Bears to Recognize 10 Seniors this Saturday in Season Finale vs. ISU
Indiana State (1-8, 1-5) at
Missouri State Bears (5-4, 3-3)
Nov. 7, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
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: The Missouri State Bears will play their final home game of the 2009 campaign this week when they entertain the Indiana State Sycamores at Plaster Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Senior Day. Missouri State will pay tribute to its 2009 senior class that includes Cedric Alvis (CB, Columbia, Mo.), Mike Daniels (DT, Leesburg, Ga.), Jared Emery (WR, Mountain Grove, Mo.), Clay Harbor (TE, Dwight, Ill.), Tyler Horner (QB, Dayton, Ohio), Matt Hottelman (K, O'Fallon, Mo.), John Mayberry (OT, Oceanside, Calif.), Connor McDonough (DE, Belton, Mo.), Miguel Warren (TB, Raytown, Mo.), and Andy Watts (OG, Springfield, Mo.) in pregame ceremonies involving the players' parents. MSU is coming off a 24-14 homecoming loss to Illinois State last week in a hard-fought defensive contest that snapped a two-game winning streak for the Bears. The Redbirds scored on the final play of the first half and tacked on a fourth-quarter field goal to overcome a 14-14 tie and spoil the Bears' first home contest in three weeks. The Bears had sensational individual efforts from a pair of upper classmen in the game. Antoine Wilkinson (Jr., LB, Magnolia, Miss.) recorded a game-high and career-high 20 tackles in the game, including 10 solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and one pass break-up. Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.) posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season -- and second in three weeks -- by reeling in eight receptions for 102 yards in the contest. Harbor also became Missouri State's career receptions leader by collecting his 138th pass in the contest and moving within 206 yards of the school record for career receiving yards. Indiana State is coming off a 33-0 home loss to No. 3 Southern Illinois last week. The Salukis held ISU to just six first downs and 90 total yards in the contest. SIU rolled up 161 rushing yards on 44 carries (3.7) and scored three touchdowns on the ground. The Salukis also scored on a blocked punt return, a field goal and a safety. This season, the Bears are 5-4 overall, 2-3 at Plaster Field, and 3-3 in MVFC play (0-3 at home). Overall, Missouri State is 437-438-39 (.499) in 98 seasons all-time, including a 194-145-12 (.569) record in 68 seasons at Plaster Field, 67-89-1 (.430) mark in MVFC play, and 150-152-3 (.497) record at the NCAA Division I FCS level. The Series:
Missouri State has won the last two meetings between the two clubs, and has been victorious in five of the last six games against ISU. All-time, the Bears are 15-8 overall and 9-2 at home against the Sycamores, including three straight wins. Indiana State's two previous wins in Springfield were in 1995 (16-9) and 2001 (25-19). Last year in Terre Haute, the two teams battled for 60 minutes before the Bears were able to prevail in overtime, 27-24 in an unlikely come-from-behind win. On the last play of regulation, Cody Kirby found senior Chris Geisz in the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown reception to tie the game, 21-21. The play was set up by a facemasking penalty on the Sycamores that moved the ball from the ISU 34 to the 19 to give the Bears a shot at the end zone. In overtime, ISU gained just two yards and took a 24-21 lead on a 39-yard field goal, but Kirby rallied the Bears again with runs of six and 19 yards for the game-winning touchdown two plays later. The Coach:
Missouri State head coach Terry Allen (Northern Iowa, 1979) is 112-84 (.571) overall in his 17th season as a head coach. Allen is 17-25 (.405) in his fourth season at Missouri State. He is also 89-48 (.650) in Missouri Valley Football Conference games, including his tenure at Northern Iowa (1989-96). Allen is 9-2 all-time against ISU. With the Bears, Allen is 10-12 at home, 7-13 away, 9-18 in conference play (4-10 at home), 8-7 in non-conference games (6-2 at home), 1-0 in overtime, 0-1 in shutouts, and 9-9 in games decided by 10 points or less. Coach Allen spent 10 years as an assistant coach at UNI (1979-88) before taking over the head coaching duties there in 1989 where he spent the next eight seasons (1989-96). He was 72-26 at UNI and five-time MVFC Coach of the Year, taking the Panthers to the NCAA FCS playoffs seven straight years. He took over the head coaching duties at Kansas in 1997 and was 20-33 in five years with the Big 12 Jayhawks (1997-2001). Prior to coming to MSU, he spent four seasons (2002-05) as associate head coach at Iowa State.First and Ten:
Ten Missouri state quick hits relating to today's game:
- Clay Harbor broke the MSU all-time receiving record last week against Illinois State with his 138th career reception. He is now 206 receiving yards shy of Steve Newbold's (1977-80) all-time receiving yards record of 1,990. He is the second MSU player to record three seasons with 40 catches or more (Jason Cannon, 1995-96-97) and will tie Cannon for the MSU record for consecutive games with a pass reception (33) if he catches at least one pass in the team's final two games. He is also one 100-yard receiving game shy of tying the MSU season (4) and career (6) marks.
