4). DBs Taji Morris and Jamie Silva - The defensive backfield was without 2 of its starters, but it was hardly noticeable. Morris was beat on the first play from scrimmage by Ball State on a quick slant, but he rebounded and had a very solid game leading the Eagles in tackles with 9. Silva made his second start in place of Ryan Glasper and played well again. He finished the game with 3 tackles and a sack and did a nice job of not giving Ball State QB Joey Lynch much to throw at.
3). RB Lennox Whitworth - Whitworth has been inconsistent at times, but for the second time in two years he had an excellent game against Ball State. This time, however, he came away with his health as well. Whitworth had a nice catch on a screen play and a good run to the outside on the very first drive to give the Eagles all the points they needed. LV led the team in both rushing and receiving yards despite getting less looks that his counterpart Andre Callendar. Callendar looked hesitant at times as he tried to find the holes, but LV had no such problems. Both of these backs have struggled at times as they dance and run east-west. Granted it was against an inferior opponent, but Whitworth did a very nice job of running downhill.
2. DE Mathias Kiwanuka - Mathias showed why he gets all the hype. He fought through the double and triple teams and recorded seven tackles and three sacks. He was in the backfield all day and still made his presence felt even though Ball State refused to run at him. Kiwanuka feasted on the Ball State offensive line and padded his stats in the process.
1). QB Matt Ryan - Although he would not admit it, Ryan had to feel good heading into the least pressure-filled game of his career. So far he had entered in the middle of two games (Temple and FSU), started against Syracuse in the game nobody wants to remember and last week led the Eagles to a tough overtime victory last week in Death Valley. Ryan showed the same poise he did last week against Clemson and led the Eagles to another victory. "Matty Vick," as he is called by some teammates, ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in the blowout. While it seems as though Quinton Porter will be back for the game on Saturday, Eagles fans now know they are in good hands if Porter goes down again.