Racers Look To Keep Rolling Against EIU Sunday

Ranked and undefeated Racers host Panthers at The Track

Date (Time): Mar. 28 (2 p.m.)
Opponent: Eastern Illinois
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (Roy Stewart Stadium)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Josh McKeel)
TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Josh McKeel)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersFootball
MUR Record (Streak): 4-0, 4-0 OVC (Won 3)
EIU Record (Streak): 1-3, 1-3 OVC (Won 1)
All-Time Series vs. EIU (Streak): EIU leads 19-16 (Won 2)
All-Time Series in Murray (Streak): MUR leads 10-8 (Won 1)
First Meeting: W 38-13 (Nov. 15, 1946; Murray, Ky.)
Last Meeting: W 24-17 (Oct. 5, 2019, Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Win: 28 Points [W 35-7] (Nov. 12, 1977; Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Loss: 41 Points [L 7-48] (Oct. 14, 2000, Charleston, Ill.)
Last Five vs. EIU: 3-2(WWLWL)
MUR Next Game: Apr. 3 at Austin Peay
MUR Next Home Game: Apr. 11 vs. #7 Jacksonville State

The Game
The 17th-ranked Murray State football team welcomes Eastern Illinois to Roy Stewart Stadium Sunday, as the Racers look to start the season 5-0 for the first time since 1995. Kickoff from The Track is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game airing live on ESPN+ and Froggy 103.7 FM.

The Series At A Glance
Sunday will be the 36th meeting between Eastern Illinois and Murray State with the Panthers leading the all-time series, 19-16, but the Racers leading games played in Murray, 10-8. Despite trailing the all-time series, Murray State has won each of the last two meetings and three of the last four.

Scouting The Panthers
Eastern Illinois picked up its first win of the season last week, holding off a late surge from Tennessee Tech to top the Golden Eagles, 28-20. With the win, the Panthers are now 1-3 on the season with three games remaining in the season.

The Panthers are currently averaging 17.5 points on 302.5 yards per game, while allowing 29.0 points on 367.2 yards. Despite allowing over 350 yards per game, EIU does currently have one of the nation’s best rush defenses allowing just 92.2 yards per game on the ground.

True freshman Otto Kuhns has started each of the past two games at quarterback for Eastern Illinois where he is currently 34-for-61 with two interceptions and four touchdowns. Defensively, Jason Johnson leads EIU with 11.0 tackles per game after notching 15 in the win over Tennessee Tech.

Movin’ On Up
The Racers moved up in both major FCS Top 25 polls this week. Murray State jumped from 24th to 17th in the AFCA poll and from 25th and 19th in the STATS PERFORM poll.

Reservations For Six
With Marvin Pierre’s interception return for a touchdown against Tennessee State, the Racers now have four on the year, which currently leads the FCS. In addition to the four interceptions that turned into touchdowns, the Racers have five other picks for a total of nine. Paired with two fumble recoveries, the Racer are currently averaging 1.8 takeaways per game, which is the fifth best average in the nation.

Protect the Rock
Murray State’s ball protection has been a key to its success this season. Through four games, the Racers have lost the ball just four times, which leads the OVC. Furthermore, the MSU offensive line has allowed just three sacks on the year, which is the ninth best average (0.8 per game) in the nation.

Historic Start
With the win last week, the Racers are now 4-0 for the first time since 1995. Murray State is just one of two teams in the FCS that is currently 4-0, the other being Virginia Military Institute.

Seeing Red
The Racers currently have the 12th best red zone defense in the nation, with the MSU defense limiting opponents to a 66.7-percent success rate inside the 20. MSU opponents have been limited to just six rushing touchdowns and two field goals on 12 red zone attempts this season.

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