Scores

Final

W Illinois 33

(3-2, 1-1 MVFC)

Missouri State 21

(1-3, 0-1 MVFC)

3:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Plaster Sports Complex, Springfield, MO

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 7 13 0 1333
MOSU 0 0 14 721

Top Performers

Passing: C. Kirby (MOSU) - 246 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: H. Donaldson (WIU) - 41 CAR, 273 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Fuselier (MOSU) - 5 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD

W. Illinois 33, Missouri St. 21

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Herb Donaldson scored four touchdowns and rushed for 273 yards to lead Western Illinois to a 33-21 win over Missouri State on Saturday.

Western Illinois (3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) scored three times in the first half and held off a second-half rally by Missouri State (1-3, 0-1) before pulling away.

Donaldson scored twice on 15- and 38-yard runs in the first half and Dre Gibbs scored Western Illinois' third first-half score on a 41-yard run to give the Leathernecks a 20-0 halftime lead.

Missouri State scored on its opening drive of the second half on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Cody Kirby to Justin Fuselier, cutting Western Illinois' lead to 20-7 with 12:31 left in the third quarter.

Missouri State recovered a Western Illinois fumble with 8:20 left in the third quarter and drove 80 yards, scoring on a 7-yard pass from Kirby to Brandon Oliver with 3:06 left to trail 20-14.

After having a 15-yard field goal blocked early in the fourth quarter, the Leathernecks marched 57 yards on its next possession and scored with 7:34 left on a 4-yard run by Donaldson. He scored on another 4-yard run with 1:39 left.

Missouri State's final touchdown came on a 13-yard pass from Kirby to Chris Geisz with 1:05 left.

Western Illinois had 521 yards of offense including 126 rushing yards from Gibbs.

Kirby passed for 246 yards on 20 of 34 for Missouri State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
MOSU
1st Downs2415
Total Yards520352
Passing61246
Rushing459106
Penalties4-404-31
3rd Down Conversions5-123-11
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession38:4321:17

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr7/14614.400
Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kirby20/342467.231

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Donaldson412736.7438
Gibbs912614.0141
Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnston27336.5070
Washington10535.3024

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sims4297.3014
Donaldson22010.0014
Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fuselier59218.4167
Geisz45614.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD04:58Herb Donaldson 15 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD12:11Herb Donaldson 38 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 130
TD03:21Dre Gibbs 41 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 200
THIRD QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD12:31Justin Fuselier 67 Yd Pass From Cody Kirby (Matthew Hottelman Kick) 207
TD03:06Brandon Oliver 7 Yd Pass From Cody Kirby (Matthew Hottelman Kick) 2014
FOURTH QUARTERWIUMOSU
TD07:34Herb Donaldson 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2614
TD01:39Herb Donaldson 4 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 3314
TD01:05Chris Geisz 16 Yd Pass From Cody Kirby (Matthew Hottelman Kick) 3321