Missouri State 30 at 24 Western Illinois
- MACOMB, Ill. – A 22-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Johnson to Isaac Smith with 6:39 to play gave visiting Missouri State the lead for good and sealed a 30-24 comeback victory for the Bears over Western Illinois here Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams.Smith’s grab capped the game-winning, 92-yard scoring drive for MSU (1-3, 1-0 MVFC) and came on the heels of a 74-yard strike from Johnson to Damoriea Vick one play earlier that took the visitors from the shadow of their own goal line all the way to the WIU 22.
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- Stadium: Hanson Field
- Location: Macomb, Ill.
- Attendance: 421
- Duration: 3:23
WIU: Connor Sampson (281 PASS); DeShon Gavin (22 RUSH); Dennis Houston (71 REC);