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Ball State players watch as paramedics attend to teammate Dante Love after he was hit hard by a IU player in the second quarter on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Love lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes as the medical staff attended to him.

Ball State wide receiver injury undergoes surgery on spine


UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): Ball State wide receiver Dante Love underwent an approximately five hour long surgery in Indianapolis Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to a press release."Dante Love suffered a cervical spinal chord injury fracture which required surgery to stabalize the fracture," said Ball State team physician and orthopedic surgeon Jay Matchett in the statement. "He is currently moving all four extremities."

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Ball State wide receiver leaves game on stretcher

Memorial Stadium hit its loudest decibel level of the game midway through the second quarter. The IU football team had just had a huge momentum swing, when freshman corner Chris Adkins jarred the ball loose from Cardinal standout wide receiver Dante Love, and the ball was returned for a touchdown, pulling the Hoosiers within a two points at 14-12. But silence instantly overcame the crowd when it became apparent Love hadn’t been moving since the hit.

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Ball State bout will provide answers


This certainly isn’t the game for trial and error. No implementation of new arrangements, formations or schemes – nothing out of the ordinary. Look, it’s not like IU is dealing with Western Kentucky or Murray State.

IU quarterback Kellen Lewis gets away from Western Kentucky defenders to score his first touchdown on a 75-yard run in the first half during a game on Aug. 30 at Memorial Stadium. IU won 31-13.

State’s top QBs face off at Rock


Now the season really begins. Relatively untested in their two wins against Western Kentucky (31-13) and Murray State (45-3), the Hoosiers clash with IU coach Bill Lynch’s former team – Ball State. The Cardinals (3-0) have cruised in similar fashion and come into Memorial Stadium on Saturday as a recognized threat.

IU wide receiver Ray Fisher makes a catch during a practice on Sept. 8 on the football practice field near the Mellencamp Pavilion.

Safety's status questionable for Ball State game


Three days remain before the IU football team takes on its first real test of the season. So at practice Tuesday, all was back to normal after the team’s bye week, except for one noticeable absence.

IU wide receiver Mitchell Evans, right, makes a catch in practice on Tuesday at the football practice field. Evans, a sophomore, has played at the quarterback and safety positions before moving to wide receiver.

IU’s Mitch of all trades


Unlike some members of the IU football team, Mitchell Evans is not an outspoken personality. He just plays the game –  wherever that may be. For the last two years, Evans has essentially played the role of utility man for the Hoosiers, the man who can do just near anything when it comes to football. “He is such a good athlete, you can move him around anywhere on the field wherever your team needs him,” senior wide receiver Andrew Means said. And move him is just what the Hoosiers have done.

Ball State's MiQuale Lewis runs with the ball in the second half of the NCAA football game against Navy on Friday in Muncie, Ind. Ball State won 35-23.

Ball State boasts all-purpose wide receiver

MUNCIE – Ball State’s offensive game plan is simple and effective. All the Cardinals have to do, it seems, is get the ball to Dante Love.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell eyes receiver Terrance Turner before letting it fly during practice on Tuesday at the football practice field.

No decision yet on redshirt for Willis, other freshmen


The first and second teams, including quarterbacks Kellen Lewis and Ben Chappell, respectively, continued taking equal snaps in the Hoosiers’ practice on Tuesday. The only thing different from past weeks’ practices was that the players were in shells – shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.

Senior running back Marcus Thigpen scores a touchdown during the Hoosiers' 45-3 win over Murray State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Plethora of rushing scores squash Racers


Last week, it was Kellen Lewis owning all of the yards on the ground. On Saturday, IU coach Bill Lynch split it among a tandem of running backs. The Hoosiers (2-0) easily beat Murray State, 45-3, and commanded the game throughout the evening. Murray State, a Football Championship Series school, was overmatched against an IU team that wracked up 477 yards of total offense.

Senior running back Marcus Thigpen runs the ball during a practice drill prior to Saturday’s home opener against Western Kentucky.

Hoosiers aim to win 13


The vivid memories of a fan-flooded Memorial Stadium field after IU beat rival Purdue to clinch its first bowl berth since 1993 might seem like they just happened.

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Chicago bar hosts Hoosier football


Joe’s Bar may be located in Chicago, but its spacious back room Thursday night was all Bloomington for the Windy City’s IU Football Kickoff.

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Greg Middleton named to 5th preseason watch list


Despite not stepping onto the field, Greg Middleton has already had quite a summer. The junior defensive end was nominated as one of 36 pass rushers named to the preseason Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Middleton earned honors by being named one of eight finalists for the Hendricks award in 2007.

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Anthony Thompson enshrined in Hall of Fame


The College Football Hall of Fame enshrined IU’s all-time leading rusher Anthony Thompson  on Saturday night at a ceremony in South Bend. Thompson was among 16 players and four coaches receiving the honor.