Missouri Valley Conference Roundup

By Gus Bode

Missouri Valley Football Conference teams dominated in their final week of non-conference opponents as conference play begins Saturday. The conference went 6-1 against non-conference opponents, while Indiana State and South Dakota State played the first conference matchup of the year. All four games next week will be in conference.

Youngstown State Penguins 38

Northeastern Huskies’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 21


Youngstown State quarterback Brandon Summers rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Penguins win their second straight game by a score of 38-21. The Penguins outscored the Huskies 24-7 in the second half.

Missouri State Bears’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 35

Murray State Racers’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 10

Quarterback Jack Kirby and the Bears’ defense tore apart the Racers at home Saturday. Kirby threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns, while the Bears’ defense scored twice on two fumble recoveries, including a 55-yard fumble return, and a recovery in the Racers’ end zone.

Northern Iowa Panthers’ ‘ ‘ ‘ 30

St. Francis (PA) Red Flash’ ‘ 0

Panthers’ Jarred Herring returned the opening kick off 88 yards for a touchdown and Northern Iowa never looked back against the Red Flash. Northern Iowa quarterback Pat Grace threw for only 167 yards but connected with D.J. Hord twice for touchdowns of two and 57 yards.


North Dakota State Bison’ ‘ 59

Wagner Seahawks’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 28

North Dakota State’s Pat Paschall, the leading rusher in the Football Championship Subdivision, rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the Bison avoided their first 0-3 start since 1962. North Dakota State finished with 531 total yards of offense, including a school-record 91-yard rushing touchdown by Paschall.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits’ ‘ ‘ 41

Indiana State Sycamores’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 0

The game was all South Dakota State, as quarterback Ryan Crawford threw for 239 yards, and three different players rushed for a touchdown Saturday. The Jackrabbits’ defense showed it prowess, holding the Sycamores to five first downs the entire game. It was the second consecutive week Indiana State has failed to score.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks’ 40

Western Illinois Leathernecks’ ‘ ‘ ‘ 30

The Lumberjacks couldn’t match the 92 points they scored the previous game, but their 40 points was enough against the Leathernecks. Quarterback Jeremy Moss threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, as Stephen F. Austin broke the 14-14 tie in the second quarter, going on a 26-16 run to end the game.

Illinois State Redbirds’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 38

Austin Peay Governors’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 7

The Redbirds notched their first win of the season in dominant fashion. The Redbirds forced six turnovers and held the Governors to only 109 total yards of offense. The Governors could not find an answer to Illinois State’s running back Clifton Gordon, who rushed for four touchdowns on 96 yards.