Ypsilanti, MI – With Ball State tailback Adell Givens pounding away, and wide receiver Dante Ridgeway finding open seams, the Cardinals scored 14 third-quarter points and took a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan. No one would have been surprised if the Eagles dropped their third straight heartbreaker.
Instead, EMU mounted a strong defensive fourth-quarter, and finished the Cardinals off.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan head coach Jeff Genyk expects his team to be involved in more close games this season--and soon.
"I would imagine that our game (this Saturday) against Ball State will come down to the last series," Genyk said, three days after EMU dropped its second-straight close game, a 45-41 decision to Idaho. "I'll be surprised if they blow us out or if we blow them out. I would imagine that in the fourth quarter, it's going to be a seven to ten (point) game either way, and we'll see who wants it the most."