Indiana State’s football season is coming to an end. Last week the Sycamores beat Youngstown State 24-17 in their last home game this season. Next, they to head to Springfield, Missouri to face Missouri State University. The MSU Bears are looking for their first home win of the season while Indiana State looks to improve to five wins to close out the year.
Missouri State offense leans more on the passing game as they only average 68 rushing yards a game compared to their 206 passing yards per game.
Missouri State senior junior college transfer quarterback Peyton Huslig (Hue-SL-IG) is the man behind the Bears’ passing game. The 6-foot-3 quarterback out of Kansas leads the team in passing with 2,062 yards on the season. He has only played one game this season where his passing completion percentage was below 50%. That was three weeks ago when they lost to South Dakota State, 38-28.
“He can extend plays with his arm and his feet. He’s a tremendous player,” ISU Head Football Coach Curt Mallory stated. “We haven’t been able to stop him yet. He’s a good player and I’ll be glad after Saturday when he’s gone because he has caused fits the last few years.”
In 2018, ISU lost to Missouri State 29-26, and in 2017 the Sycamores were defeated 59-20 by the Bears.
On the offensive side for Indiana State, they have lately run a lot of the wildcat offense, when a running back or receiver receives the snap directly. They usually are a run-heavy team and have not passed as much lately, but in the last game the Sycamores opened up their playbook a lot more. Against Youngstown State ISU had 140 passing yards and 242 rushing yards. Domniq Dafney, Michael Haupert and Nick Sims controlled the run game last game as Sims scored two touchdowns.
The Sycamores have to protect the ball as Missouri State has intercepted their opponents’ passes 10 times this season. Sycamore quarterback Kurtis Wilderman turned over the ball three times two weeks ago and responded well last week as he did not turn over the ball at all against Youngstown State.
“You want to see a good defense, you look right down the middle of one,” Mallory said. “They’ve got two outstanding inside linebackers that are very active and have played a lot of football for them. But … they’re a force.”
Middle linebacker McNeece Egbim of Rowlett, Texas leads the Bears’ defense in tackles, with 85. The all-conference linebacker is coming off of a tough game as he only had two tackles on the road against Illinois State.
Jonas Griffith of ISU is still currently leading the Sycamores’ defense with 97 total tackles under his belt. Pressure is key as they face Huslig because he is a prolific passer and a mobile quarterback. The Sycamores had four quarterback hurries last game, which is important when sending pressure. Clayton Glasco and Griffith both led ISU the last game with eight total tackles.
The game is 3 p.m. Saturday in Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. This game will conclude the 2019 football season for Mallory and his team.