Thoughts on the first half

Despite some early troubles (and there has been plenty), IU has been able to finally get a hold on the game and they lead 24-10 at the break. It’s definitely been and up and down type of match-up, with Ball State striking first and later extending their lead to 10-3.

But the Hoosiers fought back. Ray Fischer caught a pass from Kellen Lewis and bolted 70 yards, weaving in and out of the Cardinal defense on his way towards the endzone. It seemed like that play really ignited a stagnant Hoosier crowd disappointed from the first part of the game.

On Ball State’s next drive, a unlikely Hoosier stepped into the starring role for IU. Chris Phillips, a backup cornerback, picked off a Nate Davis pass and sprinted 58 yards, untouched, for the score. And a few minutes after Lewis found James Hardy for a 21-yard score, it seemed like IU finally had a grasp on the game.

It’s important to note that Kellen Lewis hasn’t played like himself today. His turnover issues have continued (he’s lost two fumbles and thrown an interception) and he’s been making uncharacteristically poor decisions in the pocket. He made strides late in the second quarter though, scrambling for first downs and making a nice throw to Hardy for the score. But there’s no telling what could happen in the second, especially considering IU’s recent turnover troubles. In the past four games, including today, Lewis has put the ball on the ground seven times.

On the good side, IU sits thirty minutes from that elusive sixth win. If Lewis can hold on to the ball, and the Hoosier D can continue to put pressure on Cardinal QB Nate Davis, IU fans should be celebrating this evening.