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Football Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Missouri State In Annual Homecoming Contest
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Ace Hunt

The fifth season of the Trent Miles era continues on Saturday, October 6, as the Sycamores return home in Missouri Valley Football Conference play for the annual Homecoming contest against Missouri State. Saturday's game is set for a 3:05 p.m. (ET) kickoff at Memorial Stadium (12,764). The game will be broadcast live world-wide on Sycamore Vision, a pay-per-view web stream service on with Brian Fritz (pbp) and Tom James (color) on the call. The game will also air live on WIBQ (98.5 FM), with Fritz and James calling the action for the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network. Action can be heard live worldwide on Information on how to subscribe the web stream can be found on page 2 of this release.

This edition of Football Gameday Central is presented by First Financial Bank, who are the game sponsors for Saturday's Homecoming Contest against Missouri State. First Financial Bank is the official bank of Sycamore Athletics.

Missouri State leads the all-time series against Indiana State by a 16-10 margin as the two teams will be meeting for the 27th time on the gridiron, all in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. The Sycamores hold a 7-6 advantage in games played at Memorial Stadium while the Bears hold a 10-3 lead in games played in Springfield. The Sycamores hold a two game winning streak over Missouri State and with a victory on Saturday would own a three game winning streak versus the Bears for the first time in series history.

INDIANA STATE: Trent Miles (Indiana State ‘87)
- Overall: 16-34 (5th Season) 
- at Indiana State: 16-34 (5th Season)
- vs. SIU: 2-2
- vs. Missouri Valley Football Conference: 10-24 
MSU: Terry Allen (Northern Iowa, ‘79)
- Overall: 120-105 (20th Season) 
- at MSU: 25-46 (7th Season)
- vs. Indiana State: 10-4
- vs. Missouri Valley Football Conference: 54-37

- The Indiana State defense has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to the opposition in its last 17 quarters of action, including not only allowing any touchdowns against Quincy or Southern Illinois and its 12.2 ppg allowed average is ranked second in the MVFC and nationally behind North Dakota State.
- Shakir Bell raced for 160 yards on the ground against Southern Illinois which put him over the 3,000 rushing yards career mark just 27 games in his career. He is just the fourth Sycamore to reach that career milestone. He needs only 88 more rushing yards to top Derrick Franklin for third on the ISU all-time chart.

An Indiana State Win Over Missouri State Would ...
• Give the Sycamores a 2-1 start to MVFC play for the third consecutive season, and just the ninth time ever.
• Improve the Sycamores to 16-11 all-time against Missouri State, including a mark of 8-6 inside Memorial Stadium and give them their first-ever three game winning streak over the Bears.
• Give the Sycamores their fourth consecutive victory in the annual Homecoming contest.
• Give Indiana State a 4-2 start to the season for the third consecutive year.

The Indiana State Head Coach
Indiana State head coach Trent Miles (Indiana State, 1987) is 16-34 (.320) overall in his fifth season as a head coach, all with the Sycamores. He is 10-24 all-time in MVFC games, including a 6-11 mark at home and a 4-13 mark on the road. During his career, he is 11-14 in all home games, 5-20 on the road and 3-3 in games decided by three points or less. Miles is 2-2 all-time against Missouri State, and is 1-1 against the Bears at home. With the Trees, Miles is 1-2 in overtime games, and 1-5 in shutouts. Saturday's game is Trent Miles' 51st as Indiana State head coach.

The Missouri State Head Coach 
Missouri State is led by the dean of coaches in the Missouri Valley Football Conference as head coach Terry Allen is in his 20th season, having coached for both Northern Iowa and Missouri State as well as Kansas. Allen is 120-105 as a head coach, including a mark of 25-46 in his seventh season with the Bears. Allen owns a career record of 54-37 against teams in the MVFC.

Scouting The Bears
Missouri State is 0-5 on the season, having taken a pair of losses against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision against nationally-ranked opponents in Kansas State and Louisville. The Bears dropped their home opener against Murray State and also fell in their league opener to Southern Illinois. Last week, Missouri State lost on the road to South Dakota State by the score of 17-7. MSU signal caller Ashton Glaser is 99-of-191 passing on the year for 1057 yards and two touchdowns while Ryan Heaston has gained 377 yards on 64 attempts.

