Jackrabbits Visit Plaster Saturday for Homecoming Clash

Oct. 24, 2011

Missouri State Bears (1-7, 1-4) vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (2-6, 1-4)
Oct. 29, 2011, 2:05 p.m. Kickoff
Plaster Field (16,300), Springfield, Mo. (Field Turf) I Game Notes (PDF) I Homecoming Events I Tickets 

Game Information

Series:  SDSU leads 3-0 (SDSU is 1-0 in Springfield)
Television:  Mediacom (MC-22) and Bears All-Access (WATCH ON LINE)
Radio:  KTXR (101.3 FM) and MSU Bears Radio Network  (LISTEN LIVE)
Live Stats:  www.MissouriStateBears.com (GAME TRACKER)
Tickets:  www.MissouriStateTix.com or (417) 836-7678 (Kids 12 and under FREE!)
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First and Ten

  • Since 1967, the Bears are 23-21 on Homecoming, including a 15-14 mark in the Division I era and 3-2 record under head coach Terry Allen. The Bears have won three of their last four homecoming tilts and have never played SDSU on homecomng. MSU homecoming dates back to 1921.
  • On the heels of snapping a seven-game losing streak and 12-game road skid with last week's 31-17 win at Western Illinois, Missouri State now has its eyes on ending a two-game home losing streak. The Bears entered the 2011 campaign with six straight home victories, but are 0-2 at Plaster Field so far this year.
  • In the only previous meeting between the Bears and Jackrabbits at Plaster Field (Oct. 10, 2009), Cody Kirby finished 29-for-46 for 288 yards and drove the Bears all the way to the SDSU six-yard line in the final seconds for the potential game-tying score. Key completions to Cadarrius Dotson and Jermaine Saffold on the series gave MSU a chance against the No. 19 visitors, but Kirby was picked off by General Parnell, Parnell's second pick of the day, to spoil the comeback attempt by the Bears in a 24-17 defeat.  Missouri State outgained South Dakota State by a 404 to 344 margin on the afternoon.
  • Two MSU defenders are closing in on 100 career tackles. In just 16 games, Nick Canavan (So., OLB, Norman, Okla.) now needs 7 total tackles to reach the century mark, while Jimmie Strong (Sr., CB, Texarkana, Texas) needs 2 stops to reach 100. Strong is also MSU's active leader in interceptions with 7.  Only two other active MSU defenders have 100 career tackles as Mikel Ruder (Sr., DE, Lawrence, Kan.) has 141, and David Ingram (Sr., ILB, Siloam Springs, Ark.) has 108.
  • Missouri State has picked up 23 points in this week's FCS Coaches Poll, good enough to be ranked 30th by the panel of 28 Division I FCS head coaches.  The Bears are one of seven MVFC teams to receive votes in this week's poll (South Dakota State and Western Illinois did not receive a vote), including No. 2 UNI, No. 3 South Dakota State and No. 18 Indiana State.
  • Jermaine Saffold (Sr., WR, Grandview, Mo.) is coming off his ninth career 100-yard receiving game (fourth this season) with a 138-yard night at Western Illinois.  He now needs just 2 receiving yards to catch Steve Newbold (1977-80) as the club's all-time leader. Likewise, his 15 career TD receptions is three shy of the MSU career record (18), held by Newbold and Jeff Hewitt (1998-2000). In this week's NCAA rankings, Saffold is tied for 20th in receiving yards per game (85.00).
  • With 214 career punts, senior Jordan Chiles (Hillsboro, Ill.) is second on the MSU all-time list, just 25 behind Warren Baker (1968-71) with 239. Chiles also ranks No. 2 all-time in punt yardage (8,423), No. 5 in punt average (39.4), and has three of the seven longest punts in school history (75-72-72).  His 2011 season punting average of 41.5 ranks No. 2 in the MVFC and is 22nd in this week's NCAA FCS rankings.
  • Jimmie Strong (Sr., CB, Texarkana, Texas) is now fifth on MSUs all-time list for interception return yardage (197). With just seven career picks, Strong is now 33 yards shy of the MSU career record of 230 set by Adrion Smith (1990-93).
  • Regardless of the situation, Mike Crutcher (RFr., S, Wentzville, Mo.) is one of the Bears' top tacklers.  The newly-announced Jerry Rice Award watch list honoree is tied for first on the club in special-teams stops (6), second in tackles on running plays (40) and first in passing-play tackles (19). Overall, he is first on the team in total tackles with 65.
  • Chris Douglas (Sr., RB, Lawrenceville, Ga.) needs just 42 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns) to reach the 2,000-yard milestone for his career. He is also 285 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his three-year MSU career, which would make him 11th MSU player to achieve that feat, a particularly amazing one considering he has started just 2 games at MSU.


The Missouri Valley Football Conference has named Missouri State quarterback Trevor Wooden (So., High Springs, Fla.) as its Offensive Player of the Week after the Bears' starting signal caller led MSU to a 31-17 road victory over Western Illinois Saturday.

Wooden averaged 23.8 yards per completion and compiled 272 yards of total offense to orchestrate the Bears' first win of the season. He scored MSU's first touchdown of the night on a 14-yard run less than six minutes into the game to set the pace early and had completions of 57, 50 and 36 yards in the game to implement the MSU deep threat. He also posted a game-high and career-high 82 rushing yards on just 11 carries and averaged a team season-high 10.1 yards per play (27 plays for 272 yards).

Wooden ranks 15th among all Division I FCS quarterbacks in pass efficiency (154.42) and is 42nd in total offense (230.14). He ranks third in the MVFC in both categories. In seven starts in 2011, Wooden is 89-for-141 for 1,298 yards and 9 touchdowns in addition to 313 rushing yards and 4 ground touchdowns. He is MSU's first Valley Offensive Player of the Week since Jermaine Saffold claimed the honor for his efforts against Youngstown State on Oct. 2, 2010.


On Oct. 18, Missouri State safety Mike Crutcher (RFr., S, Wentzville, Mo.) was been added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, the inaugural award presented to the top freshman in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The watch list now includes 18 players, including three from the MVFC.

Crutcher, a product of Timberland High School, leads the Bears with 65 total tackles, including a team-high 35 solo stops, an interception, one tackle for loss and three pass break-ups. He was named MSU's Media Player of the Week for the season opener at Arkansas in which he tallied 10 tackles against the Razorbacks. He had a 13-tackle week, a season high, at No. 4 North Dakota State on Oct. 15 and has notched at least six tackles in seven of his first eight ball games.



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