Football Bears Begin Two-Game Road Swing Saturday with Trip to Murray
Roy Stewart Stadium (16,800), Murray, Ky.
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Coming off an emotional 35-25 come-from-behind win over No. 20 Youngstown State, the Missouri State Bears return to action Saturday afternoon against Murray State (3 p.m.) in the team's final non-conference game of the season.
The Bears (2-2) fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter to the nationally-ranked Penguins last Saturday before reeling off 28 unanswered points to secure the conference win. Cody Kirby (Sr., QB, Rogers, Ark.) completed 24-of-39 passes for 298 yards with no interceptions, two touchdowns, and 324 yards of total offense, while Jermaine Saffold (Jr., WR, Grandview, Mo.) had career highs with nine receptions and 114 yards and a touchdown to pace the offense. Saffold earned MVFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The MSU defense brought the team to life with a pair of quick, third-quarter scores to mount the comeback. A fumble recovery in the end zone by Howard Scarborough (RFr., CB, Tulsa, Okla.) preceded a 40-yard interception return for a score by Adam Beauchamp (Sr., LB, Prescott Valley, Ariz.). Beauchamp had a team-high 10 tackles and a pair of pass break-ups.
This week's opponent Murray State (1-4) is ready for its homecoming game after giving No. 4 Jacksonville State everything it wanted in a 40-34 conference road loss last Saturday. The Racers jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 33 unanswered points and making a game of it late. The Racers outgained JSU 397-380 and got a game-high 65 rushing yards from Casey Brockman who was also 23-for-36 for 197 yards through the air.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two clubs with the Racers owning a 5-1 series advantage. The Bears' 35-10 win at Plaster Field on Sept. 19, 2009 was their only victory in the series, which dates back to 1942. MSU is 0-4 all-time in Murray.
Missouri State is now now 440-441-39 (.499) in 99 seasons all-time, and will look to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since the season opener against Eastern Kentucky.
Terry Allen's Bears have won four of their last eight road games in all and four of six against Division I FCS opponents
The Bears will return home to Plaster Field on Saturday, Oct. 23 for a Homecoming matchup with Western Illinois at 1 p.m. Tickets for that game -- and all future Bears games -- are available now by calling (417) 836-7678 or on-line at www.MissouriStateTix.com. As always, children 12 and under are free to all MSU games this season. For a complete list of ticket specials and packages, CLICK HERE.