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Indiana State’s football team ended the season on Nov. 23 with a 51-24 win over the Missouri State Bears in Springfield, Missouri, leaving the Sycamores with a 5-7 record for the year.  

Senior Domniq Dafney, a transfer from Iowa, had an outstanding performance for ISU as he scored five touchdowns against Missouri State. He rushed for four and caught a touchdown pass. Dafney put up the fourth best single game rushing performance in program history as he rushed for 244 yards out of the wildcat formation. 

“What a great player. He had a great effort today. I wish I had him another year,” ISU Head Football Coach Curt Mallory said. “He’s a tremendous young man.”

Indiana State got on the board first when redshirt freshman running back Michael Haupert threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dafney out of the wildcat with 3:42 left in the first quarter. Indiana State quickly got on the board again when Dafney scored his first rushing touchdown of the night, a one-yard plunge, with 11:41 left to go in the second. 

Jordan Murray, a 6-foot-4 tight end, was the first player to see the end zone for Missouri State after he caught a four-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Peyton Huslig.

The Sycamores got on the board again when Dante Hendrix scored on a 70-yard punt return, giving Indiana State a 21-7 lead at half.

Dafney started the third quarter where the Sycamores ended the first half by rushing 57 yards for a touchdown with 13:10 remaining in the third period. That rush propelled the senior transfer to over 100 yards on the day. 

The Sycamores outscored Missouri State 30-17 in the second half. Indiana State outgained the Bears 492-401, including 325-152 on the ground.

Defensively for the Sycamores, redshirt sophomore Michael Thomas and senior linebacker Clayton Glasco both led the team with 12 total tackles. Senior Kentucky native Jonas Griffith trailed behind those two with nine tackles, giving him his third consecutive season with over 100 tackles this year. Griffith is only the third player in Indiana State history to accomplish such a feat.

The Bears’ tight end Jordan Murray caught two touchdowns to lead the Bears while sophomore running back Myron Mason led the team with 94 rushing yards. The senior University of Iowa transfer Angelo Garbutt and senior Texas native McNeece Egbim had nine tackles each for the Bears and led them defensively. 

“These seniors in that locker room are tremendous young men. They led this team in the right manner,” Mallory stated. “I’m awfully proud of them and there’s going to be a day when we win a championship and it’s going to be because of that group in there and what they’ve built.”