Valparaiso 23

(3-3, 2-1 Pioneer)

Morehead State 29

(2-3, 2-2 Pioneer)

1:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004

Jayne Stadium, Morehead, KY

1 2 3 4 T
VALP 7 0 0 1623
MORE 7 16 6 029

Top Performers

Passing: R. Doerffler (VALP) - 101 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. McGee (MORE) - 15 CAR, 124 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Horton (VALP) - 4 REC, 28 YDS, 1 TD

Morehead State 29, Valparaiso 23

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- Jabari McGee rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead Morehead State to a 29-23 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon.

Morehead State (2-3) intercepted four passes, including two by safety Chris Hutchinson that led to scores as the Eagles built a 29-7 lead.

Valparaiso (3-3) answered with 16 fourth-quarter points. A 13-yard pass from third-string quarterback Ryan Doerffler to Kevin Knutson with 3:33 left cut the Morehead lead to 29-23. Morehead was able to run out the clock to secure the win.

Morehead's starting quarterback, redshirt freshman Brian Yost, suffered a broken collar bone in the second quarter. The Eagles relied on a strong running attack that compiled 236 yards.

McGee scored on a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs, one in the second quarter to put Morehead ahead 20-7, and another in the third quarter that made it 29-7.

Casey McCoy opened the scoring with a 2-yard run that gave Morehead a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Brian Yost ran 9 yards for a touchdown that put Morehead ahead for good at 13-7. Adam Jones kicked a 21-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the first half to put Morehead ahead 23-7.

Jeff Horton began Valparaiso's comeback with a 2-yard touchdown reception from Doerffler with 7:10 left in the game. The Crusaders got a safety to make it 29-16, then added Doerffler's scoring pass to Knutson.