Scores

Final

Illinois State 42

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Murray State 23

(1-2, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Roy Stewart Stadium, Murray, KY

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 7 7 7 2142
MURR 0 10 0 1323

Top Performers

Passing: C. Franklin (MURR) - 145 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: G. Blow (ILST) - 20 CAR, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Harris (MURR) - 10 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Illinois St. 42, Murray St. 23

Associated Press

MURRAY, Ky. -- Illinois State's Geno Blow and Parrish Fisher combined for 172 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 42-23 victory over Murray State on Saturday night.

Blow ran for a game-high 98 yards and two touchdowns and Fisher added 73 yards and two more scores for the Redbirds (1-1), who rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns.

Tom Nelson recorded a career-high 102 in punt return yards, which included an 82-yard scamper for a touchdown.

Fisher opened the scoring on a 3-yard run, which was followed by Nelson's punt return for a score.

The Racers (1-2) responded with a 41-yard field goal from Kienan Cullen and Jamal Cook's fumble recovery in the end zone to cut the lead to 14-10.

The Redbirds outscored Murray State 28-13 in the second half to pad their lead.

Murray State's Chris Franklin passed for 145 yards and fourth-quarter touchdowns to Daniel Ard and Marcus Harris.

Franklin's pass to Ard cut the lead to 28-16, but Blow scored on an 18-yard run for a 35-16 lead with 3:57 remaining in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
MURR
1st Downs2213
Total Yards361310
Passing126145
Rushing235165
Penalties7-457-50
3rd Down Conversions9-163-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers43
Possession33:2826:32

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brockway12/191125.900
Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Franklin16/251455.820

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blow20984.9218
Fisher16734.6211
Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKinnis67111.8054
Jordan10525.2021

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salem3299.7014
Rourke3289.3018
Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris10959.5122
Ard34013.3119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTMURR
TD00:24Parrish Fisher 3 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERILSTMURR
TD10:11Tom Nelson 82 Yd Punt Return (Steven Fetzer Kick) 140
FG06:31Kienan Cullen 41 Yd 143
TD02:50Jamal Crook Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Kienan Cullen Kick) 1410
THIRD QUARTERILSTMURR
TD08:27Geno Blow 1 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 2110
FOURTH QUARTERILSTMURR
TD10:29Parrish Fisher 11 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 2810
TD08:59Daniel Ard 19 Yd Pass From Chris Franklin (Pat Failed) 2816
TD03:57Geno Blow 18 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 3516
TD02:22Marcus Harris 17 Yd Pass From Chris Franklin (Kienan Cullen Kick) 3523
TD00:55Walter Mendenhall 10 Yd Run (Zach Kutch Kick) 4223