After 42 scoring unanswered points in last week’s season opener, the Cardinals scored 37 straight on Saturday. Once Army scored early on, the Cardinals never let the Black Knights find a groove.
Not a bad start for a Ball State team hoping to make a run at a MAC championship and become bowl-eligible for a third straight year. The Cardinals go on the road to North Texas next week, then to Eastern Michigan to start the MAC schedule.
It will be after next week’s game when Lembo will have an idea of whether or not his team is at a level to make a run in a competitive MAC or if they need to take it up a notch or two.
“It’s a difficult answer right now because this is such a unique week,” Lembo said.
Ball State’s season-opener was Aug. 29, giving the Cardinals an abnormally long week.
“Moving forward everything is going to be so much more conventional,” Lembo said. “This coming week will be much more telling because we’re going back to playing a much more conventional team. I’ll say this: I think we’re going to be playing a very, very good opponent this week that is going to be very physically challenging. This week will be very revealing.”
The Black Knights scored their final touchdown with 1:40 left in the third on a 9-yard run by Dixon. By then the Cardinals led 37-14.
SCOREBOX Army 14 Ball St. 40