Missouri StateBearsMOST
3-3, 2-1 Conf
Illinois StateRedbirdsILST
2-4, 1-2 Conf

Missouri St. 34, Illinois St. 28

NORMAL, Ill. -- Cody Kirby ran for three touchdowns and passed for another to lead Missouri State to a 34-28 victory over Illinois State on Saturday.

Missouri State (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) was down 0-3 after the first period, before Kirby, playing quarterback, ran in a pair of touchdowns in the second period.

The score was an even 14-14 going into the break.

Kirby went on to score another pair of touchdowns in the last period, rushing for 1 yard and completing a 77-yard pass to Justin Fuselier.

Illinois State (2-4, 1-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) out-rushed Missouri State 351 to 190 yards. Geno Blow led the Redbirds with a touchdown in the second period off a 53-yard run. Blow rushed for 140 yards overall.

Parrish Fisher and W. Mendenhall also had touchdowns for Illinois State. Zach Kutch scored a 43-yard field goal in the third period.

Missouri State rallied in the fourth period, scoring 20 points to Illinois State's 2 points. The Bears had 444 total offensive yards, less than Illinois state's 476. Missouri State also out-passed the Redbirds, going 254 yards to 125.

Redbird quarterback Kevin Brockway was sacked twice on the night. He had 125 yards to Kirby's 254.



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