Murray State Racers (3-6, 2-4 OVC)
at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (1-8, 0-7)
Saturday, Nov. 14 • 1:00 p.m. CT
Houck Stadium (10,000) • Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Live Stats: none
Series Record: Murray State leads 36-6-1
Last Meeting: Murray State won 17-10 (11/8/08)
Matt Griffin at Murray State: 11-32 (4 yrs.)
Matt Griffin Overall: 21-56 (7 yrs.)
Tony Samuel at Southeast Missouri: 12-31 (4 yrs.)
Tony Samuel Overall: 46-88 (11 yrs.)
Murray State Last Week: W, 27-17 vs. Austin Peay
Southeast Missouri Last Week: L, 24-3 vs. #15 Jacksonville State
GAME NOTES: Murray State heads to the road for its final two games of the season while Southeast Missouri is at home for its final two games of the season. The regional rivals have played 43 times since 1926 with the Racers dominating the series by a 36-6-1 margin. Murray State has won two in a row and 14 of the last 16 overall. The Redhawks did win back-to-back games in 2005 and 2006. Last year the Racers were victorious by a 17-10 margin at home. Murray State ran out to a 17-0 lead with 5:33 to play in the third quarter before Southeast Missouri made a game of it. The Redhawks hit a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and added a touchdown with 4:12 to play to pull within seven. SEMO had the ball back and got to the Murray State 45-yard line before Austen Lane sacked Houston Lillard on the final play of the game. Charlie Jordan had 88 yards and a touchdown for MSU.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: Murray State used solid defense and timely offense behind true freshman Casey Brockman to defeat Austin Peay 27-17 in its home finale for 2009. The Racers were led on defense by All-American Austen Lane who had four tackles, two sacks, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and intercepted his first career pass which he returned 21 yards for a touchdown. Lane now ranks first nationally in sacks (1.22/game) and second nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.89). He has 29 career sacks and 11.0 this season. The 11 sacks are just one behind the Murray State single-season record that he set a season ago. While he was doing it defensively, Brockman, the hometown walk-on, made the most of his first collegiate start, completing 18-of-33 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. That earned him OVC Newcomer of the Week honors. Brockman was the first true freshman to start under center for Murray State in over 25 years. Sophomore kicker/punter Kienan Cullen connected on two field goals and punted six times for an average of 38.7 yards, including a career-long 70-yarder in the first half. In the national statistical rankings Murray State is first in red zone offense (scoring 95% of the time) and also first in kickoff returns (26.00 yards/return).
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: Southeast Missouri began its three-game home stand to end the season with a 24-3 loss to nationally-ranked Jacksonville State. It was the eighth-straight loss for the Redhawks who have not won since a win over Quincy in the first game of the season. If Southeast Missouri does not beat Murray State this weekend, it would mark the first time the team will not have an OVC victory in a season since joining the league in 1991. Southeast Missouri did rush for 235 yards against the Gamecocks and the team’s 169.89 rushing yards/game is the best in the OVC and 24th best nationally. Henry Harris carried the ball 17 times for 74 yards while quarterback Matt Scheible had 71 yards on 19 carries. Scheible completed 12-of-25 passes for 77 yards and was not intercepted, the first time since Sept. 3 that he did not have an interception in a game.