Scores

Final

W Illinois 3

(3-5, 1-4 MVFC)

Missouri State 42

(3-6, 3-3 MVFC)

2:00 PM ET, October 27, 2012

Plaster Sports Complex, Springfield, MO

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 0 3 0 03
MOSU 7 21 7 742

Top Performers

Passing: K. Harris (MOSU) - 130 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Cooper-Falls (MOSU) - 12 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Buford (MNST) - 2 REC, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Missouri St. 42, W. Illinois 3

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kierra Harris threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Mikael Cooper-Falls added 95 yards rushing and a score, and Missouri State dominated Western Illinois 42-3 on Saturday for the Bears' first three-game winning streak in eight years.

Harris completed just 13 passes and was intercepted three times, but he managed to find Dorian Buford, Trey Kelley and Cadarrius Dotson for scores. Cedric Miller added a rushing score for the Bears (3-6, 3-3 Missouri Valley), who last strung together three wins Sept. 2-18, 2004.

Harris opened the scoring with a 38-yarder to Buford in the first quarter, then found Kelley and Dotson on short scoring passes in the second before running it in from the 1 just before halftime. That gave the Bears a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Leathernecks (3-5, 1-4) got 75 yards rushing from Caulton Ray and 72 from Nikko Watson. Pat Smith kicked a 27-yard field goal.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
MOSU
1st Downs1317
Total Yards224350
Passing70143
Rushing154207
Penalties9-612-15
3rd Down Conversions6-215-11
4th Down Conversions2-50-0
Turnovers33
Possession37:1222:48

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Northern6/15422.803
Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris13/231305.733

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ray25753.0012
Watson17724.2018
Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper-Falls12957.9139
Scott4348.5021

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salomon6467.7014
Reardon11111.0011
Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Buford24321.5138
Thayer33311.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD01:47Dorian Buford 38 Yd Pass From Kierra Harris (Austin Witmer Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERWIUMOSU
FG09:24Pat Smith 27 Yd 37
TD07:40Cadarrius Dotson 3 Yd Pass From Kierra Harris (Austin Witmer Kick) 314
TD01:26Tre Kelley 4 Yd Pass From Kierra Harris (Austin Witmer Kick) 321
TD00:08Kierra Harris 1 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 328
THIRD QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD02:25Mikael Cooper-Falls 3 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 335
FOURTH QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD13:19Cedric Miller 1 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 342