Bears On Top of Murray State at the Intermission in Wild Shootout




MURRAY, Ky. -- Missouri State leads Murray State 38-31 at the intermission in a wild, non-conference battle at Roy Stewart Stadium.

The two teams have combined for 779 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns in the first half with the visiting Bears building an early 21-3 lead in a game they have not trailed.

Cody Kirby has led the Missouri State offense with an 8-for-9 passing effort for 134 yards, moving him past Jeremy Hoog for the top spot on the Bears' career passing list. Kirby has rushed for two touchdowns to give him 176 of the team's 354 yards of total offense.

Chris Douglas has three carries for 95 yards and a touchdown to lead all players, while teammate Stephen Johnston has seven carries for 83 yards and a score.

The Bears' scoring drives have been efficient with four of their six scores coming in four plays or less. The difference at the half was a blocked punt by Matt Swan late in the second quarter that was picked up in the end zone by Nick Canavan for a Missouri State touchdown to make it 38-24 with 3:53 to play in the half.

Murray State responded with a 10-play touchdown drive to stay within seven at the break, 38-31.

The Racers were led by quarterback Casey Brockman who is 18-for-24 for 332 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing score. Murray State has 17 first downs to six for the Bears, but three of its five scoring drives were nine plays or more.



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