Missouri State University Releases Its 2009 Football Schedule
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University has released its 2009 football schedule. The 11-game slate for the upcoming season features six home games at Plaster Field, eight Missouri Valley Football Conference contests, and a game against the University of Arkansas.
Coach Terry Allen’s Bears open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Arkansas in a game to be played in Little Rock instead of Fayetteville.
The Bears then return home for the rest of September with three home games, including non-conference games against Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 12) and Murray State (Sept. 19) from the Ohio Valley Conference, and the MVFC league opener on Sept. 26 against 2008 FCS national semifinalist Northern Iowa.
The Bears take to the road in early October to play Youngstown State on Oct. 3 before hosting South Dakota State at Plaster Field for the first time on Oct. 10 on Family Weekend at Missouri State.
MSU then embarks on its only multiple-game road swing of the 2009 campaign with an Oct. 17 engagement at Western Illinois and Oct. 24 trip to North Dakota State in the Bears’ first-ever trip to the FargoDome.
The team then closes out its home schedule with its annual Homecoming game on Oct. 31 against Illinois State before entertaining Indiana State on Nov. 7.
Missouri State closes out the regular season at Illinois State on Nov. 14.
“We are excited about the 2009 schedule with the opportunity to open in Little Rock versus an outstanding Arkansas team,” said Allen, who will begin his fourth season as the Bears’ sideline boss. “Six home games, all versus FCS division teams and four Missouri Valley opponents, will give us a very challenging schedule and hopefully a very rewarding one.”
Missouri State, which competes at the NCAA Division I FCS level, finished the 2008 season with a 4-7 record and 3-5 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bears were 3-3 on the road in 2008 and claimed their most conference victories since 2004.
Sat., Sept. 5 University of Arkansas Little Rock, Ark. 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 12 University of Tennessee-Martin Springfield 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19 Murray State University Springfield 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26 University of Northern Iowa* Springfield 1:00 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 10 South Dakota State University* Springfield 2:00 p.m.
(Family Weekend, Showcase)
Sat., Oct. 17 Western Illinois University* Macomb, Ill. 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 North Dakota State University* Fargo, N.D. 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 31 Illinois State University* Springfield 1:00 p.m.
(Missouri State Homecoming)
Sat., Nov. 7 Indiana State University* Springfield 1:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14 Southern Illinois University* Carbondale, Ill. 2:00 p.m.
ØHome Games (bold) at Plaster Field, Springfield, Mo.
Ø2009 NCAA Division I FCS Playoff dates are: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18. Tickets will be available by calling (417) 836-7678, (888) 476-7849, or on-line at MissouriStateTix.com All games broadcast on KTXR (101.3 FM), Springfield and the Missouri State Football Radio Network Times listed are Springfield times and are subject to change *Missouri Valley Football Conference games
Sat., Oct. 3 Youngstown State University* Youngstown, Ohio 5:00 p.m.