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Ball State hopes to keep short memory after quick start

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MUNCIE - It could have stopped with an in-state rival, but Pete Lembo and his coaching staff were determined not to let that happen.

Just a day removed from heart-stopping last second 41-39 victory over Indiana on September 15th, the Ball State coaches were immediately looking to find motivation for their players following an in-state victory.

It came with a look at some film.

"You seem some of these incredible athletes running around against Rutgers," said Lembo when the coaching staff began to check out video of South Florida's last game. "It was easy for us to turn the page.

"But you had to question if the players were going to turn the page."

Apparently they were as the looked forward to facing the Bulls-a Big East school-at home following the hype of the win over the Hoosiers. Lembo claims the team's Tuesday workout was the best of the season and that translated when they faced their speedy opponent Saturday.

A 31-27 win over South Florida, which came with some last second heroics, gives the Cardinals a pair of wins over BCS conference schools along with a 3-1 record. Fans at his weekly radio show at the Muncie Applebee's brought their applause for 45 minutes as the Cardinals exploits so far in 2012 begin to grab attention.

"We have more of a buzz on campus," admitted Lembo after the South Florida win, which came on a tip toe diving catch touchdown by Willie Snead with under a minute remaining. "Our players are doing a really good job of taking some of that responsibility and getting out and connection with some of the students."

To keep the connection going Lembo will need the Cardinals to do in Week 5 what the did in Week 4: keep a short memory. Ball State opens conference play at Kent State who like the Cardinals won their conference opener in September and are currently at the top of the MAC East Division.

On top of that, the Flashes will have ten days to get ready for the Cardinals since the beat Buffalo on the Wednesday before Ball State got their win over South Florida.

"They have a MAC win under their belt, they've had ten days to get ready for us and they match-up very well with us," said Lembo of Kent State. "They have a really good defense, they have an offense that has some real weapons in it and they have a really good returner.

"So we're gonna have to have a great week of preparation and, of course, we're goin on the road this week."

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