Honors Continue for Bears' Freshman Isbell
Sept. 1, 2014
CHICAGO -- A day after being named Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week, Missouri State freshman defensive lineman Colby Isbell (Rogers, Ark.) was named FCS National Newcomer of the Week by the College Sporting News.
The Bears' newcomer turned the tides in MSU's 34-27 come-from-behind victory in last Thursday's season opener at Northwestern State to help him earn the awards. On a critical NSU first-and-goal play with just over 8 minutes left in the third quarter, Isbell snatched the ball away from Demons' running back Garrett Atzenweiler just before he crossed the goal line, giving possession back to Missouri State with the Bears trailing 24-7.
Missouri State responded with a 97-yard touchdown drive -- the longest drive of the week in the league -- to make it a 24-14 game at the time.
Later in the contest after MSU closed the deficit to 27-21, Isbell broke through the line again and blocked a 48-yard Northwestern State field goal attempt that potentially would have made it a 9-point game with 9:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Instead, the Bears got the ball back and drove 69 yards on 12 plays for the go-ahead score and held on for their biggest comeback win since 2011.
Isbell was one of 26 MSU newcomers who saw action in Thursday's win in Natchitoches, La. He also tallied a pair of official tackles in the win.