» By ANTHONY SHINGLER – ashingler@my.apsu.edu

The Murray State Racers raced to a 56-24 victory over the Govs Saturday, Nov. 12. The Govs dropped to 3-7 overall, and 2-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference standing. Murray State improved to 6-4 overall, and 4-3 in the OVC.

It did not take long for Murray State to establish an early 26-0 lead. They scored on their first offensive drive. Junior quarterback Jake Ryan found senior wide receiver Scott Thomas for a 10-yard touchdown pass that cut the Murray State lead to 26-7.

Murray State pushed their lead to 42-10 on a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter. Racer kicker Kienan Cullen made five field goals in the game.

Ryan instrumented another Govs scoring drive in the third quarter. He tossed a 38-yard bomb to Devin Starks for the touchdown. Ryan completed 10-of-18 passes for 101 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It was his first game back after sitting out due to a knee injury.

Ryan White, who was suspended for the first quarter, finished with 20 carries for 92 yards. The Govs rushed for 125 yards. Starks made seven catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Murray State’s Casey Brockman finished 25-of-39 for 277 yards and one touchdown. Murray State out gained the Govs offensively 525 to 295.

The Govs return to action for the season finale at Tennessee Tech Saturday, Nov. 19, in the final game of the Sgt. York Trophy Series and
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