Missouri State 30, Western Illinois 24

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.
Game Recap (Missouri State) | Game Recap (Western Illinois) | Box Score
Stadium: Hanson Field
Location: Macomb, Ill.
Attendance: 421
Duration: 3:23

MSU: Jaden Johnson (278 PASS); Celdon Manning (69 RUSH); Damoriea Vick (138 REC);

WIU: Connor Sampson (281 PASS); DeShon Gavin (22 RUSH); Dennis Houston (71 REC);