Oct. 21, 2013
Missouri State Game Notes
Western Illinois Game Notes
Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2) at Western Illinois (3-5, 1-3)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Macomb, Ill.
Site: Hanson Field (16,368)
Series: Missouri State leads 16-15-1 (9-7 in Macomb)
Radio: KWTO 98.7 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats: Live Stats
Live Video: WIU Streaming
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com | MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio (updated Tuesday)
Tickets: Game 9 Tickets
FIRST AND TEN
- The Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2 MVFC) head to Macomb for a 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 26) contest against the Western Illinois Leathernecks (3-5, 1-3 MVFC) in search of their fifth consecutive win over WIU.
- Over the course of their four-game win streak vs. WIU, the Bears have averaged 30.3 points, while limiting the Leathernecks to averages of 16.0 points and 327.3 yards of total offense per contest.
- The Bears are coming off their second-straight home win over a ranked opponent with last Saturday’s 35-21 Homecoming victory against No. 15 South Dakota State.
- Head coach Terry Allen notched is 125th career victory last weekend, as well as his 30th as MSU’s sideline boss.
- MSU will be shooting for its third 3-2 MVFC start under Allen and its first since the 2010 season.
- MVFC Defensive Player of the Week Caleb Schaffitzel leads the conference in interceptions (3) and ranks second in passes defended per game (1.3), trailing only fellow Bear Howard Scarborough (1.4) in that category. Schaffitzel was announced late Monday as The Sports Network FCS National Co-Player of the Week.
- Scarborough broke up four SDSU passes in last Saturday's victory to move up to fifth on the Bears' career chart; with 27 PBUs over his four-year career, the senior cornerback trails Tim Ries (28), Craig Phillips (30), Willie Parks (34) and all-time leader Adrion Smith (37) on MSU's list.
- Senior linebacker Nick Canavan turned in career highs of 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for losses in the win over SDSU, marking the first multi-sack game for a Bear defender since Anthony Grady recorded 3.0 sacks against South Dakota last October.
- Ryan Heaston rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries, while Mikael Cooper-Falls carried 10 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday, giving MSU its first 100-yard rushing duo since Chris Douglas (165) and Stephen Johnston (130) accomplished the feat on Oct. 23, 2010 vs. Western Illinois. It was Heaston's first appearance since Aug. 29.
- Missouri State leads The Valley and ranks fourth nationally in red zone defense (.643), while the Bears’ offense has scored in 11 of its 13 trips inside the opposition’s 20-yard line in league play.
The Bears are 16-15-1 all-time against Western Illinois, including a 9-7 mark in Macomb. Missouri State has won four straight in the series, including wins at Hanson Field in 2009 and 2011. Terry Allen is 12-3 all-time against the Leathernecks (5-2 at MSU).
The Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2 MVFC) return to the road for the third time in four weeks Saturday (Oct. 26) when they meet the Western Illinois Leathernecks (3-5, 1-3 MVFC) in a 6 p.m. game at Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill. Missouri State will be seeking its fifth straight win in the series, as well as its first 3-2 Valley start in three years.
MSU is coming off a 35-21 victory over No. 15 South Dakota State, in which the Bears raced out to a 20-0 halftime lead before withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by the Jackrabbits. In his first start of the season, Ashton Glaser threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, a 69-yard scamper with 4:30 remaining that gave the Bears some much-needed breathing room after SDSU had pulled to within 27-21. Caleb Schaffitzel led MSU’s defensive attack with a season-high 14 tackles, four passes broken up and an interception, and Nick Canavan came through with a career-high two sacks.
Western Illinois suffered a 24-14 road setback to No. 16 Youngstown State last Saturday, despite holding the Valley’s top scoring offense in check throughout the day. The Leathernecks’ defense, which enters this week’s game third overall in the MVFC, held the Penguins to their lowest scoring total of the season before 10 unansered fourth-quarter points snapped a 14-14 tie and sealed the outcome. J.C. Baker rushed for a season-high 148 yards on 28 attempts to lead the WIU rushing attack.
