Just The Facts
A late touchdown lifted Missouri State past the Murray State football team, 28-21, in a hard-fought game Saturday afternoon at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Missouri.
1Q – The Racers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game thanks to a field goal from Gabriel Vicente and a three-yard touchdown pass from Corey Newble to Tyre Gray. Newble’s pass was one of MSU’s more impressive plays on the day, as the freshman threw a jump pass as he was falling out of bounds, finding Gray in the end zone. D’Montre Wade also got the first of his two interceptions in the game in the opening stanza
2Q – Early in the second quarter, Missouri State got its first big play of the day, when Peyton Huslig found Malik Earl from 35 yards out to cut the score to 10-7. Neither team would score for the remainder of the half, giving the Racers a three-point lead at the break.
3Q – The Bears opened the half by driving 75 yards and scoring on a 10-yard pass from Huslig to Nick Masoner. Later in the quarter, Huslig kept the ball ran 10 yards to push the score to 21-10. However, on the ensuing drive the Racers took the ball 75 yards of their own and scored on a 33-yard pass from Newble to Jordon Gandy. Newble then kept the ball on the two-point attempt and walked it in to cut the lead to 21-18.
4Q – The Racers started the fourth quarter with a second D’Montre Wade interception that led to a second Vicente field goal to tie the game at 21. The score remained deadlocked until just 1:48 remaining in the game when Calen Crowder punched it in from the two-yard line to give the Bears a 28-21 lead. The Racers got the benefit of two big penalties on the ensuing drive, but a late Corey Newble interception sealed the win for Missouri State.
About The Bears
Huslig was 18-for-29 with and two interceptions and two touchdowns, while Earl racked up 80 yards on six catches. Crowder rushed for 104 yards on the ground and McNeese Egbim led the Missouri State defense with a game-high 15 tackles.
Vicente Stays Perfect
Vicente continued the perfect start to his career Saturday by going 2-for-2 on both field goals and PATs. Vicente knocked down field goals of 29 and 35 yards in the game.
D’Montre Wade‘s two interceptions on the night mark the first time in nearly a decade that one Racer has had two picks in the same game. Nathan Brinkley was the last MSU player to accomplish the feat when he did so against UT Martin in 2010. Wade also had a team-high six tackles and 1.0 tackle-for loss.
The Murray State offensive line allowed just one sack in the game, while Lamont Crittendon, Kenney Wooten and Troy-Wayne Quinn each had a solo sack for the Racer defense.
Corey Newble completed eight of 16 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the game for Murray State, while starter Shuler Bentley was 24-for-36 for 133 yards.
OK, What’s Next?
The Racers return to the friendly confines of The Track to host rival Austin Peay in the first Heritage Bank Battle of the Border matchup of 2017-18. Kickoff for the annual Family Weekend game is set for 6 p.m.