior to his arrival . . . managed a 24-14 career record in the Southern Conference while at Elon . . . 2007 Southern Confer-ence Coach of the Year . . . raised the NCAA Academic Progress Rate at Elon to 971 in 2009-10 and a four year average of 965 . . . the 2010 team averaged 435.2 yards of total offense per game, the fourth straight year the Phoenix averaged more than 400 yards per game on offense . . . led Elon to the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the first time in the history of the program . . . the nine wins in 2009 tied the school record for most wins since 1999 . . . Elon spent two weeks ranked third in the nation in 2008, while the 7-4 record in 2007 was the schools first winning campaign since 2000 . . . led Elon to final rankings in the top-25 in three of his last four seasons -- 23rd in 2007, 17th in 2008 and ninth in 2009 . . . led Lehigh to the 2001 and 2004 Patriot League Championship and berths in the FCS Playoffs . . . his .759 winning percentage at Lehigh was the highest for a head coach in the schools history . . . named the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year and the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2001 . . . as an assistant at Dartmouth, helped the team to a 10-0 record and the Ivy League Championship in 1996 . . . as an assistant at Lehigh, helped the team to a 12-1 record in 1998, a 10-2 mark in 1999 and a 12-1 ledger in 2000, and three straight Patriot League Championships.
Date of Birth: April 16, 1970, in Staten Island, N.Y.Marital Status: Married to the former Jenifer Kochis three children -- Sophia, A.J. and VictoriaHigh School: Monsignor Farrell H.S. in Staten Island, N.Y.College: Bachelors - Georgetown 92; Masters - Albany 94
NOTES: Four-year starter as an offensive lineman at Georgetown . . . team captain as a senior in the 1991 se