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PREVIEW: Murray State takes on the MVFC

Junior running back Cortezz Jones breaks a tackle on his way to the end zone against Middle Tennessee State. Photo courtesy of David Eaton/Racer Athletics.

Conference plays starts this weekend as Murray State plays in its inaugural Missouri Valley Football Conference game against Indiana State.


Setting the record straight

The Racers enter Saturday’s game at 1-2 this season, with losses to University of Louisville and Middle Tennessee State University, two FBS opponents.

The Sycamores travel to Murray, Kentucky. They are 0-3 entering the matchup, with losses to Eastern Illinois University, the University of Indiana, and Ball State University.

Indiana State leads the series 5-4. Murray State has won the last two games in 2005 and 2006. At Roy Stewart Stadium, the Racers have won three of the four matchups.


Keys to the Game

Indiana State’s defense has struggled all season, giving up 113 points in the first three games. The defense has given up 725 passing yards and 596 rushing yards. After seeing how the Racers have used the run games far this season, their rushing offense might be the difference maker.

For the Sycamores, it’s all about moving the ball. They’ve rushed for 277 yards and passed for 294 yards, scoring two touchdowns total this season. If Indiana State is able to get the ball moving downfield, the game could come down to the wire.


Player to watch

Junior running back Cortezz Jones has led the way in rushing for the Racers, rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including one against Middle Tennessee State. If the Racers’ rushing gets going, Jones may be the one leading the charge.

Senior wide receiver Dakota Carton has been the go-to receiver for the Sycamores this season, hauling in 11 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. No matter which quarterback the Sycamores send onto the field, Carton will be there to make a catch.


Where to watch

The Racers host the Sycamores at Roy Stewart Stadium at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30. Fans can watch from home on ESPN+.


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Jakob Milani
Jakob Milani, Sports Editor
Jakob Milani is all about sports. He joined the staff of The Murray State News in 2020 as a sports writer, assigned to women's basketball, and by fall 2021 was named Sports Editor. He is a dedicated lover of all things Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears related, and loves to talk about all things sports. He is a co-host of "The Iron Grid" podcast with fellow sports writer Ronan Summers, and only ever watches ESPN in his down time. Aside from sports, Jakob also has a passion for music and baking. His favorite artists include Nirvana, Travis Scott, and Queen. His favorite item to bake is cheesecake.

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