Racers earn huge win over Tigers

Jordan Morrow, Senior from Fairfield, California, runs a completed 10 yard pass for a 1st down. Lori Allen / The NewsJordan Morrow, Murray State Senior from Fairfield, California, runs a completed 10 yard pass for a 1st down early on during the record-breaking victory against Campbellsville University. Lori Allen / The News

Jordan Morrow, Senior from Fairfield, California, runs a completed 10 yard pass for a 1st down. Lori Allen / The News

Jordan Morrow, Murray State Senior from Fairfield, California, runs a completed 10 yard pass for a 1st down early on during the record-breaking victory against Campbellsville University.
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After losing big to Missouri last week to kick off the 2013 season, the Racers responded by setting a single game modern scoring record Saturday night, decimating the Campbellsville Tigers 83-14.

On senior night, four-year veteran Brandon Wicks got the Racers off to a strong start, intercepting Campbellsville’s first pass attempt just 28 seconds into the game.

From then on, the blowout ensued. By the end of the first quarter the Racers had scored 41 straight points while allowing just 44 yards of total offense.

58 Zach Dean, Sophomore defensive end, from Salem, Alabama, and 99 Jerrold Frazier, Sophomore defensive tackle from Memphis, Tenn., work together on the Murray State defense. Kate Russell / The News

58 Zach Dean, Sophomore defensive end, from Salem, Alabama, and 99 Jerrold Frazier, Sophomore defensive tackle from Memphis, Tenn., work together on the Murray State defense.
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“We went out there and we handled business and we handled it quickly,” Head Coach Chris Hatcher said. “We got the knockout blow early and I talked about doing that all week. To me, that’s a sign of a team buying in and doing the things they need to do to be successful on Saturdays.”

Senior running back Duane Brady led the attack with four first-half rushing touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Maikhail Miller also had a big first half, completing 17 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and 240 yards through the air.

Brady gave all credit to his offensive line.

80, Kendarian Jennings, Sophomore wide receiver from Memphis, Tenn. ready to receive the pass. Kate Russell / The News

80, Kendarian Jennings, Sophomore wide receiver from Memphis, Tenn. ready to receive the pass.
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“We had great blocking on the perimeter so all I had to do was run the ball and make a couple cuts,” Brady said.

Midway through the second quarter, the Racers found themselves with a 48-0 lead and an opportunity to give several backups some significant playing time.

Freshman running back Marcus Holliday was one of the beneficiaries, leading the team in rushing and scoring his first career touchdown. He would finish the night with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

36 Pokey Harris, Sophomore running back from Winchester, Kentucky, protects 21 Jordan Morrow, Senior wide receiver from Fairfield, California. Kate Russell / The News

36 Pokey Harris, Sophomore running back from Winchester, Kentucky, protects 21 Jordan Morrow, Senior wide receiver from Fairfield, California.
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“It’s always good for team morale when guys go in there and play that don’t normally get to play that much,” Hatcher said. “That’s good for those guys, they need it, they earned it and they practice hard every day too.”

“We have three running backs that are awesome and really play good,” Brady said. “We complement each other so well so I was happy because I got to give them opportunities to showcase their skills as well.”

By the end of the third quarter, the Racers led 83-14. With both teams playing their final reserves after nearly three hours of game time, the officials decided to take nine minutes off the clock, shortening the fourth quarter to just six minutes.

Though none of the coaches or players had ever played in a shortened game before, Hatcher said he was glad the decision was made.

“I was glad they agreed to do that just because I didn’t want it to get any worse than it was,” Hatcher said.

A large and spirited crowd was on hand to root on the Racers. Lori Allen / The News

A large and spirited crowd was on hand to root on the Racers.
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The Racers will face their first FCS opponent of the season next week as they take on Missouri State at Roy Stewart Stadium.

Story by Jonathan Ferris, Staff writer