Football - Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri Preview

 

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Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (0-3, 0-0 OVC)
at Murray State Racers (0-3, 0-0 OVC)
Saturday, Sept. 24 - 6:00 p.m. CT
Roy Stewart Stadium (16,800) - Murray, Ky.
TV:...................................................................... ESPN3
Live Stats:
http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=139361
Series Record:........................ Murray State leads 39-10-1
Last Meeting:........ Southeast Missouri won 27-10 (10/3/15)
Tom Matukewicz at Southeast Missouri:......... 9-17 (3 yrs.)
Tom Matukewicz Overall:............................. 10-17 (4 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart at Murray State:....................... 3-11 (2 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart Overall:.............................................. same
Southeast Missouri Last Week:.. L, 27-24 vs. Indiana State
Murray State Last Week:......... L, 50-17 at Southern Illinois
 
GAME NOTES: The first OVC Game of the Week on ESPN3 will take place in Murray on Saturday night with a pair of teams searching for its first victory of the season. The matchup is the 51st all-time between the rivals with Murray State having won 39 of the meetings. Southeast Missouri, however, has won two of the past three and four of the past seven since 2009. The teams have had some competitive games including multi-overtime games in each 2013 and 2014. Last year the Redhawks outscored the Racers 17-3 in the second half to pull away for a 27-10 victory. That contest saw the two teams combine for 1,030 yards of total offense. Tremane McCullough rushed for a game-high 220 yard and a touchdown while Paul McRoberts hauled in eight passes for 169 yards and two scores for Southeast. MSU was led by KD Humphries who passed for 363 yards but did not have a touchdown pass.
 
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: For the second-straight week Southeast Missouri came up just short against a Missouri Valley Conference foe, falling 27-24 to Indiana State as the Sycamores scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. It marked the second-straight year the Redhawks and Sycamores have played a contest that game down to the final seconds. After losing its two FCS non-conference games by a combined 11 points, Southeast finished winless in the non-conference for the first time since 2005. The Redhawks rushed for 166 yards with Cameron Sanders leading the way with 59 yards on eight carries (7.4 ypc) while Tremane McCullough added 54 yards on nine carries (6.0 ypc); both individuals had a 35-yard run during the game. Newcomer quarterback Jesse Hosket passed for 214 yards with C.J. Curry hauling in a team-high five catches and McCullough adding four receptions. The Southeast Missouri offense is currently perfect in the red zone this season (8-for-8). Junior Kendall Donnerson had a career-high nine tackles while adding 3.0 tackles-for-loss, a sack and forced fumble; he ranks third in the OVC in sacks (0.83/game). Roper Garrett added nine tackles and recovered a fumble while Chad Meredith made 10 stops.
 
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Playing without All-American quarterback KD Humphries who missed the game due to injury, the Racers turned to redshirt junior Cameron Birse to call signals. Birse, who transferred from Arkansas State, completed 15-of-29 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in his first major action. MSU finished the game with 319 yards of total offense but Southern Illinois finished the night with 558 yards on its way to the 50-17 victory. Murray State currently ranks 112th out of 122 FCS schools in total defense (allowing 514.0 yards/game). Junior Jordon Gandy caught three passes for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Salukis; he currently ranks 12th nationally in receiving touchdowns (3) and 33rd in total receiving yards (246) after three games. Mareio McGraw had a 68-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter marking the longest rush in the OVC this season; he finished the game with 78 yards on five carries. Punter Landon Stratton punted eight times for a 49.4 yards/punt average including a career-long boot of 78 yards, the longest punt in Division I (FBS or FCS) this season. Stratton ranks 25th nationally in punting (41.5 yards/game) at this point of the season. As a team the Racers rank 17th nationally in net punting (40.0 yards/punt). Entering this week Murray State has the top passing offense in the OVC (246.7 yards/game), a mark that ranks 25th nationally.