SPRINGFIELD – After an exhilarating first half, Missouri State took a 24-17 lead into halftime of Saturday’s homecoming matchup with visiting Central Arkansas. However with two extra turnovers within the second half – six for the sport – and unable to generate a scoring drive within the remaining half-hour, Missouri State (0-3) dropped a 33-24 resolution to the 11th ranked guests at Robert W. Plaster Stadium.
For the sport, UCA (3-3) turned Missouri State’s six turnovers into 24 factors, with the longest scoring drive by the guests following a Bears mishap being 43 yards. The short-field conditions yielded key factors whereas the purple Bears outgained the house aspect, 166-52 within the third and fourth quarters.
UCA quarterback Breylin Smith did the heavy lifting, conserving Central Arkansas turnover free and accumulating 175 yards on 18-of-36 passing. Kierre Crossley additionally picked up 71 yards on 18 carries with Mitchell Perkinson and Tobias Enlow snagging 5 receptions apiece.
Hayden Ray kicked three discipline objectives within the third quarter to erase Missouri State’s lead with kicks of 46, 43 and 23 yards, to push UCA forward 26-24 with 4:13 to go within the third. Then, after Davis Harrison’s interception of MSU quarterback Jake Van Dyne, UCA added the exclamation level with Smith’s 42-yard strike to speedster Tyler Hudson for the landing.
The 2-play scoring drive made it a 33-24 contest, and Missouri State’s final 4 drives of the evening ended on punts or downs to shut out what was an in any other case aggressive sport for the Bears. MSU out-gained UCA for the second time in two conferences this fall, 330-268, and in addition had the sting in first downs, 17-16.
In his long-awaited return to the lineup, Missouri State’s Jeremiah Wilson gained 100 yards on 13 carries, together with a 9-yard landing run within the second quarter. He turned the primary Bear to hurry for 100 yards since Jason Randall vs. Northern Arizona on Sept. 15, 2018.
MSU beginning quarterback Jaden Johnson was pulled within the second after a tough begin that included a pair of interceptions and a fumble. He was 5-for-16 for 62 yards, together with his return within the fourth quarter. Van Dyne was 7-for-13 for 92 yards and in addition threw two picks.
Standouts Jordan Murray (34 yards) and Damoriea Vick (50 yards) led MSU’s receivers with three receptions apiece. Ferrin Manuleleua was MSU’s catalyst on protection with 12 whole cease, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack. Titus Wall additionally contributed 9 tackles for Missouri State with a game-high 7 solo stops.
In a second quarter crammed with six scoring performs, Missouri State overcame 4 turnovers and quite a few penalties to take a 24-17 lead on the intermission. In his first look of the season, Wilson sparked the offense for the house aspect, racking up 98 first-half speeding yards and accounting for considered one of three MSU speeding scores within the interval.
After Keshun Parker and Kevon Latulas pushed Missouri State forward 14-3 early within the second interval with runs of 1 and 63 yards, respectively, UCA capitalized on back-to-back Bear turnovers. Deandre Lamont snagged a Johnson go and returned it 35 yards for a TD two minutes earlier than Perkinson snagged a Breylin Smith go and located paydirt to cowl a 26-yard short-field drive after an MSU fumble. UCA’s second rating gave the guests a 17-14 benefit on the time.
Nevertheless, Missouri State then turned to freshman quarterback Van Dayne who engineered back-to-back scoring drives to finish the half. First, pushing MSU 83 yards on 11 performs earlier than Wilson discovered paydirt on his 9-yard TD run. Then on a 30-yard discipline aim by Jose Pizano on the horn to cap a 39-yard drive earlier than the intermission and make it a 24-17 lead for Missouri State on the halfway level.
Missouri State will now pause the 2020-21 season till Feb. 20 when the Bears start an eight-game Missouri Valley Soccer Convention schedule at league newcomer North Dakota.