Bears Continue Road Swing Saturday at High-Powered Murray State
 
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Sep 9, 2013

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Missouri State Bears (0-2) at Murray State Racers (1-1)
Date:
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Murray, Ky.
Site: Roy Stewart Stadium (16,800)
Series: Murray State leads 7-1
TV: None
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats: Live Stats
Live Video: OVC Digital Network
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com  |  MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio (updated Tuesday)
Tickets: Game 3 Tickets 

FIRST AND TEN

  • TŒhe Missouri State Bears (0-2) hit the road for the second straight week Saturday when they meet the Murray State Racers (1-1) in a 6 p.m. contest at Roy Stewart Stadium in Murray, Ky.
  • ?Bears’ head coach Terry Allen brings a 2-2 career mark against the Racers and a 15-4 record vs. teams from the Ohio Valley Conference into Saturday’s game.
  • Each of the Bears’ 11 FCS opponents in 2013 are receiving votes in one major poll this week, with four ranked in the top 10 and five rated among the top 25 in the country.
  • MSU leads the MVFC in kickoff returns (28.7 yards per return) and sacks allowed (1.0 per game).
  • Bears’ quarterback Kierra Harris is one of nine Bears to rank among the top 50 FCS players in one statistical category or another this week; Harris's 15.5 completions per game rates 49th nationally, while the MSU signal-caller also ranks among the division's top 100 in seven other categories.
  • Additionally, three Bears defenders rank in the FCS’s top 30 for interceptions per outing, with Andrew Beisel, Rique Bentley and Howard Scarborough all sharing the No. 27 spot this week, while a fourth — Sybhrian Berry — leads the MVFC and ranks 21st in the country in solo tackles (6.5 tpg).
  • Harris tossed his first touchdown pass of the season Saturday at Iowa, hooking up with Julian Burton for the second TD strike of his career against an FBS opponent (vs. Arkansas, Sept. 3, 2011).
  • MSU brings a 4-1-2 all-time record in games played on Sept. 14 into Saturday’s game; the Bears’ lone loss in such games came at Kansas (2002) in their last Sept. 14 affair.
  • Senior linebacker Nick Canavan made his 25th start as a Bear Saturday at Iowa; three additional Bears — offensive linemen Zach Cooley and Kurt Kutter, as well as safety Mike Crutcher — have started the last 24 games in a row and could make their 25th career starts for MSU this week at Murray State.
  • Missouri State will also attempt to stop a 10-game non-conference losing streak while avoiding its third-straight 0-3 start to a season; the Bears’ last victory against a non-MVFC foe came on Sept. 3, 2010 vs. Eastern Kentucky.

THE SERIES

The Bears and Racers will meet for the ninth time, with Murray holding a decisive 7-1 advantage in the series. Saturday’s game could be the third shootout in four seasons between the clubs. The last time Missouri State played at Roy Stewart Stadium (Oct. 9, 2010), it rolled up 607 yards of total offense, including 436 on the ground, in an NCAA record-setting 72-59 loss. MSU quarterback Cody Kirby rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more, while Chris Douglas ran for 191 yards to lead the Bears.

The Racers, who matched or exceeded 23 school, OVC or NCAA records in the victory, accounted for 816 total yards to help the two teams break the Division I FCS record (at the time) for most combined yards in a game with 1,423.

Last year at Plaster Field (Sept. 15), the Racers prevailed in a more modest 28-23 decision, but not before they set an MSU opponent record by running 99 offensive plays. The two clubs combined to run 180 plays for 840 total yards, including a season-high 441 yards of total offense by the Bears. Quarterback Ashton Glaser passed for a career-high 337 yards, connecting with Dorian Buford nine times for 112 yards.

ABOUT THE RACERS

After sustaining a 58-13 loss at Missouri (Aug. 31) to christen the new season, Murray State wore out Racer I again this past weekend, shattering its own single-game scoring record from the 2010 contest against the Bears with an 83-point explosion against NAIA foe Campbellsville in its 2013 home opener.

COACH Terry Allen

Missouri State head coach Terry Allen (UNI, 1979) is 123-110 (.528) in his 21st year as a head coach and 28-51 (.354) in his eighth year at Missouri State. Allen is 2-2 vs. Murray State (1-1 on the road) and has a 41-71 road record (10-31 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.

LAST WEEK

Despite a strong effort from its defense and a valiant fourth-quarter comeback, Missouri State came up on the short end of a 28-14 decision in its non-conference contest against Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeye defense limited the Bears to 197 total yards and 12 first downs, while the UI offense rushed for 296 yards to send MSU to its third-consecutive 0-2 start to a season.

Junior running back Mark Weisman, who rushed for a game-high 180 yards, keyed a third-quarter UI outburst with a pair of touchdown runs that turned a seven-point game into a 21-0 Hawkeye advantage.

Sparked by Kierra Harris’ first touchdown pass of the season, the Bears scored twice in a span of just 10 seconds to claw their way back to within seven early in the fourth quarter. Harris hooked up with Julian Burton on a 27-yard scoring strike 35 seconds into the final period to put MSU on the board and snap a 54-minute scoring drought for the Bears’ offense. On Iowa’s next play from scrimmage, freshman linebacker Rique Bentley stepped in front of a Jake Rudock pass and returned the interception 28 yards for a touchdown to make it a 21-14 contest with 14:15 left on the clock.

Iowa would respond with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive of its own, capped by Rudock’s two-yard run at the 9:57 mark, to push the lead back to 14 points.

Aided by a 28-yard kickoff return by freshman LeMarcus Stewart and a personal foul penalty, the Bears moved the ball to the Iowa 14 on their next possession. But on second down, UI’s Tanner Miller picked off Harris’s pass attempt in the endzone, all but ending MSU’s bid for a comeback victory in its first-ever game against a Big Ten foe.

After the Bears’ defense forced a three-and-out on Iowa’s first possession of the game, the Hawkeyes dictated play from there, controlling the ball for over 10 minutes in the first quarter while holding MSU to just 19 yards of total offense. Rudock directed the home team on a 69-yard drive that was highlighted by Weisman’s 21-yard run. Rudock connected with CJ Fiedorowicz on a key third-down completion deep in Bears’ territory to keep the drive alive, then scampered in from six yards out to give the Hawkeyes a 7-0 advantage midway through the first quarter.

In the second half, After a Kevonte Martin-Manley 10-yard punt return handed Iowa the ball at the MSU 32, a pair of Damon Bullock carries moved the chains, and an eight-yard completion to Don Shumpert gave UI a first-and-goal at the 10. From there, Weisman punched it home to open up a double-digit lead for the Hawkeyes, topping the century mark in rushing yardage for the second straight week in the process.

Weisman would add another score on Iowa’s next possession, stretching the UI lead to 21-0 with a three-yard run with 2:12 to play in the third. The junior back completed his season-best rushing day on a career-high 30 carries, while Rudock completed 19-of-28 passes for 193 yards through the air for the Hawkeyes.


 

 

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