Football Preview: Murray State at Southeast Missouri

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Murray State Racers (2-3, 0-1 OVC) at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (2-4, 2-1 OVC)
Saturday, October 16 2:00 p.m. CT
Houck Field (10,000) Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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Series Record:........................ Murray State leads 41-13-1
Last Meeting:................... Murray State won 24-21 (3/7/21)
Dean Hood at Murray State:............................ 7-5 (2 yrs.)
Dean Hood Overall:................................... 62-43 (10 yrs.)
Tom Matukewicz at Southeast Missouri:....... 39-46 (8 yrs.)
Tom Matukewicz Overall:............................. 40-46 (9 yrs.)
Murray State Last Week:............ L, 48-24 at #21 UT Martin
Southeast Missouri Last Week:.... W, 30-14 at Austin Peay 
Massey Ratings Prediction: Southeast Missouri 27 - Murray State 24

This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. This game was added to fill an open date on the schedule and will not count towards the OVC standings.  The two teams also play on November 13 in Murray in the game that does count in the standings.

The teams have played 55 previous times with Murray State winning 41 of those matchups. However, nine of SEMO's 13 wins in the all-time series have come in the past 16 years, including three-straight from 2015-18.

Murray State suffered its first loss of the season to an FCS opponent, in falling 48-24 to rival UT Martin. The Racers, the No. 1 ranked defense in the OVC, had only allowed six total points to FCS opponents in two games prior to the matchups with the Skyhawks.

In his first significant time at quarterback, redshirt freshman DJ Williams completed 13-of-22 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown and ran for 28 yards.

Running back Damonta Witherspoon led the team with 64 rushing yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

MSU now leads the OVC in fewest penalties (6.0/game) and fewest penalties yards/game (50.60).

The Redhawks have won two of its last three games overall and are the first OVC team to get to two Conference wins this season.

The Redhawks tallied a season-high six takeaways against APSU, which marked the 20th-straight game the team has had at least one takeaway; SEMO ranks seventh nationally with 13 turnovers gained this season.

RB Geno Hess, the OVC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns against APSU. It marked his sixth career 100-yard rushing yards (and third this season). He now has nine rushing touchdowns this season, which ranks second nationally.

Senior LB Brandon Mincey, this week's OVC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded six tackles (two for a loss), forced a fumble and had an interception in the win over Austin Peay. He ranks 12th nationally in forced fumbles/game (0.40).

Freshman teammate Bryce Norman is first in the OVC and fifth nationally in forced fumbles/game (0.50). Norman leads the Redhawks with 31 tackles through six games.

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