Racers Dazzle in Front of Record Crowd

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Photo by Dave Winder

Record Crowd

Playing to the largest crowd Roy Stewart Stadium has seen in 21 years, the Murray State football team put on a show Saturday night, defeating Morehead State, 59-7.

Murray State accounted for over 500 yards of offense in the game led by incredible performance by quarterback Preston Rice. The redshirt sophomore from Waynesboro, Tennessee was 17-for-24 in the game with no interceptions and four touchdowns on 214 yards. In addition, he rushed for 86 yards on nine carries and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Bell in the third quarter.

LaMartez Brooks led the MSU receivers with five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, while Ty Terrell led the special teams with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Defensively, the Racers had five takeaways on the day with four fumble recoveries and an interception and held the Eagles to less than 250 yards of total offense and less than 100 yards rushing. Anthony Koclanakis led the attack for Murray State with eight tackles and an interception, while Scott Humpich had six tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.

Next Saturday, the Racers will open OVC play on the road when they make the short trip over the state line to take on UT Martin. Kick-off from Hardy M. Graham Stadium in schedule for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

Game Notes

  • Saturday’s attendance of 11,921 was the largest single-game crowd since 1998 and the fifth largest crowd in the modern era.
  • The four fumble recoveries are the most by a Racer team since 2008 when Murray State had four against Illinois State.
  • The plus-five turnover margin from the Racers (four fumbles recovered, one interceptions) is the largest since the Racers had plus-six in 2016 at Eastern Illinois.
  • With no turnovers for the second time this season, it marks the third time in Mitch Stewart‘s five-season tenure that the Racers have notched two or more zero turnover games in the same season.

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