ISU to travel to Missouri for match-up

Peterson Kerlegrand rushing for a 59-yeard touchdown in the Sycamores win over Western Illinois on Oct. 9.

The Indiana State football team will travel to Springfield Saturday night to face conference foe Missouri State. Although the Bears get home-field advantage over the Sycamores they are still coming off an 8-point lost to Youngstown State.

Indiana State is coming off a 10-point home win over Western Illinois. The last time the Sycamores and the Bears faced off Indiana State enjoyed a 51-24 victory in Springfield.

Indiana State’s defensive secondary will be tested as Missouri State is a pass heavy team. So far this season the Bears’ quarterback Jason Shelley is 106-for-134 with 1,438 yards and 10 touchdowns. MSU’s tailback only has 269 yards on 47 carries this season.

“They’re very explosive on offense,” ISU head football coach Curt Mallory stated. “Their quarterback had a career game on Saturday. Defensively they fly around. There is a reason they won the conference last spring.”

Missouri State is also coming off a two-game road swing where they have racked up over 500 yards in total offense. Shelley went 27-for-38 with 372 yards and four touchdowns last game.

Indiana State’s starting quarterback Anthony Thompson exited last week’s competition early with an injury. He will be returning for this week’s matchup. Thompson is currently 76-for-123 with 741-yards and five touchdowns this season.

Defensively the Bears have weapons in defensive end Kevin Ellis and linebacker Tylar Wiltz. Ellis is ranked among other pass rushers in the conference. Ellis has 14.5 total sacks under his belt for his careers thus far. Wiltz enjoyed his career high last week with 16 tackles against Youngstown State.

Safety Michael Thomas leads the Sycamores defensively with 43 total tackles this season.

MSU leads the all-time series between these two squads 20-14. The game will be at 3 pm at Plaster Stadium in Missouri.