Football Preview: Murray State - Tennessee Tech

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Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-4, 1-3 OVC) at Murray State Racers (4-5, 2-3 OVC)
Saturday, November 2 1:00 p.m. CT
Roy Stewart Stadium (16,800) Murray, Ky.
TV:...................................................................... ESPN+
Live Stats:........................................... http://bit.ly/32IiTg5
Series Record:................... Tennessee Tech leads 45-38-1
Last Meeting:........... Tennessee Tech won 27-24 (11/3/18)
Dewayne Alexander at Tennessee Tech:........ 5-14 (2 yrs.)
Dewayne Alexander Overall:........................ 46-47 (9 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart at Murray State:..................... 19-34 (5 yrs.)
Mitch Stewart Overall:.............................................. same
Tennessee Tech Last Week:........ L, 58-21 vs. Austin Peay
Murray State Last Week: L, 14-12 at #21 Jacksonville State 

GAME NOTES: For the 85th time Tennessee Tech and Murray State will play on the gridiron, this time on Saturday afternoon in Murray. Tennessee Tech won three-straight in the series from 2014-16 before the Racers broke through with a win in 2017. Last year it was the Golden Eagles who scored a 27-24 victory in Cookeville in what proved to be their lone win of the season. Bailey Fisher passed for 248 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards and another score for Tennessee Tech. Drew Anderson had 340 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 27 rushing yards and a score for the Racers. Three of the last five meetings in the series have been decided by three points or less.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tennessee Tech suffered its third loss in a row, dropping a 58-21 decision to Austin Peay on a blustery day in Cookeville. Quarterback Bailey Fisher finished the day 23-of-30 for 202 yards and three touchdowns while adding 16 rushing yards. During the game he established a new school record for combined touchdowns in a season (24 - 16 passing, 8 rushing) during the game; he broke the previous record of 23 set by Tre Lamb (the team's current offensive coordinator) in 2011. The sophomore already ranks seventh in TTU history for career passing and eighth in total offense. Metrius Fleming caught seven passes for 70 yards and an eight-yard touchdown pass to opening the scoring. He also completed a 58-yard pass during the game and enters this week ranked 26th nationally in all-purpose yards (128.25), and second nationally among all freshmen. David Gist rushed for a team-best 36 yards and caught six passes for 81 yards. Aderick Moore led the Golden Eagle defense with 14 tackles. He ranks second in the OVC and 27th nationally in tackles (9.1/game). As a team TTU is first nationally in kick return defense (12.7 yards/return)

SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Playing in a driving rain for most of the game, Murray State played No. 21 ranked Jacksonville State toe-to-toe and had a 52-yard field goal at the buzzer to win the game that came up short in a 14-12 loss. MSU fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter but was able to shutout the Gamecocks offense the remainder of the way. Quarterback Preston Rice scored on a two-yard run at the end of the third quarter, the team's defense added a safety and then Zaden Webber kicked a 53-yard field goal into the rain to trim the margin to two points. MSU had one more chance to win, as Rice led the team on a 13-play drive that ended in the missed field goal. On that final drive Rice rushed for 42 yards and completed a 13-yard pass. He finished the game with 231 passing yards and a team-best 49 rushing yard and ranks 14th nationally in completions/game (21.8) and 21st in completion percentage (64.0%). LaMartez Brooks finished with 100 receiving yards on four catches, marking his second-straight game with more than 100 yards. Brooks now ranks seventh in the OVC with 609 receiving yards on the season. Kendrick Catis led the Murray State defense with eight tackles and an interception while Anthony Koclanakis added seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Koclanakis is first in the OVC and 23rd nationally in tackles. As a team Murray State is third nationally in fumble recoveries (12) and ninth in turnovers gained (19).

The Massey Ratings predict a 38-31 Murray State victory.