Racers head to Louisiana for non-conference matchup

Soccer | 01/10/2022 15:15:00

Date hour): October 1 (6 p.m.)

Opponent: Southeast Louisiana

Location (Location): Hammond, Louisiana (Strawberry Stadium)

Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley; Analyst: Josh McKeel)

TV: ESPN3 (PxP: Chase Gispert; Analyst: Lucas Hill; Sideline: Taylor Nettle)

Live statistics: GoRacers.com

In-game Twitter: @RacersFootball

MUR registration (serial): 0-4 (lost 4)

SELA record (series): 2-2 (Won 2)

All-time streak against SELA (Streak): SELA leads 1-0 (lost 1)

Hammond All-Time Series (Streak):

First meeting: W 19-11 (09/15/79 at MUR)

Last meeting: W 19-11 (09/15/79 at MUR)

Biggest MSU gain:

Biggest loss of MSU: W 19-11 (09/15/79 at MUR) [8 Points]

Final five against SELA: 0-1 (L)

The game
The Murray State football team will walk away from the Ohio Valley Conference game and Roy Stewart Stadium on Saturday when they face 21st-ranked Southeast Louisiana at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

The series at a glance
Saturday will be just the second all-time meeting between the Racers and the Lions and the first in more than four decades. Southeastern won the only other meeting between the two teams on September 15, 1979 at Murray, 19-11.

Scouting Lions
After starting the season 0-2 with a pair of FBS losses, Southeast Louisiana has now won two in a row, including an upset from No. 4 Incarnate Word on Saturday, 41-35.

The Lions are currently averaging 31.8 points per game on 394.3 yards of offense, while allowing 26.8 points per game on 394.3 yards. The Lion’s offense leans toward passing, averaging 228.0 yards per game through the air, compared to 166.3 per game rushing.

Cephus Johnson III is currently averaging 118.0 yards per game for SLU at quarterback with three touchdowns, while one of his main targets has been CJ Turner who is averaging 29.5 yards per catch with three affected.

Defensively, Jack Henderson has 22 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, one interception and a forced fumble.

A winning Saturday would be…
A win on Saturday would end a season-opening four-game skid by the Racer and become the 499th win in Racer football history.

Fall in the bayou
Saturday should be picture perfect in Hammond with a daytime high of 84°F dropping during game time to an overnight low of 57°F. There is only a four percent chance of rain on Saturday. evening with relatively light northwesterly winds at 4-7 mph.

A quick study

In his first football game since 2019 and his first college start, the redshirted sophomore quarterback made an immediate impact on Saturday, taking just 10 plays to score his first touchdown.

The Racers threw for a season-high 407 yards against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, marking the seventh time in 22 games under the head coach. Dean Hood that MSU offense has put up 400 or more yards of offense.

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