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MUNCIE, Ind. — For Chris Crumb, the turnaround Ball State’s football program is on the cusp of attaining started in 2018.

It started with a goal-line stand in Scheumann Stadium at the end of a mid-week game in November. It started with a senior-night upset against a Western Michigan team Ball State will face next Tuesday in another mid-week November matchup.

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The memory stands out to the defensive lineman because on that final play, on a two-point conversion attempt by the Broncos in overtime that would either deliver a win for WMU or if stopped a win for BSU, Crumb lined up alongside one of his best friends in then-redshirt senior defensive lineman Fred Schroeder.