1996 Ball State Cardinals football team
The 1996 Ball State Cardinals football team was an American football team that represented Ball State University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its second season under head coach Bill Lynch, the team compiled an 8–4 record (7–1 against conference opponents), won the MAC championship, and lost to Nevada in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl. The team played its home games at Ball State Stadium in Muncie, Indiana.
|1996 Ball State Cardinals football|
|1996 record||8–4 (7–1 MAC)|
|Head coach||Bill Lynch (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Ball State Stadium|
|1996 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Ball State $||7||–||1||8||–||4|
The team's statistical leaders included Brent Baldwin with 1,703 passing yards, Michael Blair with 680 rushing yards, Ed Abernathy with 425 receiving yards, and Brent Lockliear with 56 points scored.
|August 29||at Kansas*||L 10–35|
|September 7||Miami (OH)||L 6–16|
|September 14||at Minnesota*||L 23–26|
|September 21||UCF*||W 31–10|
|October 5||at Western Michigan||W 28–5|
|October 12||Ohio||W 30–27|
|October 19||at Bowling Green||W 16–11|
|October 26||at Central Michigan||W 24–17|
|November 2||at Eastern Michigan||W 39–25|
|November 9||Kent State||W 50–6|
|November 16||Toledo||W 24–14|
|December 19||vs. Nevada*||L 15–18|
- "2007 Ball State Football Media Guide". Ball State University. 2007. p. 99. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
- "1996 Ball State Cardinals Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sport Reference LLC. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
- "1996 Ball State Cardinals Statistics". SR/College Football. Sport Reference LLC. Retrieved July 10, 2020.