The Ball State Cardinals were overshadowed in the Mid-American Conference in the 2013 College Football season by near-BCS-bound Northern Illinois. However, the Cardinals finished the season with a 10-2 record and that was largely due to the play of senior quarterback Keith Wenning.
In his fourth year with Ball State and his third year as the Cardinals’ starter under-center, Wenning was fantastic and had by far his most productive year. Throwing the ball 454 times and completing 65.2 percent of his passes, Wenning finished 2013 throwing for 3,933 yards, 34 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Sure, having a big target like Willie Snead helped him out, but Wenning was the clear leader of this Cardinals team.
Wenning had the chance to put his talents on display on a national stage in the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night, the eve of the BCS National Championship game. Ball State was taking on a 7-5 Arkansas State team and it seemed like Wenning would be able to have one last big night to add to his college career.
However, Wenning and the Cardinals fell short. The Red Wolves from Arkansas State found the end-zone with less than a minute remaining to give them the 23-20 lead over Ball State. Wenning and the Cardinals weren’t able to answer with so little time remaining and were handed their third loss of the season.
What made matters worse for the Cardinals is the fact that Wenning ended his career on a relatively poor note. He completed just 23 of his 44 passing attempts for 215 yards while throwing just one touchdown pass and being picked off once as well.
Ball State had a great season and that’s largely due to the play of Wenning. While he finished his college career with a less-than-ideal ending and is not projected by many experts to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, you have to respect his production and college and think that we could possibly see him on a sideline on Sundays sometime in the future.