YPSILANTI, Mich. — The blue sky and the warm sunshine that bathed the field at Rynearson Stadium made going back to work for the Eastern Michigan University football team not too bad of an ordeal.
Eastern Michigan University fell to Ball State University 33-31, when Cardinal place kicker Steven Scott made a 44 yard field goal with just nine seconds left in the game.
The Eagles’ offense led by the power running of Javonti Greene and Dominique White, the finesse and speed of Dominique Sherrer and the mature quarterback for the Eagles Alex Gillett keeping the Ball State University defense on guard but also venerable to big plays.
The Eagles ran for 501 yard on the ground unfortunately they needed 502 yards.
Gillett ran for a team leading 126 yards, White ran for 83 yards and Sherrer contributed 76 yards for the day but nobody ran the ball across the goal line for the Eagles. Gillett also threw 17 times and completed 12 passes for 198 yards and four touchdown passes.
With 5:20 in the game the Eagle offense tried to make a gallant try by moving the ball 76 yards in 13 plays but instead of scoring a touchdown, the Eagles settled for a 20 yard field goal by Kody Fulkerson.
In the first quarter the Eagles and the Cardinals provided the 3,288 fans sitting in Rynearson Stadium stands with exciting passing plays were the coverage missed the assignment and plenty of runs that produce yards but also plenty of missed tackles.
Ball State University scored the first touchdown of the day when Cardinal quarterback Keith Wenning found wide reciever Torieal Hunter for a 94 yard touchdown pass that left Eastern Michigan University defensive back Marcell Rose grasping at nothing but air.
Wenning threw the ball 35 times against the Eagles defense an connected 20 times for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
The bye-week gave the Eastern Michigan University football team a chance to take a break away from the grind of the 2011 football season and Eagles football coach Ron English said that it was a good week for the Eagles.
“It is my job to get them prepared to play and win, English said about his team’s defeat. “We did not do that so I take the blame and it is my fault that we did not win the game.”
The end of the first half the Eagles and the Cardinals provided edge of the seat excitement with a blocked 53-yard field goal resulted in a blocked attempted and the ball picked up by the Ball State University defender Jason Pinkton and then lateral it was a flash back to the famous University of California and Stanford band play.
Luckily for the Eagles the result did not produce a sour note. The Eagles left the field at halftime leading 21-20.
The opening drive of the second half the Eagles received the football only to have the drive stall on a fourth and play gamble by English failed when Gillett passing attempted was not caught turning the ball over on downs giving the Cardinals field position.
Wenning moved his team down the field 57 yards and placed the ball into the hands the Jahwan Edwards slipped into the middle of the line for 15 yards and then made a cut to his right and found the way to the end zone uncontested by any Eastern Michigan University defender.
Gillett showed ability to take charge of the offense and English said he makes plays for us by making good decisions on the field.
Gillett found freshman tight end Tyreese Russell for an 18-yard touchdown pass putting the Eagles back into the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
English said Russell is a typical tight end and he is a physical player for the Eagles.
Russell finished the day with two touchdowns and finished the day with 30 yards.
Eastern Michigan University defense fail to make one play, failed to make one stop and English said that the defense struggled with details and just did not finish the game the way to English likes.
“I thought that we struggled a little bit I though that we did not tackle well early was not as detail as we needed to be,” English said. “We did not finish the game the way we wanted to finish it you know we just could not make a play at the end.”
Eastern Michigan University’s fate is still in their own hands and they will be on the practice field next week in preparation against the University at Buffalo.
The game will be at Rynearson Stadium next Saturday November 12 beginning at 1 p.m.
“We want to play every game and get better every game and we still have some goals to reach,” English said. “We have goals to reach at this point but we have to readjust but we still have goals we want to reach.”
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.