A Little History
This marks the 108th season of football at Indiana State, dating back to 1896. The University did not field teams from 1899 to 1900, 1908 or from 1910 to 1919. ISU owns an all-time record of 354-476-22 and is competing for the 27th consecutive season as a member of the MVFC.

Television Particulars
The Missouri State home game will be broadcast live on the internet by Sycamore Vision, which is a pay-per-view web stream service of Fans should go to the web stream information section of for subscription information.

Sycamores Host 84th Homecoming Contest Against Missouri State
It's Homecoming on the Indiana State campus this week as the Sycamores host Missouri State on Saturday to cap off a week full of festivities. The contest between Missouri State and Indiana State is the 84th Homecoming football game to be played at ISU. All-time, the Sycamores are 46-35-2 in Homecoming games, including a mark of 2-1 versus the Bears. The last time MSU was the Sycamores' Homecoming opponent came in 2006, when the Sycamores earned a 28-22 victory to break a 24-game losing skid. ISU has won its last three Homecoming games, a streak that is the longest for the Sycamores since a similar span from 1976-78.

Shakir Bell Leads The Sycamores With 160 Rushing Yards In Win At Southern Illinois
Shakir Bell tied a season-high with 33 attempts and led the Sycamores with 160 yards on the ground as ISU won on the road at Southern Illinois by the score of 24-3 on Saturday evening. Bell went over the 3,000 rushing yard mark for his career on his second carry of the game -- a nine-yard rush and is just the fourth Sycamore to reach that career milestone. He added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the contest, both of which were from two yards out to help run a 7-3 Sycamore lead out to a 21-3 advantage. His long run of 26 yards came in the game's second quarter with the Sycamores trailing 3-0 and help set up a nine-yard touchdown pass from Mike Perish to Tanner Riley. The 160 yards for Bell marked the 15th time that he has reached the 100-yard standard during his career and his tied for his eighth-best single-game performance during his career.

Calvin Burnett With Two Interceptions In A Game For Second Time During Career
Calvin Burnett tallied five total tackles and a quarterback hurry but it was his two interceptions that helped shape the Sycamores' 24-3 victory at Southern Illinois on Saturday evening. His first interception came with the Salukis already owning a 3-0 advantage late in the first quarter and they were driving for third time in the contest. With the ball near midfield, Burnett made a play on a long pass over the middle of the field and posted the interception after laying out for the ball on the 10-yard line. Then with the Sycamores holding a 21-3 lead with five minutes gone in the fourth quarter, Burnett picked off his second Saluki pass at the ISU 33-yard line and posted a return of 17 yards to midfield. That interception set up a Tanner Fritschle field goal with 5:12 remaining which put the game out of reach at 24-3. Burnett tied a career-high with two pass interceptions with his other double interception performance coming on the road at Youngstown State in November of 2010.

Hileman Flips The Field Position Battle Versus The Salukis
While the Sycamore defense was stout against Southern Illinois in the 24-3 road victory over the Salukis, it was the play of senior Lucas Hileman at the punter position that was key in the victory. Hileman punted nine times in the game for 385 yards, an average of 42.8 yards per punt. He pinned SIU inside their own 20-yard line twice and booted a long of 66 yards as well. Hileman also had a punt of over 70 yards wiped out late in the second quarter as ISU was backed up near their own end zone. Hileman boomed the punt despite kicking from behind the goal line, it went over 70 yards in the air and absorbed a roughing the kicker penalty which kept the ISU drive alive before the half.

Connor Underwood Paces The Team In Quarterback Sacks
Connor Underwood earned his first career start at the defensive end for the Sycamores as ISU posted a 24-3 road victory over Southern Illinois. Underwood responded with a four tackle performance, including a quarterback sack in the first quarter which stopped a Saluki drive which had reached the red zone and forced them to settle for their lone field goal of the contest. His quarterback sack at SIU marked the third consecutive week in which he has tallied one and gives him the team led for the most on the team this season with three.

