Bears Head to Big Ten Country for Shot at Hawkeyes Saturday
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Sep 2, 2013

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Missouri State Bears (0-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
Kickoff: 11:01 a.m.
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Site: Kinnick Stadium (70,585)
Series: First Meeting
TV: Big Ten Network (Steve Physioc, Danan Hughes)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats: GameTracker
Live Video: None
Listen Live:  |  MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio (updated Tuesday)
Tickets: Game 2 Tickets 


  • T?he Missouri State Bears (0-1) square off against a Big Ten Conference opponent for the first time in the 102-season history of the program Saturday when they meet the Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1) in a 11:01 a.m. contest at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • The Bears’ first trip of the 2013 season will be a familiar one for eighth-year head coach Terry Allen, whose father, Robert, played for the Hawkeyes in the late 1930’s before serving as UI’s head men’s swimming coach for 16 years.
  • Since moving to Division I status in 1982, Missouri State is 1-28 all-time against FBS programs; the Bears’ sole FBS win in that time frame came at UNLV (31-24) in 1990.
  • The last Missouri State player to rush for 100 yards against an FBS opponent was Maurice Daniels at Arkansas State on Sept. 19, 1998; his 162 yards in that game is the highest total of any of the Bears’ seven 100-yard efforts against FBS clubs.
  • MSU shares the NCAA Division I FCS lead in red zone defense (.333) after limiting Northwestern State to one scoring conversion in three red zone opportunities in last Thursday’s season opener.
  • Bears’ quarterback Kierra Harris (Jr., Texarkana, Ark.) scored both MSU touchdowns vs. Northwestern State and ranks 16th nationally in scoring as a result.
  • Three Bears earned preseason All-MVC recognition, as Caleb Schaffitzel (Jr., S, Fair Grove, Mo.) and Dorian Buford (Sr., WR, Florissant, Mo.) picked up first-team honors, while Anthony Grady (Sr., DE, Texarkana, Ark.) was an honorable mention selection.
  • Schaffitzel currently ranks third among active NCAA FCS players in career interception return yardage (216).
  • MSU brings a seven-game losing streak against teams from the state of Iowa into Saturday’s game, with its last win coming at home vs. UNI (24-21) on Oct. 8, 2005; the Bears have not won a game on Iowa soil since defeating the Panthers (also by a 24-21 score) in Cedar Falls on Oct. 3, 1998.
  • Over the last three seasons, MSU is 0-14 when scoring 20 points or less; the Bears are 5-4 when topping the 20-point barrier over the same span.


This is Missouri State's first football game against Iowa and first against a Big Ten foe.


Iowa and its fellow Big Ten members have dominated previous matchups against MVFC foes, racking up 38 wins against just two setbacks overall. The Hawkeyes have won 25 of their 26 such games, with their lone setback coming against UNI (L, 5-11) on November 5, 1898.

Iowa also sustained an opening-day home loss, falling to Northern Illinois after the Huskies secured a 30-27 victory with a late field goal to cap a second-half comeback. The Hawkeyes got a 100-yard rushing day from Mark Weisman, while Jake Rudock completed 21-of-37 passes for 256 yards to lead the UI offense, which outgained NIU, 458 to 438 in total offense..

COACH Terry Allen

Missouri State head coach Terry Allen (UNI, 1979) is 123-109 (.530) in his 21st year as a head coach and 28-50 (.359) in his eighth year at Missouri State. Allen is taking on NSU for the first time and has an 82-38 overall home record (18-19 at MSU). Allen is a five-time MVFC Coach of the Year and has previous head coaching stints at UNI (1989-96) and Kansas (1997-2001).

Allen enters the 2013 season 14th in victories among active FCS head coaches and 32nd on the NCAA’s all-time FCS victories list. He will be shooting for his 60th career MVFC victory when the Bears open league play Sept. 28 vs. Illinois State. Allen has compiled a 59-39 record in 15 seasons as a head coach at UNI (1989-96) and Missouri State (2006-present) in league play, trailing only current UNI sideline boss Mark Farley (64 wins) in all-time conference victories.

Allen leads a team into his hometown for the second time as a collegiate head coach and the first as the Bears’ mentor. Allen is 0-1 against Iowa, having sustained a 34-13 setback with his UNI squad at Kinnick Stadium in week two of the 1995 season.

Allen was a standout quarterback at West High School in Iowa City before he went on to college stardom at Northern Iowa. In fact, as a youth, the MSU head coach sold programs at Kinnick Stadium. His father, Robert, was a teammate of UI legend and stadium namesake Nile Kinnick on the 1937 and 1938 Hawkeye football squads, as well as a two-time NCAA champion swimmer (300 medley relay) at Iowa, who later went on to serve as UI’s head men’s swimming coach from 1959-75, in addition to serving as an assistant on the Hawkeyes’ football staff.

In addition to Allen’s homecoming, four additional members of the Bears’ coaching staff bring close ties to the Hawkeye State into Saturday’s game. Like the Bears’ head coach, assistant head coach/offensive coordinator D.J. Vokolek and offensive line coach Sean Coughlin, as well as Muscatine native Ben Barkema (tight ends/special teams) all spent time on the football staff at Iowa State. Barkema (Iowa State), Coughlin (Drake) and defensive backs coach B.J. Stotser (Northern Iowa) all played collegiately in the state of Iowa, with Stotser--a Wellsburg, Iowa product--also spending time on the Northern Iowa coaching staff prior to making the move to Springfield.


MSU is coming off a 23-17 setback to Northwestern State in its season opener last Thursday in Springfield. Kierra Harris led the Bears’ offense with 240 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns, while Andrew Beisel totaled a game-high 10 tackles to go along with two passes broken up and his first interception as a Bear on the defensive side of the ball.

Zach Adkins connected with freshman Shakeir Ryan on the go-ahead 51-yard touchdown pass to propel Northwestern State to the victory. The Demons outscored the Bears 13-0 over the final 24 minutes of the contest, were sparked by a defense that came up with a key turnover to initiate their second-half rally and limited the Bears to 312 yards of total offense for the night.

The back-and-forth contest featured a pair of ties and four lead changes, but it would be the play of Demon’s freshman safety Adam Jones that turned the tide for good midway through the third period with MSU leading 17-10 and operating with the ball deep in its own territory following a goal-line stand by its defense. Jones jarred the ball free on a Kierra Harris-to-Julian Burton completion and fell on a crucial fumble recovery at the Bears’ 13-yard line to set up a four-yard run by Adkins that knotted the score.

The NSU defense held its ground on the ensuing MSU drive, before Adkins found a wide-open Ryan streaking down the sideline for what would prove to be the game-winning score with 14:36 left in the game.

Missouri State generated a pair of scoring chances late in the game, but Austin Witmer was wide left with a 44-yard field goal try, and the Demons stopped the Bears on a fourth-and-10 at the NSU 20 with just under four minutes to play to seal the outcome.



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