- Cody Kirby needs one touchdown to suprass Mitch Ware (1976-79) and Jeremy Hoog (1994-97) for the Missouri State career TD passing record. Kirby tied Ware and Hoog with his 36th career touchdown pass against Illinois State. He is also 218 yards shy of becoming the second MSU passer (Jeremy Hoog, 1996-97) to have two 2,000-yard seasons.
- Kirby has thrown a touchdown pass in seven straight games.
- Over the last eight games, Missouri State has not allowed an opponent to score on its opening drive of the second half. During that span, opponents have punted five times, committed two turnovers and missed one field goal.
- The Bears are looking to secure a four-win conference season for the first time since 1993. Since joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 1985, MSU has had just five seasons with four or more league wins.
- MSU is one win shy of tying its decade high for wins (6). Missouri State has finished 6-5 three times this decade -- 2001, 2004 and 2007. During the Division I era (1982-present), the Bears have won six or more games 12 times.
- Antoine Wilkinson is 8 tackles shy of 100 stops this season. He would become the first MSU defender to hit the century mark in total tackles since Darryl Johnson in 2004. This season, Wilkinson has recorded double-figure tackles five times and has nine or more stops in seven of the team's nine games.
- Over its previous three games, MSU had manufactured 13 drives of 60 yards or more, but was able to sustain just one 60-yard drive last week against Illinois State, a 79-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. During the last four games, MSU has had 13 drives that have consumed at least 10 plays.
- MSU is looking for its first home MVFC victory this season. The last time the Bears were winless at home in the league was 1995 (0-3) under first-year coach Del Miller. Ironically, the Bears are 3-0 in MVFC road games in 2009.
- Terry Allen is one win away from securing his second winning season as Bears' head coach. He would also become just the fifth MSU coach to win six games in his fourth season, joining Jesse Branch (10 wins in 1989), Howard Blair (8 wins in 1941), Rich Johanningmeier (7 wins in 1979), and Orville Pottenger (6 wins in 1964).
