Racer Football at Tennessee Tech on Sunday

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Date (Time): Mar. 14 (1:30 p.m.)
Opponent: Tennessee Tech
Site (Venue): Cookeville, Tenn. (Tucker Stadium)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Aaron Clayton)
TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Dylan Vazanno; Analyst: Sam Brooks)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersFootball
MUR Record (Streak): 2-0, 2-0 OVC (Won 2)
TTU Record (Streak): 1-1, 1-1 OVC (Lost 1)
All-Time Series vs. TTU (Streak): TTU leads 46-38-1 (Lost 1)
All-Time Series in Cookeville (Streak): TTU leads 25-15 (Lost 3)
First Meeting: L 6-26 (Nov. 7, 1930; Murray, Ky.)
Last Meeting: L 27-17 (Nov. 2, 2019, Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Win: W 47-0 (Nov. 13, 1936; Cookeville, Tenn.)
Largest MSU Loss: L 13-51 (Oct. 22, 1966, Murray, Ky.)
Last Five vs. TTU: 1-4 (LLWLL)
MUR Next Game: Mar. 21 vs. Tennessee State
MUR Next Home Game: Mar. 21 vs. Tennessee State

The Game

Sporting one of the top defenses in the nation, the Racers will look to improve on their 2-0 start Sunday in Cookeville, Tennessee against Tennessee Tech. Kickoff from Tucker Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and will air live on Froggy 103.7 FM and ESPN+.

The Series At A Glance

Sunday will be the 85th meeting between Tennessee Tech and Murray State with the Golden Eagles leading the all-time series, 46-38-1 overall and 25-15 in Cookeville including each of the last three meetings there.

Scouting The Golden Eagles

After a bye week last week, Tennessee Tech is currently 1-1 on the season. The Golden Eagles upset then 13th-ranked Austin Peay at home in their first game, 27-21, but fell in their second game on the road at then 16th-ranked Jacksonville State, 27-10.

Tennessee Tech is currently averaging 18.5 points per game on the year with just 62.5 rushing yards and 129.0 passing yards for a total of 191.5 yards per game. Conversely, the Golden Eagle defense is allowing 24.0 points and 386.0 yards per game with 213.5 allowed on the ground and 172.5 allowed in the air.

Bailey Fisher has spent the most time under center for TTU this season where has completed 15 passes on 24 attempts for 137 yards with one touchdown and no interception.

With running back David Gist, who has 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season, likely ruled out for Sunday's game, the Golden Eagles will look to a pair of receivers to step up. Metrius Fleming and Justin Oden have caught six passes each this season for 97 and 105 yards, respectively, with Fleming also adding a touchdown.

Defensively, Seth Carlisle is averaging 10 tackles per game for Tennessee Tech this season with two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, and an interception.

No Fly Zone

With five interceptions in two games, Murray State currently boasts the nation's most effective defense against the pass. On top of the five interceptions, the Racers have also forced three fumbles this season, recovering one, are limiting opponents to a 51-percent completion percentage and just 107.5 passing yards per game. In addition, the Racers have allowed a grand total of zero passing touchdowns on the year.

Floyd's Flex

With two interceptions, including a pick-six, against SEMO, redshirt sophomore Marcis Floyd also has 10 tackles on the year and a forced fumble.

Spoon Man

Freshman Damonta Witherspoon rushed for 108 yards against SEMO and is now averaging 98.5 yards per game which is the 15th best total in the nation.

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The Murray State defense limited then 16th-ranked SEMO to just 185 yards in last week's win. The Racer defense is allowing just 199.0 yards per game this season, which is the sixth-lowest output allowed in the nation.

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