Grid Bears Return to Plaster for Shot at No. 13 UCA
Sept. 16, 2013
Missouri State Game Notes
Central Arkansas Notes
Missouri State Bears (0-3) vs. Central Arkansas Bears (1-2)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Kickoff: 6:05 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: Plaster Field (16,300)
Series: Tied 3-3
Student Pregame Activities: Pep Rally (Friday, 6 p.m., North Mall) ... Maroon March (Saturday, 5 p.m., BearPaw north of Plaster Field) ... Best Tailgate Decorations Contest (BearFest Village).
Postgame Activities: Free Fireworks / Salute to America
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats: GameTracker
Live Video: Bears All-Access
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com | MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio
Tailgating: BearFest Village opens at 3 p.m. in Lot 22, just south of the stadium
Tickets: Game 4 Tickets | Missouri State Students Free | Active Service Men/Women and Veterans $5, Children of Active Service Men/Women and Veterans $2
FIRST AND TEN
- The Missouri State Bears (0-3) close out the non-conference portion of their 2013 schedule Saturday evening when they host the 13th-ranked UCA Bears (1-2) in a 6:05 p.m. contest at Plaster Field.
- MSU and UCA have split their previous six games, with Missouri State claiming three of the four meetings at Plaster Field, including a 42-38 thriller in their most recent encounter on Sept. 22, 2007.
- Missouri State's offense is coming off its best single-game performance in three years after piling up 578 yards of total offense and 366 rushing yards in last week's 41-38 setback at Murray State.
- Senior running back Vernon Scott posted a career-best 201 rushing yards last Saturday at Murray State, becoming the 14th Bear to top the 200-yard rushing plateau and earning MVFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week recognition, as well as a Co-National Offensive Player of the Week citation from Beyond Sports Network.
- Bears' quarterback Kierra Harris ranks third in the MVFC and 13th nationally in scoring (10.0 ppg) with five of the Bears' seven rushing touchdowns on the season.
- Junior receiver Julian Burton leads the Bears and ranks second in the Valley in receptions per game (6.0), as well as sixth in the MVFC in both receiving (69.0) and all-purpose yardage (106.0) per game.
- Offensive linemen Zack Cooley and Kurt Kutter made their 25th consecutive starts last week at Murray State.
- MSU's Terry Allen brings a 1-1 career mark against the Bears into Saturday's contest, as well as an 82-39 home record overall in 21 seasons as a head coach.
- Missouri State is looking to halt an 11-game non-conference losing streak; the Bears' last victory against a non-MVFC foe came at home on Sept. 3, 2010 vs. Eastern Kentucky.
- Each of the Bears' 11 FCS opponents in 2013 are receiving votes in one major poll this week, with three ranked in the top 10 and four rated among the top 25 in the country.
SALUTE TO AMERICA GAME / 1963 REUNION
Saturday's game marks Missouri State's annual `Salute to America' contest. To help honor our troops, MSU will wear special camouflage uniforms and host a fireworks display following the conclusion of the game.
Not only will the Bears pay respect to our nation's armed forces with Saturday's salute, they will also honor the 50th anniversary of their 1963 MIAA championship squad during a special halftime ceremony.
MSU's 1963 team swept its nine regular-season games before suffering its lone defeat in the Mineral Water Bowl to Northern Illinois. Head coach Orville Pottenger's club was led by honorable mention All-Americans Rich Johanningmeier and Cornelius Perry and featured a defense that yielded just 40 points in its nine regular-season contests..
MSU have split the previous six meetings and have split the two previous meetings while both clubs were among the Division I FCS ranks. Missouri State is 3-1 at home against the purple Bears of Central Arkansas and 0-2 in Conway. UCA's last visit to Plaster Field came 9/22/07 and resulted in a narrow 42-38 MSU win.
SCOTT IMPRESSIVE IN BREAKOUT EFFORT
After turning in a career performance to lead a resurgent Missouri State offense last weekend at Murray State, Bears' senior running back Vernon Scott was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday.
Scott, who earned the MVFC's weekly offensive honor along with Indiana State quarterback Mike Perish, carried 26 times for a career-high 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead all players in MSU's 41-38 loss to the Racers. Scott notched the most rushing yards by a MSU player since Cody Pratt posted 217 yards vs. Drake on Sept. 2, 2004. His first TD from 25 yards out set the pace for the Bears, who registered 34 first downs and 578 total yards in the contest. His second score gave the Bears a 31-26 fourth-quarter lead and capped a 54-yard scoring drive with a three-yard carry.
Entering the contest with 47 yards rushing for the season, Scott wasted little time in sparking the Bears' ground attack, eclipsing his previous single-game rushing high before the end of the first half with 110 yards. Scott's effort paced a Missouri State game that totaled 366 yards on the ground after combining for just 193 rushing yards in its first two outings of the season.
Scott became the 14th Bear to surpass the 200-yard rushing plateau, and the first to do so during the Terry Allen era. Scott's 201 yards rank 13th on Missouri State's all-time list of single-game rushing totals, and he enters Saturday's game fourth in the MVFC, a conference that features three returning All-Americans at the running back position.
Scott also garnered some national attention with his performance, receiving Co-National Offensive Player of the Week laurels from Beyond Sports Network, as well as Valley performer of the week from both College Sports Madness and the College Football Performance Awards.
ABOUT THE UCA BEARS
UCA, a member of the Southland Conference, comes to town on the heels of a last-second 24-23 loss at UT Martin after breaking into the FCS national top 10 earlier this season. Head coach Clint Conque's squad is led by quarterback Wynrick Smothers who averages 291.7 yards per game through the air, while senior linebacker Justin Heard paces the UCA defense with 20 total stops.
COACH Terry Allen
Missouri State head coach Terry Allen (UNI, 1979) is 123-111 (.526) in his 21st year as a head coach and 28-52 (.350) in his eighth year at Missouri State. Allen is 1-1 vs. UCA (1-0 at home) and has an 82-39 road record (18-20 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.).