All Missouri State Bears games can be heard on KTXR, Springfield (101.3 FM), the flagship station of the seven-station Missouri State Bears Football Radio Network. Play-by-play man Art Hains will be joined by third-year color commentator Scott Opfer and KYTV Sports Director Ned Reynolds in the booth this season. Hains first began calling MSU action in 1977 and is in his second stint and 30th season as the Voice of the Bears. He called Bears games from 1977-81 and returned to that post in 1985. The ISU game is Art's 319th MSU broadcast. MSU football can also be heard on the seven-station, Missouri State Bears Football Radio Network on the following affiliates: Ava - KKOZ (92.1 FM/1430 AM); Jefferson City - KJMO (97.5); Kansas City - KCWJ (1030 AM); Monett - KKBL (95.9 FM); Poplar Bluff - KLID (1340 AM); St. Louis - KFNS (100.7 FM); and Springfield - KTXR (101.3 FM) (flagship).On-Line:
Select games this season, including this week's game vs. ISU, will be shown on Missouri State's on-line video channel, Bears Live! Bears Live is a premium, broadband video destination for exclusive live and on-demand Missouri State streaming video & audio. This broadband video channel is the ultimate place for Bears fans on the web and can be accessed through www.MissouriStateBears.com, the official web site of Missouri State Athletics. Links to live game stats, and the free audio stream (through www.RadioSpringfield.com) can be found on this week's game notes page on www.MissouriStateBears.com or at the Fan Central link on the home page.Television:
Today's game will be shown on Mediacom Connections (Channel 22 locally) and the Missouri Sports Cable Network throughout the state of Missouri, on a tape-delayed basis. Play-by-play man Don West will call the action, while Mike McClure is the color commentator for the games, and Corey Riggs is executive producer. Last Game:
After tying the game twice in the first half, the Bears were held scoreless in the third and fourth quarters in a 24-14 homecoming loss to Illinois State. The loss was the third in a row at home for the Bears. The game got off to a rocky start as the Bears were held to just eight yards on their opening sequence. The ensuing punt was missed by Jordan Chiles, and ISU recovered at the Missouri State 16-yard line. Four plays later, Geno Blow scored from the one-yard line to put the Redbirds up 7-0. MSU rallied with a 47-yard touchdown strike from Cody Kirby (Jr., QB, Rogers, Ark.) to Jermaine Saffold (So., WR, Grandview, Mo.) with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter to tie the game, 7-7. After falling behind 14-7 early in the second quarter, MSU posted a 79-yard touchdown drive that consumed 10 plays and was capped by a sensational 28-yard catch-and-run score by Cadarrius Dotson (Fr., WR, Memphis, Tenn.) to tie the game, 14-14, with 10:03 to play in the half. However, on the final play of the second quarter, Illinois State's desperation pass into the end zone bounced around before Brandon Venson pulled it down for the Redbirds to give ISU a 21-14 lead at the intermission. The second half stalemate produced only a 42-yard field goal by the Redbirds, and despite 248 passing yards from Kirby and 102 receiving yards by Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.), ending the Bears' two-game winning streak.Team Captains:
Missouri State will have five co-captains for the 2009 season, including a pair of seniors and three juniors. The Bears' 2009 captains include tight end Clay Harbor (Sr., Dwight, Ill.), cornerback Cedric Alvis (Sr., Columbia, Mo.), guard David Arkin (Jr., Wichita, Kan.), quarterback Cody Kirby (Jr., Rogers, Ark.), and safety Skylar Smith (Jr., Springfield, Mo.). Kirby was also a co-captain in 2008, which made him just the third MSU sophomore captain since 1953 (joining Corky Martin, 1999, and Kevin Sears, 2005).Scouting ISU
: The Sycamores come to Springfield with a 1-8 overall record and 1-5 mark in the MVFC. Indiana State is led by a trio of rushers, including Antoine Brown who has a team-high 317 yards, while quarterback Ryan Roberts has 279 ground yards, and last year's star of the game against the Bears, Darrius Gates, has 261. Roberts has four of ISU's six rushing touchdowns this season and has passed for 360 yards and one touchdown. His favorite targets are Bryant Kent and Larry Lacotti with 16 receptions apiece. Kent has two of the team's three TD receptions this year. The Sycamores rank among the nation's bottom 20 teams in 10 statistical categories, but rank 41st nationally and fourth in the MVFC in punt returns.About Missouri State:
