MUNCIE - Ball State senior quarterback Keith Wenning had a productive first game of the 2013 season, as he completed 24 of 40 passes for three touchdowns (plus he ran two other scores) and 340 yards.
He spoke with the media following the Cardinals' 51-28 win over Illinois State at Schuemann Stadium on Thursday.
On the play of the Ball State offensive line:
"Initially, I think every body was getting a feel for the game. For some of (the offensive line), it was their first game experience. They played their butt off.
"Toward the end of the first half they started to come around. In the second half, they were settled down and we got on the same page with everything. They really came out and showed what they could do."
On taking three sacks:
"Illinois State does a lot of good things on defense. They gave us a lot of different looks. They are going to try and hit me every play. Last year, we had a really experienced offensive line and this year it's not as experienced. It is what it is, but they played their butt off and I think that they did a heck of a job.
"I got hit a couple of times, oh well. That's going to happen playing quarterback. I was really proud of them."
On a critical late first half drive:
"We had about three minutes lef tand we didn't think that we were going to go into a two-minute drive. I told our offensive linemen that 'We have to go down and make a score going into the half.'
"We executed a couple of plays and got a big third down conversion. Jordan made a heckuva play in the end zone on a back shoulder throw. The offensive line really stepped up there and showed some poise."
On chemistry with receiver Willie Snead:
"It goes back to all of the practice and summer work that we've done together. Talking about routes, seeing the looks, and what we are going to do in this situation. With the help of coach (Keith) Gaither and coach (Rich) Skrosky, coach (Pete) Lembo, all of the offensive coaches, they've helped us and prepped us for those situations.
"With us doing all of the little things and practicing extra, we have a feel for each other when we are going to do certain stuff."