Oct. 6, 2012
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- In a game of turnovers and big plays, the Missouri State Bears trail Indiana State 14-7 at the intermission here in Missouri Valley Football Conference play.
The Bears have outgained the home standing Sycamores 193-94 but have committed three of the game's five turnovers and surrendered a long kickoff return to trail by a touchdown at teh break.
The Bears scored first, covering 67 yards on just eight plays before Ashton Glaser punched it in from one yard out to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. MSU was 2-for-2 on third down on the drive as Cadarrius Dotson snagged 48-yard reception, and Matt Thayer pulled in an 8-yard completion in the end zone to set up the eventual score at the 5:38 mark of the opening quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Sycamores bounced off the canvas with a 93-yard kickoff return by Tanner Riley to knot the score 7-7.
MSU seemed to have things back on track on the next series when Vernon Scott took a second-down rush 25 yards across midfield and into Sycamores' territory. However, Scott lost the handle, coughing it up at the ISU 43 with 4:56 to go. Sophomore QB Mike Perish then took the reigns and engineered a six-play scoring drive for the home club to put ISU on top 14-7. A 26-yard strike from Perish to Demory Lawshe capped the 57-yard scoring drive that took just two-and-a-half minutes.
In the second quarter, the turnover bug began biting both clubs. Backed up on its own 11 after a punt, MSU got 6 yards from Heaston on first down. On the next play, Glaser was picked off at the 33 by Calvin Burnett to give the Sycammores another scoring chance. Fortunately for MSU, Christian Hoffman -- making just his second start of the season -- stepped up with an interception of his own for the Bears to halt the drive.
Late in the second after forcing ISU into its second three-and-out series of the half, the Bears crossed midfield again Tre Kelley and Ryan Heaston led the Bears to the ISU 49. On third-and-five, Glaser aired one deep for Burton that was intercepted by Burnett who returned it 36 yards to the ISU 46 with 2:46 to play in the second. Again, the Bears retuned the favor with a pick by Jason Fitch on third down at the MSU 34 with 52 seconds left in the half.
Kierra Harris entered the game at quarterback and got the Bears to the ISU 32. Austin Witmer came on for a 49-yard field goal attempt with the wind at his back, but missed the attempt wide right as time expired.
Glaser finished the half 10-for-12 through the air for 102 yards and a pair of interceptions with one rushing score. In his return to the starting lineup at receiver, Cadarrius Dotson has 2 receptions for 48 yards while Scott and Heaston have combined for 69 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Indiana State's Perish is just 6-for-15 through the air for 71 yards but has a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Shakir Bell has been kept in check on the ground, carrying 7 times for 27 yards.