October 4, 2015

State college football recap: Big win for SEMO in OVC play. Loss for MSU Bears. D-II highlights as well

Southeast Missouri (2-3, 1-0) held Murray State (1-4, 0-2) to only one touchdown in a 27-10 victory during its Ohio Valley Conference opener at Houck Stadium Saturday.

Southeast’s defense dominated a high-powered MSU offense that entered the night averaging 467 total yards. The Redhawks stopped the Racers three times on fourth down and ended three of their drives in the red zone. In the end, that was the difference.

“It was won in the red zone,” said Southeast head coach Tom Matukewicz. “We had phenomenal defense and knew we had to play well in the red zone. We did that. Murray State’s skill is off the charts and we tried to stay in front of them.”

Murray State Postgame with Coach Tuke

The Redhawks forced two turnovers, including one on MSU’s opening drive of the game.


Indiana State used a dominant second-half performance against Missouri State to pull away for a 56-28 Missouri Valley Football Conference victory over the Bears Saturday afternoon at Robert W. Plaster Stadium. The No. 24 Sycamores (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) scored 28 unanswered points to overcome a second-quarter deficit and racked up 516 yards of total offense over the final three periods of play.

Missouri State (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) posted a strong start against the nationally-ranked Sycamores, using a pair of early Calan Crowder touchdown runs to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. The Bears finished with a season-high 197 passing yards thanks to junior quarterback Brodie Lambert, who completed 26-of-43 attempts, including a late eight-yard scoring pass to Zac Hoover.

But ISU quarterback Matt Adam spearheaded the Sycamores’ rebound, completing 27-of-38 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns, as the visitors outgained the Bears by 326 yards over the final three periods.


Once Division II’s third ranked Northwest Missouri State overcame its one miscue in the first half, it played near perfect football against Northeastern State Saturday afternoon at Doc Wadley Stadium.

It was quite simply the best half of football for the Bearcats since they beat Missouri Southern by 41 at Bearcat Stadium on Sept. 10.

The 59-7 road win by Northwest over Northeastern University ended a two-week run of second half comebacks. From the opening kickoff to the final second, the Bearcats dominated.

Central Missouri racked up a school record 705 yards of total offense in a 54-10 blowout win over Missouri Southern in front of 10,477 fans on Family Weekend at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field. UCM had 335 yards on the ground and 370 through the air.


A sluggish first half put Missouri S&T in a hole it was unable to get out of Saturday afternoon, as the Miners suffered their first loss in Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a 40-16 loss at William Jewell.

The Miners and Cardinals were almost dead even in terms of yardage, but five turnovers by the Miners helped to seal their fate as they missed a chance to move to 3-0 in league play and instead fell to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the GLVC.


High school football scores from Saturday 10/3/15

Affton 36, Normandy Collaborative 13
Father Tolton Regional Catholic 93, Missouri Military Academy 13
Ft. Zumwalt West 28, Troy Buchanan 10
Hazelwood Central 40, Hazelwood East 20
Helias Catholic 10, Rock Bridge 7
Hogan Prep Academy Charter 57, Van Horn (Independence) 21
Lutheran North 33, MICDS 21
McCluer 20, Hazelwood West 7
McCluer North 67, Riverview Gardens 22
McCluer South-Berkeley 46, Jennings 10
Miller Career Academy 48, Roosevelt 6
Soldan International Studies 32, Cleveland NJROTC 8
Summit Christian Academy 30, African Centered College Prep Academy 19
Westminster Christian Academy 27, John Burroughs 14

South Nodaway 82, Pattonsburg 30

Pinkel: “We can become even better.” Won’t talk about QB situation (VIDEO)

Gary Pinkel would not comment on the status of his QB situation (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Gary Pinkel would not comment on the status of his QB situation (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel

Opening statement:

“Certainly, I’m proud of our football team for battling today. We came off a tough loss last week at Kentucky. This football team took it to heart and today’s game was really important to them. We played a lot better today as a team then we did a week ago. South Carolina’s a good football team. I’m pleased to come out of today with a victory. I think we’ve become a lot better football team this week. We can build on today and become even better.”

Watch Gary Pinkel postgame

On the performance of freshman quarterback Drew Lock:

“Drew really did some good things for a young player. We were a little conservative (with play calling) in the second half. With some of the field position we had and trying to get our running game going – but I thought he really carried himself well. I thought that was good. He did a lot of good things and he has a lot of ability.”

Watch Drew Lock’s postgame

On what seemed to click today for sophomore tailback Ish Witter:

“I just think he got going. I think he works better when we limit the carries for him. He and Russell (Hansbrough) are a real good 1-2 punch. We’re blocking better (as an offensive line). There were creases there today that I could’ve run through. He started to break more tackles and ran harder today. That was a big positive.”

On the performance of redshirt freshman defensive end Walter Brady:

“He’s a really good player. You look at all those freshmen and redshirt freshmen playing on the field today. It’s amazing. He really made some plays today and continues to get better and better. There’s a lot of competition there (on the defensive line) and I couldn’t be more pleased with their effort.”

Watch Walter Brady postgame

#Mizzou 3rd quarter update: The defense comes up with not one or two, but three interceptions

Lorenzo Nunez, the freshman QB for South Carolina, avoided two potential interceptions last week against Central Florida.  Mizzou dropped two potential INTs in the second quarter, one resulting in a touchdown, after a deflected ball.

In the third quarter, Nunez was picked off three times on back-to-back-to-back drives.  Kenya Dennis picked off an underthrown ball at the Tiger 30.  On the next drive, Ian Simon was sitting back at the goal line.  Nunez never saw him and it led to an easy pick on an underthrow to the endzone.  The ball was down at the two.

Linebacker T.J. Holloman almost picked off Drew Lock and 3rd and three from the Tigers nine, but Holloman dropped it as he stepped in the way of a slant pattern with 7:05 left in the third.

Walter Brady made it three straight possessions when he picked off Nunez on the Tigers 47 and returned it 31 yards.

Mizzou scored on a third and goal and one yard run from Ish Witter.


Check out Lock’s second touchdown pass to give #Mizzou a 17-10 lead (VIDEO HIGHLIGHT)