Aug. 24, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- The football Bears wrapped the 2011 fall camp Wednesday with the completion of their third and final scrimmage and annual Meet the Bears Night at Plaster Field.
On the third play of the scrimmage, freshman Ryan Heaston darted 99 yards for a touchdown and the first score of the afternoon. He would finish with 7 carries for 119 yards to lead an offense that averaged 5.9 yards per play.
Junior corner James Caine picked off a Kierra Harris pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown for the second score and the highlight for the defensive side.
Harris later redeemed himself with a pair of touchdown passes -- a five-yarder to tight end Matt Thayer and a 30-yarder to receiver Dorian Buford.
Harris finished 4-for-8 for 59 yards.
In between Harris' touchdown passes, redshirt freshman Mitchell Jenkins connected with Eric Christophel for a 13-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 30-yard drive. It was Christophel's second touchdown in three fall scrimmages.
For the afternoon, the Bears rushed for 183 yards and passed for 122. Jenkins was an efficient 7-for-11 through the air for 55 yards, and Buford led all receivers with three catches for 56 yards.
Fans had the opportunity to meet the Bears after the scrimmage and a brief round of conditioning with skill stations, free pizza, ice cream and Pepsi products as well as appearances from team mascots, cheerleaders and the Sugar Bears.
On Thursday, the Bears begin preparation for the Sept. 3 opener at Arkansas and will also practice Friday before a mock-game run through on Saturday. The Bears will be off Sunday and Monday, as they do for a typical game week, before digging into the game plan on Tuesday.
Tickets remain for the Arkansas game by calling (417) 836-7678 or stopping by the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena during regular office hours.
SCRIMMAGE #3 FINAL STATS:
RUSHING (32-183): Ryan Heaston
7-119; Chris Douglas
9-31; Maddy Johnson
8-25; Kierra Harris
5-6; Mitchell Jenkins
PASSING (20-12-1, 122):Kierra Harris 8-4-1, 59 (2 TD); Mitchell Jenkins
11-7-0, 55 (TD); Trevor Wooden
RECEIVING (12-122): Dorian Buford
3-56; Dan Reichert
1-15; Julian Burton
1-14; Eric Christophel
1-13; Daniel Wood
1-9; Willie White
1-6; Matt Thayer
1-5; Adrian Williams
1-4; Maddy Johnson
1-0; Mitchell Jenkins
1-0.SCORING PLAYS:Ryan Heaston
99 yd. TD run (NO PAT)James Caine
37 yd. Interception return (NO PAT)Matt Thayer
5 yd. pass from Kierra Harris
(NO PAT)Eric Christophel
13 yd. pass from Mitchell Jenkins
(NO PAT)Dorian Buford
30 yd. pass from Kierra Harris
(NO PAT) DEFENSE:
PBU (2): Andrew Biesel (1), Jamarius Smith
Sacks (3-15): David Ingram
1-2; James Barnes
1-5; Chris Current
0.5-8; James McDonald
Interceptions: James Caine