MSU Returns to Plaster Field for Regular-Season Finale With Sights Set on Sixth MVFC Win
Nov. 11, 2013
Missouri State Game Notes | UNI Game Notes
Missouri State Bears (5-6, 5-2 MVFC) vs. UNI Panthers (5-5, 1-5 MVFC)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Kickoff: 1:04 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: Plaster Field (16,300)
Series: UNI leads 28-5
TV: MVFC-TV/ESPN 3 (Scott Warmann, Adam Seidel)
Radio: Missouri State Radio Network (Art Hains, Rob Bolks)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Live Video: ESPN 3
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com | MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio (updated Tuesday)
Tickets: Game 12 | Missouri State Students Free | Half price Fan Appreciation Weekend ticket special
FIRST AND TEN
• The Missouri State Bears (5-6, 5-2 MVFC) conclude the regular season with a 1:04 p.m. game Saturday (Nov. 16) against the UNI Panthers (5-5, 1-5 MVFC) in search of their fifth-straight victory and their first win against UNI since 2005
• The Bears are averaging 32.7 points per game in MVFC play, good for third in the conference, while MSU's scoring defense is rated No. 2 in league play after limiting the opposition to 21.4 points per outing through six games
• MSU rolled up 510 yards of total offense, including a season-high 342 passing yards, in last Saturday's win at Southern Illinois; senior QB Ashton Glaser accounted for 310 yards and two touchdown passes en route to picking up MVFC Offensive Player of the Week recognition
• Missouri State leads all FCS teams in interceptions returned for touchdowns (5) and ranks second in total interception return yards (361) this season; the Bears also share the MVFC lead and rank second nationally in interceptions (16)
• With 64 career conference wins, MSU head coach Terry Allen is within one victory of UNI's Mark Farley for the all-time lead in MVFC coaching wins; Allen is also one overall victory away from matching Randy Ball (34) for the No. 5 spot on the Bears' career wins list
• MSU secured its third five-win MVFC campaign and its first since 1990 with last Saturday's win at Southern Illinois; the Bears have not won six league games since 1978, when they went 6-0 to win the MIAA
• Senior receiver Dorian Buford needs one catch to become the 11th player in school history to record 100 career receptions
• Senior cornerback Howard Scarborough (1.4) owns the overall Valley lead in passes broken up per outing and ranks third on the Bears' career passes broken up chart; with 30 PBUs over his four-year career, he trails only Willie Parks (34) and all-time leader Adrion Smith (37) on MSU's career list
• Bears special teams share the FCS lead with seven blocked kicks on the season; Missouri State has blocked three punts -- two of which were returned for touchdowns -- to go along with four PAT/FG tries, matching the season totals of four other teams; Matt Swan and Anthony Grady have each recorded a pair of blocks to lead MSU and Swan needs one more to move into a third-place tie on the Bears' career blocks list
• Junior receiver Julian Burton cracked the Bears' single-season receptions Top 10 with his career-best seven-catch effort at Southern Illinois last Saturday; with 48 receptions, he needs three more to match Chance Thurman for the No. 9 spot on the chart
UNI holds a commanding 28-5 advantage in the series, including wins in each of the last seven meetings. The Panthers have taken 13 of the 16 contests played in Springfield, including a 42-7 victory two years ago in their last trip to Plaster Field. Last season, UNI scored the first 38 points of the two clubs' game in Cedar Falls, eventually closing out a 38-13 victory and the Bears' season. Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while David Johnson scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for another to lead the UNI charge. Kierra Harriscompleted 29-of-39 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown to pace the MSU offense.
After dropping their first five conference games, the Panthers are coming off a 22-20 come-from-behind victory over Youngstown State, which entered last Saturday's contest unbeaten in MVFC play. Tyler Sievertsen booted a last-second field goal to lift UNI, which rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to improve to 5-5 overall. The Panthers boast the No. 2 scoring defense in the Valley, entering play yielding just 20.3 points per game.
HEAD 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 64-41 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 128-114 (.529) in his 21st year as a head coach and 33-55 (.375) in his eighth year at Missouri State. The 1979 Northern Iowa graduate is winless in seven previous meetings with his alma mater and has an 84-40 overall home record (21-21 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).