Bears Prepare for Homecoming Clash Against League Rival SDSU

Bears Prepare for Homecoming Clash Against League Rival SDSU

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Oct. 14, 2013


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Missouri State Bears (1-6, 1-2) vs. #15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-2)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: Plaster Field (16,300)
Series: South Dakota State leads 5-0
Homecoming Events: Bears Forever
Pregame Activities:
Parade (9 a.m.) | Maroon March (12 p.m., BearPaw north of Plaster Field)
TV: Mediacom (Don West, Mike McClure)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats:
Live Video: Bears All-Access
Listen Live: | MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio
Tailgating: BearFest Village opens at 10 a.m. in Lot 22, just south of the stadium
Tickets: Game 8 Tickets | Missouri State Students Free


  • The Missouri State Bears (1-6, 1-2 MVFC) enter Saturday's matchup with the No. 15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-2 MVFC) as winners of four of their last six Homecoming contests, including a 42-3 rout of Western Illinois last year.
  • The Bears are 23-19 in Homecoming games since 1971, with their only previous such match-up against South Dakota State coming in the Jacks last trip to Springfield in 2011, a 43-36 double-overtime win for the visitors.
  • Under head coach Terry Allen, MSU has gone 4-3 on Homecoming, racking up averages of 405.4 yards of total offense and 35.0 points per contest.
  • The Bears will bring the MVFC's No. 4 scoring defense (22.7 ppg) and scoring offense (25.7) in Valley play into Saturday's game, as well as the third-best rushing defense (101.0 ypg) through three MVFC games.
  • Missouri State leads The Valley and ranks fifth nationally in red zone defense (.625), while the Bears' offense has scored in each of its eight trips inside the opposition's 20-yard line in league play.
  • Junior All-American safety Caleb Schaffitzel returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight year against top-ranked North Dakota State last weekend, setting a Missouri State career record for interception return yardage (235) in the process.
  • Julian Burton posted the first 100-yard receiving game for a Bear this season in last weekend's loss at North Dakota State; the junior hauled in 6 catches for a career-best 128 receiving yards, including a 65-yard scoring pass from Kierra Harris that handed MSU a 13-10 second-quarter lead.
  • Burton topped the 2,000 all-purpose yard marker for his MSU career at NDSU and currently ranks fifth in the Valley with an average of 100.7 all-purpose yards per game this season.
  • Missouri State posted back-to-back second-half shutouts in its last two games at Plaster Field (UCA and Illinois State) and has surrendered a total of 13 points after intermission in its three home dates this season; the Bears' defense has yielded an average of just 103.5 second-half yards in MSU's last two home games.
  • Senior Dorian Buford needs 7 catches to become the 11th player in MSU history to record 100 career receptions.


SDSU leads the all-time series, 5-0, including a 2-0 mark at Plaster Field. The last time the Jackrabbits came to Springfield, SDSU escaped with a narrow 43-36, double-overtime shootout win over the Bears on Oct. 29, 2011.


Under head coach John Stiegelmeier, the Jackrabbits were 9-4 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs before losing to eventual national champion North Dakota State. After a 3-0 start this year, SDSU had dropped three straight before a 38-14 win at Western Illinois last weekend.
All-American running back Zach Zenner leads the SDSU attack with an average of 141.6 rushing yards per game, good for second in the nation.Quarterback Austin Sumner averages 229.3 yards per game through the air to rank third in the MVFC. The Jackrabbits lead the conference with 15 interceptions and their +13 turnover margin for the season is the second-best in all of FCS football.

COACH Terry Allen

Missouri State head coach Terry Allen recorded his 60th career MVFC victory with MSU's 37-10 win over Illinois State on Sept. 28. With a 60-41 record in 16 seasons as a head coach at UNI (1989-96) and Missouri State (2006-present) in league play, Allen trails only current UNI sideline boss Mark Farley (64 wins) in all-time conference victories.
Allen entered the 2013 season 14th in victories among active FCS head coaches and 32nd on the NCAA's all-time FCS victories list. Additionally, Allen sits in third on Missouri State's all-time conference wins list, trailing only Jesse Branch (31 wins) and Rich Johanningmeier (27). Overall, Allen is 124-114 (.521) in his 21st year as a head coach and 29-55 (.345) in his eighth year at Missouri State. The 1979 Northern Iowa graduate is 0-5 vs. South Dakota State (0-2 at home) and has an 83-40 overall home record (19-21 at MSU) for his coaching career. Allen is a five-time MVFC Coach of the Year and has previous head coaching stints at UNI (1989-96) and Kansas (1997-2001).

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