Murray State Racers
(4-2, 2-0 OVC) at Southeast Missouri
State Redhawks (0-5, 0-2 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 12 • 1:00 p.m. CT at Houck Stadium (10,000) • Cape Girardeau, Mo.
GAME NOTES: Murray State will travel to rival Southeast Missouri for a Saturday afternoon contest, in what will be the 48th all-time meeting between the schools. Murray State is off to a 2-0 start in the OVC while Southeast Missouri is still in search of its first OVC victory. Murray State leads the all-time series 38-8-1, including winning the last two in a row. Over the last eight years of the series, however, the teams have taken turns winning two in a row, with Southeast winning in 2005-06 and 2009-10 and MSU winning from 2007-08 and 2011-12. Last year’s game was a wild contest in Murray with the Racers jumping out to a 21-6 lead only to see the Redhawks score 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 35 with 3:07 to play. But on the ensuing kickoff MSU’s Duane Brady returned the kick 85 yards for the touchdown to score the game-winner. The game also featured a 100-yard punt return for a touchdown by Murray State’s Walter Powell. Southeast Missouri finished with 537 yards of total offense in the game, 150 yards for than Murray State racked up. Casey Brockman threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score for the Racers while Levi Terrell rushed for 215 yards and two scores for the Redhawks in the loss. Brandon Wicks was named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after making 16 tackles in the game, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sacks.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE:Murray State scored a 35-24 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday to improve to 2-0 in OVC play for the first time since the 1998 season. The Racers got off to a hot start as Walter Powell took a punt 88 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter to put MSU on top for good. It marked the second return for a score this season for Powell, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown earlier this season. Powell is one of just two players at the FCS level to return for a punt and kickoff for a score this year. Powell finished the game with 310 all-purpose yards, marking his second 300-plus all-purpose yard game of the season; Powell is the only player at the Division I level (FBS or FCS) to have two 300-yard all-purpose games this season. He was named National Specialist of the Week by College Sporting News for his performance. Quarterback Maikhail Miller was named OVC Newcomer of the Week after passing for 306 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 44 yards; it marks the third time this season Miller has earned the honor. Josh Manning was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after returning a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown and later intercepting a pass.
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri dropped to 0-5 on the season with a 40-16 loss at Tennessee State on Saturday. The game was tied at 9-9 late in the second quarter before Weldon Garlington caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to give TSU a seven-point halftime advantage. That began a 24-0 run by the Tigers who ended the night with 544 yards of total offense, as compared to just 229 for the Redhawks. Sophomore Lewis Washington had a 99-yard rush for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, tying the OVC and NCAA record for longest rush; Washington tied the mark held by EKU’s Bobby Washington. It was Washington’s only rush of the game, making him only the second player in FCS history to rush for a 99-yard score on his only rush of the game (WKU’s Pedro Bacon was the other player in 1986). The Redhawks defense scored a touchdown, recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles in the contest. Included in that was senior cornerback Cantrell Andrews who scooped up a fumble and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter; it marked the third-longest fumble return for a touchdown in school history. Andrews also had seven tackles (6 solo) in the game. This week begins a tough stretch for the Redhawks, who will face the league’s top three scoring offenses over the next three weeks.