Indiana State saw its three-game winning streak against MVFC foe Missouri State come to an end as the Bears earned a 49-7 decision over the Sycamores in front of 6,648 fans on a sunny but windy afternoon at Plaster Field.
The Sycamores fell to 1-8, 0-5 MVFC while Missouri State won for the third consecutive week and improved to 4-6, 4-2 MVFC.
Mike Perish return to the Sycamore lineup after missing the last two contests with a knee injury and went 14-of-34 passing for 95 yards. Buck Logan led the way on the ground for Indiana State with 14 rushes for 69 yards. Tanner Riley caught a team-best six passes for 42 yards.
Defensively, Garrick Ratliff led the way with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops. Russell Jones and Connor Underwood each had 1.5 tackles for a loss in the contest. Mark Sewall stopped the first Missouri State drive of the contest with his second interception of the season while Donovan Layne converted his first interception of the season into a touchdown with a successful 20-yard return in the second quarter.
Neither team was able to reach the end zone in a first quarter which took just 19 minutes of real to complete. Missouri State chewed up over six minutes of the clock and scored on the first play of the second period with a 3-yd touchdown run by Mikael Cooper-Falls to stake the Bears to a 7-0 lead.
Indiana State responded with a defensive score as Donovan Layne picked off an Ashton Glaser pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to level the score at 7-7. It marked the second "pick-6" of the season as Connor Underwood had one for 31 yards in the opener at Indiana.
The Bears scored on a 28-yard pass from Keirra Harris to Eric Christophel with 2:02 left in the second quarter to regain the advantage at 14-7. That scoring drive capped a four-play, 51-yard drive that took just under two minutes to complete.
The Sycamores moved all the way down to the Missouri State 44-yard line on their final drive of the first half but were stopped and punted the ball to the Bears, who were able to run out the clock and send the teams into the locker room with MSU holding a 14-7 lead.
The Bears came out of the gate strong to open the third quarter as they took the kickoff and scored with 10:36 on the clock on a 3-yd touchdown rush by Kierra Harris. The scoring drive took nine plays and 73 yards as the Bears extended their lead to two scores. Missouri State's lead grew to 28-7 with 7:18 remaining in the third quarter a 53-yd interception return for a touchdown by Rique Bentley.
The Bears picked up a second interception return for a touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter when Jeremy Springer took one back 51 yards as Missouri State's lead grew to 35-7. Missouri State returned their third interception for a touchdown with three seconds remaining in the third stanza when Sybhrian Berry scored on a 73-yd return for the 42-7 lead.
Missouri State capped the scoring in the contest with a Cedric Miller eight yard touchdown run with 59 seconds remaining in the contest for the 49-7 Bear victory.
Indiana State returns to action Saturday, November 9 when they travel to South Dakota State for the final road contest of the season. Kick-off from Brookings, S.D., is set for 3:00 p.m. (ET).
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