Sycamores Have Now Won Back-To-Back Road MVFC Games For First Time In 16 Seasons
Indiana State earned a 24-3 road victory in league play over Southern Illinois on September 29 which broke a nine-game losing streak to the Salukis, including a four in a row in Carbondale. ISU had last won over a Southern Illinois team when Julian Reese led the Sycamores to a 21-14 victory at old McAndrew Stadium in 2002. The victory also gives the Sycamores two road MVFC wins in a row dating back to the road finale in 2011 at Missouri State. Since snapping a losing streak of over 30 games on the road in league play with a victory over Youngstown State in 2010, Indiana State is now 4-3 away from Memorial Stadium in the MVFC. Prior to the current string of back-to-back MVFC road victories, the last time the Sycamores accomplished that feat came in 1996 with consecutive road wins over Western Illinois and Southern Illinois.

Shakir Bell Becomes Fourth Sycamore To Reach 3,000 Career Rushing Yard Mark
Shakir Bell became just the fourth Sycamore to reach the 3,000 rushing yard mark for his career on a nine-yard carry in the first quarter of the road victory over Southern Illinois on September 29. Bell has moved into ISU's top four for career rushing yards with his 3,143 career total. Bell currently sits 88 yards behind Derrick Franklin for third on the all-time list. Bell has reached 100 yards rushing in 15 of his 27 career games and his 349 yards against Drake are a new MVFC and ISU school record while his 192 yards against Indiana were the most ever by a Sycamore in a season opener and the seventh-best rushing mark for Bell in a single game during his career. Vincent Allen (4,335 yards from 1973-77) and David Wright (4,181 yards from 1992-95) also sit ahead of Bell on the ISU all-time career rushing list.

Sycamore Defense Second Nationally In Points Allowed Per Game
The Sycamore defense has been outstanding so far this season, allowing just 61 points over the first five games, including the program's first shutout since 1996 with the 44-0 victory over Quincy on September 8. ISU has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to the opposition in the last 17 quarters of action. ISU is allowing a paltry 12.2 points per game, which ranks second in the MVFC to North Dakota State and is also second best nationally to the Bison. North Dakota State is limiting its opponents to just 8.75 points per game through four contests.

Aaron Archie Leading The Way For The Sycamore Defense
Indiana State senior linebacker Aaron Archie has reached double figure totals in tackles in each of the Sycamores' first five games this season and leads the team with a 11.4 tackles per game average. His total is tied for the most in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and is the ninth-best figure nationally. The Indiana State defense has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to the opposition in its last 17 quarters of action, including not only allowing any touchdowns against Quincy or Southern Illinois and its 12.2 ppg allowed average is ranked second in the MVFC and nationally behind North Dakota State.

Fritschle Honored By The Fred Mitchell Award Committee For September Performance
Indiana State sophomore kicker Tanner Fritschle has been very effective at the kicking position this year, hitting 8-of-9 field goal attempts and is a perfect 14-of-14 on PAT's so far through five contests. For his efforts, he has been honored by The Fred Mitchell Award Committee for one of the best national performances by a kicker in the month of September. He is one of 31 kickers to earn the distinction. The Washington, Ind., native made a field goal as the clock reached 0:00 heading into halftime in each of the first four games this season.

Bell Sets MVFC & ISU Rushing Records In Victory Over Drake
Indiana State junior running back Shakir Bell etched his name in both the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Indiana State record books yet again on September 15 when he gained 349 yards on the ground to set both the school and conference single-game rushing record against Drake. For his efforts, Bell was named both the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Week and The Sports Network National Offensive Player Of The Week. His 349-yard rushing effort is the highest single-game total so far this season for both FBS and FCS and is the eighth-highest total ever in FCS history. Evan Borchers Was Named The MVFC Offensive Lineman Of The Week following Bell's performance against Drake.

Shakir Bell Named To Walter Payton Award Watch List
Indiana State junior running back Shakir Bell is among 20 student-athletes selected by The Sports Network for the publication's 2012 Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Walter Payton Award is presented following the season to the nation's most outstanding player at the Football Championship Subdivision level. Bell tied for second for the prestigious award following his standout sophomore season, a year that saw the Indianapolis, Ind., native led the nation with 1,670 rushing yards. The Warren Central High School product was named to the FCS Preseason All-America First Team by The Sports Network earlier this week. Bell averaged 151.8 yards per game on the ground and broke the school record for single-game rushing yards last season when he racked up 256 yards and four touchdowns in Indiana State's 37-35 win over Youngstown State on Sept. 24, 2011. The 2011 Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year tallied 14 touchdowns in 2011, breaking the school record for single-season rushing yards (1,670) and posted the eighth-best total in MVFC history.

