Two of those MSU seniors will enter the final contests looking to make their moves up MSU single-season and career charts. Senior linebacker Dylan Cole
, who has started all 45 games of his MSU career, logged his 14th consecutive double-digit tackle total in MVFC play last Saturday at Illinois State and needs 11 more stops to catch John Harvey (452) in the No. 3 position on the Bears' career tackles list. Cole also enters the week 4.5 tackles for loss short of Steve Watson (45.0) in the No. 2 spot on that MSU career list. Cole leads the nation in tackles per game (12.5) and ranks second among all active NCAA Division I FCS defenders — and tops in the MVFC — in career tackles (441).
Additionally, Brodie Lambert
's 19 TD passes is currently the No. 10 career total in program history, just one shy of the No. 9 mark (Kent Stringer) and two short of Derek Jensen's 21, which rank eighth. Lambert also sits in 10th on the single-season completions list (233), 13 behind Frank Miller in the ninth spot.
A pair of juniors are also making their moves on the MSU career charts. Malik Earl
enters Saturday's game 16th on the Bears' all-time list for receiving yards (1,158), just 86 yards shy of Dorian Buford (1,244) in the No. 15 spot. Return specialist Deion Holliman
ranks eighth nationally in combined kick return yardage (775) this fall and enters the final game of the year with 1,777 career kickoff return yards, which is good for second all-time at MSU. His 2,471 all-purpose yards also rate 15th on the Bears' career chart, just 22 yards behind Jason Cannon in the No. 14 position.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Senior quarterback Brodie Lambert
continued his MVFC surge with a 224-yard passing day at South Dakota State (Nov. 5). Lambert hooked up with Zac Hoover
on a 91-yard touchdown pass that represented the third-longest in MSU history, as well as scoring strikes to both Malik Earl
and Erik Furmanek
. That effort marked the fourth 200-yard passing game this season for Lambert, as well as the fourth time this season at least three different Bears have caught touchdown passes in the same game.
Against Southern Illinois (Oct. 29), Lambert posted career highs for total offense (390), passing yards (339) and rushing yards (51), while tossing four touchdown passes to lead MSU's 38-35 comeback victory. Lambert, who earned MVFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his MSU career as a result, threw for three TDs in the second half, helping the Bears rally from a 14-point deficit.
Lambert's 390 yards of offense represented the sixth-best single-game total in school history, and the most by a Missouri State player since Kierra Harris's 397 yards at Central Arkansas in 2014. The Arlington, Texas, native also registered one of his finest performances as a Bear Oct. 15 vs. No. 12 Western Illinois, finishing the day with a career-best five touchdown passes to match a Missouri State single-game record.
FURMANEK FEELING IT