Picked third in the preseason Ohio Valley Conference race, Murray State got off to a slow start, winning just one game in its first four contests, including a heartbreaking overtime loss to Eastern Illinois.
The Racers took out their early-season frustrations on Tennessee Tech last Saturday, scoring 49 first-half points en route to a 70-35 drubbing of defending league champ Tennessee Tech.
Preseason OVC Offensive Player of the Year and All-American Casey Brockman, on the preseason Walter Payton Watch List, was an incredible 32 of 38 for 381 yards-he has completed 176 of 260 yards for 1679 yards on the season. He connected with Walter Powell 10 times for 162 yards against Tennessee Tech-Powell has 51 catches on the season.
The Racers also got a strong rushing effort from running back Jaamal Berry, the Ohio State transfer, who had 13 carries for 142 yards.
Linebacker Qua Huzzie is the anchor of a defense that showed great resilience after permitting 50 points against the Panthers. He had eight tackles for loss on the season, including a pair against Tennessee Tech.
The Governors, meanwhile, still are seeking their season's first victory after a disappointing defeat at Eastern Illinois which saw the Governors defense permitting 606 yards in total offense, including 509 through the air.
Offensively, quarterback Jake Ryan completed 23 of 46 for 205 yards. Junior running back/receiver Terrence Oliver had 9 catches for 100 yards.