Take a look at the official game notes for Murray State vs. Austin Peay.
Date (Time): Sep. 23 (6 p.m.)
Opponent: Austin Peay (Roy Stewart Stadium)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Color: Josh McKeel)
Web Stream: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersFootball, @PGriffithMSU
MUR Record (Streak): 1-2 (Lost 2)
APSU Record (Streak): 1-2 (Won 1)
All-Time Series vs. APSU (Streak): MUR leads 36-14 (Won 2)
First Meeting: Won 34-13 (Nov. 14, 1953 in Clarksville, Tenn.)
Last Meeting: Won 45-17 (Oct. 1, 2016 in Clarksville, Tenn.)
MUR Last Game: Lost 21-28 at Missouri State
APSU Last Game: Won 69-13 vs. Morehead State
MUR Next Game: Sep. 30 at #19 Louisville
MUR Next Home Game: Oct. 14 vs. Eastern Illinois
The Murray State football returns home from its first road trip of the year Saturday to host Austin Peay in the first Heritage Bank Battle of the Border matchup of the 2017-18 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be brought to you by the “Voice of the Racers” Neal Bradley and Josh McKeel on Froggy 103.7 FM and on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
Saturday is expected to be warm and muggy, with actual temps getting to 86 F, but the heat index rising to 99 F. Precipitation chances will be low, at just 12%, and winds will also be low at just 5 mph.
Last Time Out
A late touchdown lifted Missouri State past the Murray State football team, 28-21, in a hard-fought game Saturday afternoon at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. The Racers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game thanks to a field goal from Gabriel Vicente and a three-yard touchdown pass from Corey Newble to Tyre Gray. Newble’s pass was one of MSU’s more impressive plays on the day, as the freshman threw a jump pass as he was falling out of bounds, finding Gray in the end zone. D’Montre Wade also got the first of his two interceptions in the game in the opening stanza.
Early in the second quarter, Missouri State got its first big play of the day, when Peyton Huslig found Malik Earl from 35 yards out to cut the score to 10-7. Neither team would score for the remainder of the half, giving the Racers a three-point lead at the break.
The Bears opened the half by driving 75 yards and scoring on a 10-yard pass from Huslig to Nick Masoner. Later in the quarter, Huslig kept the ball ran 10 yards to push the score to 21-10. However, on the ensuing drive the Racers took the ball 75 yards of their own and scored on a 33-yard pass from Newble to Jordon Gandy. Newble then kept the ball on the two-point attempt and walked it in to cut the lead to 21-18.
The Racers started the fourth quarter with a second D’Montre Wade interception that led to a second Vicente field goal to tie the game at 21. The score remained deadlocked until just 1:48 remaining in the game when Calen Crowder punched it in from the two-yard line to give the Bears a 28-21 lead. The Racers got the benefit of two big penalties on the ensuing drive, but a late Corey Newble interception sealed the win for Missouri State.
The Austin Peay Series
Murray State won the 50th all-time meeting between the two teams last season and now lead the series 36-14. The Govs snapped a five game losing streak to Murray State in 2014, but since then MSU has bounced back with a pair of wins. In Murray, the Racers have lost to Austin Peay just four times in 26 games with the last loss coming in 2007.
Scouting The Governors
Austin Peay snapped the nation’s longest active Division I losing streak, which had extended to 29 games, Saturday with a 69-13 win over FCS non-scholarship team Morehead State in Clarksville. The win was also the first in 14 tries for second-year head coach Will Healy. Quarterback JaVaughn Craig racked up 155 yards of total offense and four rushing touchdowns to help propel APSU to 10 overall rushing scores, a new APSU and OVC record. Meanwhile, Mizzou transfer Nate Howard notched eight tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.0 sacks in his first appearance for the Govs on defense.
On the year, the 1-2 Govs are averaging 31.1 points per game and 417.0 yards of total offense, while allowing 23.3 points per game and giving up 296.7 yards. On the ground, APSU’s 287.0 yards per game is the seventh highest in the FCS and is led by Kentel Williams and his 89.7 yards per game. Craig, a dual-threat quarterback is currently 19-for-32 on the year in the air for 72.0 yards per game with one touchdown and one interception, while also rushing for 61.0 yards per game. Gunnar Scholato currently leads the Govs’ defense with 27 tackles to go along with 2.0 tackles-for-loss, a fumble recovery, a breakup, a quarterback hurry and a blocked kick.
Heritage Bank Battle Of The Border
Saturday will begin year two for the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border all-sport rivalry contest. Racer football will be the first contest of the 2017-18 season, after the Racers took down Austin Peay to win the inaugural trophy in convincing fashion last year, 46.5-17.5. Points are awarded per head-to-head win or best conference finish, depending on the sport, in addition to a week of giving and a blood drive. The school with the most points at the end of the season, gets to keep the trophy for the next year.
Currently No. 1 on the depth chart, Corey Newble is poised to do something only one other Murray State true freshman has done in the modern era (1948 on), according to known records, and that is start a game at quarterback. Current Racers quarterback coach Casey Brockman is the only other known true freshman to have started a game for MSU. Legendary four-year quarterbacks Stewart Childress and Michael Proctor were both redshirt freshman when they received the first start of their careers for Murray State. Current MSU running backs coach KD Humphries appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2012, but did not receive his first start until his redshirt sophomore season in 2014.
I’ll Take That
D’Montre Wade became the first Racer since Nathan Brinkley in 2010 to record to interceptions in a single game when he did so last Saturday at Missouri State. He currently has three on the year and is averaging 1.0 per game, the second highest total in the FCS. Wade is one of six players nationally with three interceptions on the year, while Dre Terrell of Sacramento State leads with for 1.3 per game.
Two For The New Guy
Corey Newble threw two touchdown passes Saturday at Missouri State becoming the first freshman (true or redshirt) quarterback to throw for two touchdowns in the same game since Jeff Ehrhardt did so against Lambuth in 2007.
OK, What’s Next?
The Racers travel to Louisville for their final non-conference game of the season. Kickoff at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is 3:30 p.m.