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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