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Nov. 14, 2011

Missouri State Bears (1-9, 1-6 MVFC) at Youngstown State (6-4, 4-3 MVFC)
Nov. 19, 2011, 12:05 p.m. (Central) Kickoff
Stambaugh Stadium (20,630), Youngstown, Ohio) I MSU Game Notes (PDF)

Game Information

Series:  YSU leads 11-4 (MSU is 1-6 in Youngstown)
Television:  MyYTV (through Stretch Internet)
Radio:  KTXR (101.3 FM) and MSU Bears Radio Network (LISTEN LIVE)
Live Stats: (Live Stats)
Tickets: or (330) 941-1YSU
GameDay Gear I MVFC Weekly Release

First and Ten

  • Missouri State has won three straight against Youngstown State, all double-figure victories over the Penguins, including a 17-7 win at Stambaugh Stadium on Oct. 3, 2009.
  • Over the last three games, the Bears have held their opponents to negative yards on their opening drive of the second half. The Bears’ defense forced Western Illinois into a three-and-out punt after -3 yards; held South Dakota State to three-and-out after -2 yards; and recovered an Indiana State fumble after the Sycamores went -16 yards on one play.
  • MSU freshman safety Mike Crutcher (Wentzville, Mo.) is on track to lead the Bears in total tackles for the 2011 season. He would be the first freshman to do so since P.J. Jones in 1998. Through 10 games, Crutcher has 77 total stops, five ahead of fellow freshman Andrew Beisel for the team lead.  Crutcher is a Jerry Rice Award Watch List selection for 2011.
  • The Bears have scored points in 13 of their last 16 quarters, in addition to scoring a touchdown in overtime against South Dakota State on Oct. 29.
  • Today’s game at Youngstown State will be Missouri State’s last meeting with the Penguins until 2014.  With the addition of South Dakota to the league slate in 2012, MSU will not play YSU as part of its eight-game MVFC schedule during the 2012 or 2013 seasons.
  • Jermaine Saffold (Sr., WR, Grandview, Mo.) needs 61 receiving yards to match Mark Marcos (2001) for the Missouri State single-season record of 905.  He already holds a share of the MSU single-season receiving TD record (8) and needs two more touchdown catches to tie for the career record (18).  Saffold has a pass reception in 30 straight games and ranks 21st nationally in receiving yards per game (84.40).
  • Youngstown State ranks No. 3 in the NCAA Division I ranks in total offense (460.10) and has the No. 5 rusher in Jamaine Cook (128.20).
  • The Bears finished their 2011 home slate with a Plaster Field attendance average of 10,804, the team’s highest average since 1999.  It also marks the first time since 2007 that the Bears have averaged over 10,000 per game. Ironically, the Bears finished winless (0-4) at home for the first time 1986.
  • Jordan Chiles (Sr., P, Hillsboro, Ill.) needs just 12 more punting yards to become Missouri State’s career leader in that category. He will finish second in career punts (226) and in the top five in MSU history in career punting average (39.3).
  • Chris Douglas (Sr., RB, Lawrenceville, Ga.) is 144 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his three-year MSU career, which would make him 11th MSU player to achieve that feat. He has rushed for 76 and 65 yards, respectively, in his last two outings.  He has five career 100-yard rushing games, but none this season.



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