Saturday’s contest will feature two of the top defenses in the Valley, with WIU ranking second overall in pass defense (167.2 ypg) and MSU boasting the league’s third-best rush defense (178.0 ypg).
COACH Terry Allen
Missouri State head coach Terry Allen recorded his 60th career MVFC victory with MSU’s 37-10 win over Illinois State on Sept. 28. With a 61-41 record in 16 seasons as a head coach at UNI (1989-96) and Missouri State (2006-present) in league play, Allen trails only current UNI sideline boss Mark Farley (64 wins) in all-time conference victories.
Allen entered the 2013 season 14th in victories among active FCS head coaches and 32nd on the NCAA’s all-time FCS victories list. Additionally, Allen sits in third on Missouri State’s all-time conference wins list, trailing only Jesse Branch (31 wins) and Rich Johanningmeier (27). Overall, Allen is 125-114 (.523) in his 21st year as a head coach and 30-55 (.353) in his eighth year at Missouri State. The 1979 Northern Iowa graduate is 12-3 vs. Western Illinois (5-2 at MSU) and has an 41-74 overall road record (10-34 at MSU) for his coaching career. Allen is a five-time MVFC Coach of the Year and has previous head coaching stints at UNI (1989-96) and Kansas (1997-2001).
Missouri State built a 20-point halftime advantage over No. 15 South Dakota State, then withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Jackrabbits to claim a 35-21 Homecoming victory at Plaster Field.
In his first start of the season, senior quarterback Ashton Glaser threw for a pair of touchdowns and sealed the win with a 69-yard scoring run with 4:30 remaining in the game and the Bears clinging to a six-point lead. Ryan Heaston rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries, while Mikael Cooper-Falls carried 10 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns, giving MSU its first 100-yard rushing duo in nearly three years.
Missouri State, which defeated No. 24 Illinois State in its last home game on Sept. 28, turned in a dominant first-half effort, rolling up 310 yards of total offense -- including 222 on the ground -- to build a 20-0 halftime edge. However, the Jackrabbits got on the board early in the third period on an Austin Sumer-to-Brandon Hubert nine-yard scoring pass, then added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to trim the MSU lead to 27-21 with just over six minutes to play.
But on the Bears’ ensuing drive, Glaser called his own number on a 3rd-and-4 play at the MSU 32, breaking free at the line of scrimmage and out-racing a pair of SDSU defenders to the goal line to squash the Jackrabbits’ comeback bid.
MSU rushed for 352 yards -- its fifth-highest total in the last 10 years -- and racked up 478 yards of total offense. The Bears used a series of big plays to break on top early in the game. The Bears wasted little time in setting the tempo, as Glaser completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Julian Burton on the Bears’ first offensive possession of the day, before big runs by Heaston and Cooper-Falls set up two more first-half scores.
Given its largest first-half lead of the season, MSU’s defense followed suit by limiting the high-powered SDSU offense to just 170 yards on 40 plays in the opening half.
South Dakota State got on the board with Sumner’s first touchdown pass to Hubert that capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive and cut the Jacks’ deficit to 20-7 with 7:52 to go in the third quarter.
The Bears responded with a nine-play drive covering 70 yards that ended with Glaser’s second touchdown pass of the day, this one to tight end Gannon Sinclair from 10 yards out to make it a 27-7 contest.
Zach Zenner’s two-yard run just two plays into the fourth pulled the Jacks to within 13 points, and a Bears’ fumble led to another Sumner TD pass, as the junior hit Jason Schneider for a five-yard score to draw SDSU to within 27-21 with 6:04 left on the clock.
Heaston carried twice for a total of six yards to set up Glaser’s game-clinching touchdown run, the longest of his MSU career. The Bears put the clamps on the Jacks from there, coming up with a fourth-down stop on South Dakota State’s next possession, before Caleb Schaffitzel picked off Sumner for his eighth career interception with 1:48 to go to put the finishing touches on the Bears’ first-ever win over SDSU.