To this point, I have shot four college games and week three of college football would be no different! I would be shooting two college games in one day at two different stadiums. My first game was a noon kick off in West Lafayette for the Eastern Michigan vs Purdue game. I arrived to the stadium around 8:30am a little early so I took a little nap in my car due to not catching a lot of sleep the previous night.
Once in the stadium, I caught up with a few Eastern Michigan’s coaches, wide receivers coach Doug Downing and quarterbacks coach Ken Karcher who were my coaches when I played at Toledo. After catching up, I was off to work!
Purdue Boilermakers offensive tackle Patrick Bade (63) hits a tackling dummy.
Purdue Boilermakers train on the sidelines prior to the game
Purdue has the worlds largest drum they push around during the game.
Purdue Boilermakers linebacker Joe Gilliam (39) runs onto the field prior
Time for some game action!
Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Caleb TerBush (19) throws a pass in the first quarter
Purdue Boilermakers defensive back Frankie Williams (2) celebrates with defensive tackle Ryan Isaac (61) after intercepting a pass in the first quarter
Eastern Michigan Eagles quarterback Alex Gillett (8) runs with the ball in the first quarter
Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Shavers (24) gets away from Eastern Michigan Eagles wide receiver Dustin Creel (3) to score a touchdown in the first quarter.
Purdue Boilermakers safety Chris Quinn (29) celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for Eastern Michigan Eagles wide receiver Donald Scott (not pictured) in the second quarter
Purdue Boilermakers tight end Gabe Holmes (86) is tackled by Eastern Michigan Eagles defensive back Pudge Cotton (7) in the second quarter
Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Hunt (11) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter
Purdue Boilermakers fullback Kurt Freytag (46) gets away from Eastern Michigan Eagles defenders in the fourth quarter
Then towards the end of the game, it was a total blow out so I started doing some slow shutter panning shots.
Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Rob Henry (15) runs the ball in the fourth quarter
Once the game was over, I literally ran to my car to beat all of the fans in the stadium to their cars. I got to my car and made it out of their with no traffic! A quick stop to get gas, and I was on my way to Bloomington, IN to shoot Ball State at Indiana at 8:00pm.
After the hour and a half drive I made it to Bloomington around 6pm, found the media lot and off to the stadium I went.
Inside of the stadium, they have Hep’s Rock.
In 2005, head football coach Terry Hoeppner had a southern Indiana limestone boulder nicknamed “The Rock” installed in the north end zone as a new campus tradition. This limestone boulder was found prior to Hoeppner’s first season at IU in the practice field. It was removed, put on a granite slab and moved to the stadium. The Hoosiers and coach Hoeppner walked out and touched the Rock before running onto the field at every home game during Hoeppner’s time as head coach (a tradition that continues today). Terry Hoeppner died of brain cancer on June 19, 2007, and The Rock (renamed “Hep’s Rock” during a ceremony with the Hoeppner family on November 6, 2010) now serves as motivation for the team as well as a tribute to Hoeppner’s influence on the football program.
Fireworks go off as the Indiana Hoosiers make their way onto the field.
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Duwyce Wilson (81) is unable to catch a pass while being defended by Ball State Cardinals cornerback Armand Dehaney (13) in the first quarter
Indiana Hoosiers running back Stephen Houston (12) scores a touchdown past Ball State Cardinals safety Chris Pauling (25) in the first quarter.
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Kofi Hughes (13) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Ball State Cardinals cornerback Eric Patterson (36) in the second quarter
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Nick Stoner (14) is tackled by Ball State Cardinals linebacker Travis Freeman (8), safety J.C. Wade (27), and cornerback Andre Dawson (7) in the second quarter
Ball State Cardinals running back Jahwan Edwards (32) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer (3) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter
Then in the third quarter I went up to the top of the stadium to shoot an overall of the stadium.
Then I stayed up their for a while to shoot a different angle.
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Kofi Hughes (13) makes a catch in the fourth quarter.
Ball State Cardinals kicker Steven Schott (14) kicks the game winning field goal to defeat Indiana Hoosiers 41-39
Following the game, I had to make the two hour drive from Bloomington, IN to Cincinnati where my hotel was as I was shooting the Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals game Sunday afternoon.
That wraps a long day, cover two college games in one day. I got some good stuff I was happy with!