Miscues, pass defense doom Racers

Every time the Racers tried to make it a game, the Central Arkansas Bears had the answer.

Despite out-gaining the Central Arkansas Bears on offense, 537-423, turnovers in the red zone and missed tackles cost the Racers a much needed home victory as Murray State fell 42-20 in regulation.

Senior quarterback Casey Brockman finished the game with 445 yards on 41 completions, but threw three interceptions to end possible scoring drives.

Central Arkansas junior quarterback Wynrick Smothers picked apart a porous pass defense, tossing five touchdowns and 358 yards on a 75 percent completion rate. Four of the touchdowns came before halftime as the Racers were in a 28-7 hole early in the second quarter.

Junior wide receiver Jesse Grandy caught six passes for 73 yards and returned a 72-yard punt for the Bears, while senior wide receiver Dominique Croom snagged 10 passes for 184 yards, including a 74-yard bomb straight through the defense.

Senior wide receiver Ja-Vonta Trotter led the Racers with 11 catches for 92 yards, while senior wide receiver Walter Powell made seven catches for 88 yards.

Junior linebacker Qua Huzzie led the Racers with nine tackles, four of them for losses.

Story by Edward Marlowe, Staff Writer