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while achieving five goals: democratizing society, incubating new ideas, imagining Missouri's future, making Missouri's future, and modeling ethical and effective behavior. With a record enrollment of 22,938 in 2009-10, MSU is the second-largest institution for higher learning in Missouri, and its identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs. This mission requires a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship. Missouri State University-Springfield is a selective admissions, graduate level teaching and research institution. Missouri State competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference with affiliate membership in the Mid-American Conference for field hockey and men's swimming and diving. Notable Missouri State alums include: Ryan Howard (2009 NLCS MVP, first baseman, Philadelphia Phillies), John Goodman (actor), Kathleen Turner (actress), David Glass (owner, Kansas City Royals), John Q. Hammons (businessman, hotel developer), Bob Holden (43rd governor of Missouri), Bill Mueller (2003 American League batting champ), Jackie Stiles (Division I career scoring leader), and Blake Ahearn (NBA D-League MVP and All-Star Game co-MVP).Kirby Home Demonstration:
Cody Kirby (Jr., QB, Rogers, Ark.) has enjoyed great success at Plaster Field during his time at MSU. In 16 career home games, including 15 starts, Kirby has thrown for 3,193 yards (199.6) and 24 touchdown passes, including ten 200-yard performances. The Bears are 7-8 in Kirby starts at home and 13-15 in his 28 starts overall. He has been the MSU quarterback in 626 of the team's 639 plays this season. He has touchdown passes in 13 of 15 home starts during his career.Milestones:
Cody Kirby (Jr., QB, Rogers, Ark.) needs 1 rushing TD for 20 ... Kirby needs 1 passing touchdown to break the MSU career record (he is currently in a three-way tie with 36) ... Kirby needs 462 passing yards for 6,000 career and 218 yards for 2,000 this season ... Kirby needs 61 rushing yards for 500 ... Kirby needs 23 total yards to reach 6,000 career ... Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.) needs 1 touchdown for 10 ... Byron Hightower (Jr., LB, Raytown, Mo.) needs 4 tackles for 100 career ... Matt Hottelman (Sr., K, O'Fallon, Mo.) needs 8 points for 100 career ... Antoine Wilkinson (Jr., LB, Magnolia, Miss.) needs 8 tackles for 100 this season (first Bear since 2004). Conseuctive starts:
Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.) 32; David Arkin (Jr., OG, Wichita, Kan.) 31; Cody Kirby (Jr., QB, Rogers, Ark.) 28; Cedric Alvis (Sr., CB, Columbia, Mo.) 20; Derek Miller (Jr., S, Olathe, Kan.) 10.Honors Continue for Tight End Harbor:
Bears' tight end Clay Harbor (Sr., Dwight, Ill.) continues to collect preseason All-America honors from various publications and organizations. During the 2009 preseason, he was named to All-America teams by The Sports Network, College Sporting News, Consensus Draft Services, and Lindy's College Football Preview. He was MSU Player of the Week on 10/3/09 for his 101-yard effort in the Bears' 17-7 win at Youngstown State and on 10/17/09 for his career-high 171-yard game in the win at Western Illinois. His effort in the WIU game also earned him Offensive Player of the Week by the MVFC. After collecting 40 receptions for 457 yards in 2008, Harbor earned Associated Press FCS All-America second-team honors. Harbor is a two-time, first-team All-MVFC pick as well as twice being recognized on the AP All-America list, including a third-team honor in 2007. He was also named to the Sports Network Fab 50 in 2008. In 2009, Harbor is ranked as the No. 12 overall player -- and top tight end -- in the NCAA FCS, according to the ranking source for Phil Steele. The top 20 players are: 1. QB Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, Sr.; 2. WR/RS Andre' Roberts, Citadel, Sr.; 3. QB Cameron Higgins, Weber State, Jr.; 4. WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon, Sr.; 5. FS Mark LeGree, Appalachian St., Jr.; 6. DE Larry Hart, Central Arkansas, Sr.; 7. QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Sr.; 8. RS Leroy Vann, Florida A&M, Sr.; 9. RB Trevyn Smith, Weber State, Sr.; 10. OT James Williams, Harvard, Sr.; 11. DE James Ruffin, Northern Iowa, Sr.; 12. TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State, Sr.; 13. OG Matthew McCracken, Richmond, Sr.; 14. WR/RS Marc Mariani, Montana, Sr.; 15. TE Scott Sicko, New Hampshire, Sr.; 16. RS Scotty McGee, James Madison, Sr.; 17. OT Vladimir Ducasse, UMass., Sr.; 18. RB William Ford, South Carolina State, Sr.; 19. DE Austen Lane, Murray State, Sr.; 20. DT Mychal Savage, Youngstown State, Sr.MSU Player of the Week:
Antoine Wilkinson (Jr., LB, Magnolia, Miss.) recorded his fifth double-figure tackle effort of the season and became the first MSU player since Darryl Johnson (11/6/04) to record 20 tackles in a single game in last week's homecoming contest against Illinois State. Wilkinson had 20 total tackles, 10 solo stops, one tackle for loss and broke up his eighth pass of the season in the contest. He also became the first MSU player this season to earn the MSU Player of the Week honor more than once. In 2008, Cody Kirby (QB, Rogers, Ark.) was named 2008 Missouri State Coors Player of the Year after earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honors and throwing for 2,014 yards and 15 touchdowns, finishing second in the league in total offense and 53rd nationally. He led the Bears to three fourth-quarter go-ahead or tying scores in 2008. Coors is no longer sponsoring the MSU Player of the Week/Player of the Year awards.MVFC Preseason All-Conference Team:
The Missouri Valley Football Conference released its preseason all-conference team on July 20 at its annual Media Day festivities in St. Louis. Three Bears were named to the Missouri Valley Football Preseason Team, including Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.), David Arkin (Jr., OG, Wichita, Kan.) and honorable mention selection Cody Kirby (Jr., QB, Rogers, Ark.). Harbor, a preseason All-America pick by several agencies, snagged 40 receptions for 457 yards in 2008 for the Bears, both tops on the squad, and earned Associated Press FCS All-America second-team honors. Harbor is a two-time, first-team All-MVFC pick as well as twice being recognized on the AP All-America list. Arkin was named a preseason Third-Team All-America pick at offensive guard by the Sports Network. He graded out at 86 percent during the 2008 season, starting all 11 games at offensive guard. He was named the team's Offensive Lineman of the Week four times in 2008, also gaining the squad's Offensive Player of the Week distinction twice. He was a 2008 All-Valley preseason selection in addition to being named to the league's All-Newcomer Team and Second-Team All-Conference squads the past two seasons. Kirby, who found a spot on the MVFC Preseason Team as an honorable mention pick, earned All-Valley second-team honors as a sophomore in 2008 after throwing for 2,104 yards and 15 touchdowns while posting 2,227 yards of total offense and scoring nine touchdowns. At 183.1 yards per game, he is the league's top returning passer and No. 2 returnee in total offense (202.5 ypg). Kirby was the league's preseason All-Valley quarterback in 2008 and was the 2007 MVFC Freshman of the Year.Individual Statistical Leaders:
The following active Missouri State players rank among the Missouri Valley Football Conference's top 10 individual performers in the categories indicated:
Valley All-Time Football Team:
- Antoine Wilkinson is 2nd in tackles (10.22)
- Cody Kirby ranks 3rd in total offense (198.22) and 6th in passing efficiency (126.71)
- Clay Harbor ranks 5th in receptions per game (5.22) and 5th in receiving yards per game (67.44).
- Jermaine Saffold ranks 5th in kickoff returns (21.36)
- Jordan Chiles ranks 5th in punting (39.08)
- Miguel Warren ranks 6th in kickoff returns (21.18)
- Derek Miller is tied for 7th in inerceptions (0.33)
- Matt Hottelman is 7th in field goals (0.56)
- Skylar Smith is 7th in tackles (8.22)
- Mikael Cooper-Falls ranks 9th in rushing (43.86)
- Adam Beauchamp is 10th in tackles (7.89).