Ben Obaseki Named To Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
Indiana State senior defensive lineman Ben Obaseki is one of 20 players nationally to be named to the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List as announced by The Sports Network. The Buck Buchanan Award is awarded annually at the FCS Awards Banquet during NCAA FCS Championship weekend to the nation's top FCS defensive player. Earlier this month, Shakir Bell was named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List, which goes to the top offensive player in FCS. Bell finished tied for second in last season's voting as a sophomore. Last season, Obaseki was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and was a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference performer. He finished third in the league's Defensive Player of the Year voting after leading the Sycamores with 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, which tied for second and third in the MVFC, respectively, in those categories. He posted 22 total tackles against Western Illinois on October 15 which is the most by a defensive lineman in the history of the MVFC. Obaseki also plays fullback in goal line situations as he scored five touchdowns last season on five rushing attempts. Obaseki was also a First Team All-MVFC performer as sophomore in 2010.

Bringing Back Memories Of "The Fridge"
The Sycamores' senior defensive end Ben Obaseki found the end zone for the seventh time of his career on the offensive side of the football when he plunged in from one yard out in the 2012 home opener against Quincy. Obaseki has seven career rushes to his credit - all leading to Sycamore touchdowns.

Sycamores With Back To Back Winning Seasons
Indiana State has finished 6-5 in each of the last two seasons to record winning ledgers in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995 & 1996 campaigns. With a winning mark in 2012, the Sycamores would post at least three consecutive winning records for the first time since a span of six seasons from 1964 to 1969.

Six Sycamores Named To Preseason All-MVFC Squad
A total of six Sycamores were named to the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason Team while Indiana State has been picked to finish fifth in the newly expanded 10-team league, according to a preseason poll of MVFC head coaches, beat writers, radio announcers and sports information directors. Senior Ben Obaseki and junior Shakir Bell, who have both earned Preseason All-America honors and have been named to the Buck Buchanan and Walter Payton Award Watch Lists, respectively, were each named to the MVFC Preseason Team. Senior offensive lineman FN Lutz, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained at the Spring Game, was named to the preseason squad as well. On defense, Obaseki is joined by senior linebackers Aaron Archie and Jacolby Washington. Senior Lucas Hileman, who joined the team two weeks into 2011, was named to the MVFC Preseason Team as the punter.

Sycamores Against The Missouri Valley Football Conference
Indiana State is in its 27th season as a member of the MVFC. ISU's first season as a league member came in 1986 when it went 1-5 through a six-game league schedule. The Sycamores are 47-116 in MVFC contests and have won eight of their last 16 league matchups, marking the first time since the 2002 season that an ISU team has won multiple league contests over a similar stretch.

FN Lutz Nominated For 2012 All-State AFCA Good Works Team
Indiana State senior offensive lineman FN Lutz is one of 117 nominees nationwide for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as announced today by the national coaches' organization. In 2011, Lutz was named both First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference as well as First Team MVFC All-Academic following a season that saw him start all 11 games at center. He spearheaded an Indiana State rushing attack that averaging 181.9 yards per game as well as a league-leading 5.3 yards per carry. He was an Honorable Mention All-MVFC pick in 2010 as a sophomore. Lutz is joined by Colton Underwood of Illinois State, Billy Turner of North Dakota State, Bo Helm of South Dakota State and Kyle Bernard of Northern Iowa as representatives of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has shown a spotlight on the countless "good works" and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition. Award recipients represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.

In Overtime
The Sycamores have played in 12 overtime contests since the rule was established for regular season games in the NCAA FCS Subdivision in 1996. The Sycamores are 7-5 in games that have used an extra period. ISU's last overtime contest came in the form of a 38-35 victory against Missouri State in the sixth game of the 2010 season.

Up Next
The Sycamores travel to North Dakota State, who is ranked No. 1 this week in both The Sports Network & FCS Coaches Polls on Saturday, October 13. Kick-off is set for 4:00 p.m. (ET).

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