Illinois StateRedbirdsILST
1-1, 1-1 Away
Murray StateRacersMURR
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Illinois St. 42, Murray St. 23

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.


2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings

North Dakota State7-113-2
Illinois State7-110-2
Northern Iowa5-39-4
South Dakota State5-38-4
Western Illinois5-37-6
Indiana State3-55-6
South Dakota3-55-6
Youngstown State3-55-6
Southern Illinois2-63-8
Missouri State0-81-10

2015 Ohio Valley Conference Standings

Jacksonville State8-013-2
Eastern Illinois7-17-5
Eastern Kentucky5-36-5
Southeast Missouri State3-44-7
Tennessee Tech3-54-7
Murray State2-63-8
Tennessee State1-64-6
Austin Peay0-80-11