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.