As a part of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Silver Anniversary Celebration, fans are invited to participate in the selection of the Valley's All-Time Football Team. The ballots are accessible through the the Missouri Valley Football Conference web site or at www.Valley-Football25.org. (one ballot per site visit). There are 14 Bears on the ballot, including: DeAndre Smith (QB, 1987-90), Clay Harbor (TE, 2006-present), Brad St. Louis (TE, 1996-99), Mark Christensen (OL, 1986-89), Matt Irvin (OL, 1989-92), Wayne Boyer (PK ,1993-96), Travis Brawner (PK, 1997-99), Jon Scifres (PK, 2002-05), Michael Fox (DL, 1989-90), Bill Waler (DL, 1988-91), DeLaun Fowler (LB, 1992-95), Matt Soraghan (LB, 1985-87), Adrion Smith (DB, 1989-91), and Marcus Shipp (DB, 1989-91). Four Bears, DeAndre Smith, Adrion Smith, Brad St. Louis, and Wayne Boyer, were selected to the team this week.MVFC All-Select NFL Team:
Former Missouri State football Bears Brad St. Louis and Jason Whittle have been named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference "All-Select NFL Team," the league announced Monday (July 20) in St. Louis. Whittle, most recently an offensive lineman with the Buffalo Bills, finished his 11th season in the NFL in 2008. He signed a free agent contract in the 2003 off-season with the New York Giants. He later moved to the Minnesota Vikings for the 2006 campaign before joining the Bills in 2007. An offensive and defensive line standout at Missouri State from 1994-97, Whittle signed with the Giants in 1998 and was a regular lineman and deep snapper for the team. His play in the 2001 Super Bowl was the first time an MSU product had played in the NFL title game. St. Louis was released from the Cincinnati Bengals on 10/12/09 during his 10th year with the club. He was the longest-tenured player on the Bengals' roster at the time. He starred for MSU at tight end from 1996-99 and played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl after his senior MSU season prior to signing with Cincinnati. He has operated as the Bengals' regular deep snapper each of the past six seasons with additional work at tight end. The team includes 35 players from current and former MVFC schools. The team includes four NFL MVPs, 15 Pro-Bowl selections and other 23 Super Bowl appearances by 12 players. Sixteen former league players are active in the NFL.National Leaders: Bears ranking among the nation's top 50 players in this week's NCAA Division I FCS statistics are: Antoine Wilkinson (Jr., LB, Magnolia, Miss.) has jumped 22 spots to 20th in tackles (10.22), Jordan Chiles (So., P, Hillsboro, Ill.) is 40th in punting (39.08), Clay Harbor (Sr., TE, Dwight, Ill.) is 41st in receptions per game (5.22) and 52nd in receiving yards per game (67.44). MSU is also among the top 50 teams nationally in scoring defense (49th/21.67) and on the fringe of the national top 50 in passing offense (51st/199.11) and passing efficiency (51st/126.10). Postseason History:
The Bears have appeared in three postseason games during their NCAA Division I era (1982-present). In 1989, the Bears were ranked No. 9 in the FCS poll when they hosted Maine at Plaster Field on 11/25/89. A 33-yard field goal by Chris Potthast with eight seconds left sent MSU to the national quarterfinals at Stephen F. Austin with a 38-35 win. The Bears gave up 613 yards in total offense at SFA and fell 55-25, despite trailing just 23-10 at the half. MSU finished the year 10-3. In 1990, MSU hosted No. 13 Idaho at Plaster Field in the first round of the playoffs. After a field goal by Richard Grote on the first play of the fourth quarter tied the game, 35-35, the Bears gave up field goals of 29 and 50 yards later in the quarter, and the potential game-winning drive stalled at the Idaho 45 with 30 seconds remaining in a 41-35 defeat. Prior to their Division I days, the Bears appeared in three bowl games, falling 34-20 to Emporia State in the 1948 Mo-Kan Bowl, dropping a 21-14 decision to Northern Illinois in the 1963 Mineral Water Bowl, and coming up short, 14-8, to Adams State in the 1966 Mineral Water Bowl. Including its three bowl games, MSU is 1-5 all-time in postseason.Up Next:
The Bears travel to Southern Illinois on Nov. 14 for their regular-season finale in Carbondale at 2 p.m. Despite losing the last six games in the series, Missouri State is 16-15 all-time against the Salukis and 7-8 in Carbondale.