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After falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Morehead State Football team ran away with a 73-34 victory over nearby foe Kentucky Christian thanks to a huge second-half effort on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

MSU outscored the Knights 42-6 in the second half after taking a narrow 31-28 lead into halftime. Morehead State is now 2-1, starting with that mark for the first time since 2009.

Running backs Issiah Aguero and Jovan Smith eclipsed the century mark in yardage as the Eagles racked up 283 rushing yards.

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Morehead State junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and sophomore quarterback Mark Pappas have been honored for their week one play by the Pioneer Football League. Taylor is the league's Defensive Player of the Week, while Pappas garnered the first Offensive Player of the Week award for 2019.

Taylor, Jr., the native of Washington, D.C., wreaked havoc on the Union (Ky.) offense to tune of 3.5 tackles for loss. Included in that was a sack. He also broke up a pass and had a quarterback hurry in the Eagles' 44-7 victory.

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Morehead State sophomore quarterback Mark Pappas tossed for 236 yards and three scores in his first-career start as he helped power the Eagles to a 44-7 victory over Union (Ky.) on a picture-perfect Thursday evening at Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State opens its 2019 campaign at 1-0 while the Bulldogs fall to 0-1. The Eagles will return to the gridiron on Sept. 7, when they travel to #13 Illinois State for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Hancock Stadium.

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A quintet of Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer League Teams.

Senior offensive lineman Josh Poe is a first-team pick, while junior kicker Andrew Foster and sophomore return man Ian Holder are on the second team. Senior offensive lineman Cam Bailey and junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor, Jr., are third-team selections.

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With the opening of fall camp set to begin this week, the Morehead State football program has added 23 freshmen for its upcoming 2019 season. In addition to the freshmen newcomers, there are nine transfers planning to join the 2019 roster, giving the Eagles 32 new players.

Of the 32 additions, there are 20 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and one kicker.

On the offensive side, the Eagles inked players at wide receiver, tight end, slot receiver, offensive line, quarterback and running back.

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Morehead State senior offensive lineman Josh Poe has been selected as a member of the official 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team.

Poe, a 6-4 lineman who has played guard and tackle, was a mainstay on the front line last season, starting all 11 games. He was named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

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With six home games on the schedule, Morehead State football fans can secure the best value by purchasing season tickets for Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State has led the Pioneer Football League in attendance for five consecutive seasons.

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Morehead State football has landed four players on the 2019 Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Commonwealth Team.

The Eagles' honorees are senior offensive linemen Josh Poe and Cameron Bailey, along with senior linebacker Beau Griego and senior defensive lineman Jeremiah Draper.

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Morehead State football put the finishing touches on spring ball Saturday with an energetic game, highlighted by a pick six and a few electric plays with the offense too.

Starting four weeks ago, head coach Rob Tenyer's squad held 14 workouts before putting everything together for the spring game on a cold day at Jayne Stadium.

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Morehead State's football program will open its spring schedule of practices on Monday. The Eagles are slated for 14 workouts before the spring game on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. ET.

Nearly 70 players are expected to take part in spring drills, vying for positions on the depth chart heading into the fall 2019 schedule.

On the offensive side of the ball, a plethora of linemen return, including three who will be in their fifth year in the program come fall. The Eagles will be looking for a new starting quarterback with Lawson Page exhausting his eligibility last fall.

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The Morehead State football program has selected its 2018 postseason award winners, with seven individuals earning the top honors for the season.

Awards presented included the Phil Simms Offensive MVP (Lawson Page), Dave Haverdick Defensive MVP (Sayyid Kanu), John Christopher Special Teams MVP (Nathan Sames), Appel Academic Award (Kyle Gilbert), Mike Gottfried C3 Award (Beau Griego), Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year (Matt Guilfoil) and Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year (Demetrius Dillard).

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Morehead State football was represented by eight student-athletes on the 2018 All-Pioneer League teams.

Senior wide receiver Jarin Higginbotham was named to the second-team, while senior defensive lineman Jamil Butler, freshman return specialist Ian Holder, sophomore punter Andrew Foster, senior offensive lineman Kris Jones, senior defensive back Sayyid Kanu and redshirt junior offensive linemen Josh Poe and Ben Price were on the honorable mention list.

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Morehead State football was unable to be efficient on third down opportunities, and despite holding the ball on offense for 10 more minutes than Drake, the Eagles fell 43-6 to the Bulldogs in the 2018 season finale at Jayne Stadium Saturday.

The Eagles were 7-of-19 on third downs and converted only one of five fourth-down chances.

"It was kind of the story of the season again today, we didn't take advantage of our chances," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "We put ourselves in way too many third down situations and didn't convert enough."

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Morehead State football piled up 472 total offensive yards, but a 2-for-14 day on third down chances hurt the Eagles Saturday at Stetson as the Hatters pulled away for a 48-24 defeat of MSU at Spec Martin Stadium.

MSU fell to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the PFL.

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After winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2015, the Morehead State football team absorbed a 48-21 setback to Pioneer Football League foe Marist on a damp Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Red Foxes' offense racked up 425 total yards and 281 yards on the ground with an average of 6.4 yards per rushing attempt. The duo of Mekhai Johnson and Darryn Jordan both went over 100 yards on the ground - Johnson rushed for 170 yards and three scores while Jordan scurried for 101.

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In front of a season-best homecoming crowd of 8,145, the Morehead State football team survived a late charge from Pioneer Football League opponent Valparaiso and scored a 31-24 victory on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The victory improves Morehead State to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in PFL play.

After allowing the Crusaders to pull the game within a score and recover an onside kick with 1:15 remaining, senior safety Sayyid Kanu came through clutch for the Eagles' defense by picking off a pass from Valparaiso quarterback Jimmy Seewald and returning it 66 yards.

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Coming off a thrilling seven-point PFL win at Davidson, Morehead State football turns its full attention toward the Homecoming game with visiting Valparaiso Saturday. Kickoff is at 2:05 p.m. ET.

The game can be seen live on ESPN+ and heard on the Eagle Sports Radio Network (WIVY-96.3 FM, WMST-106.9 FM and 1150 AM).

The Eagles will look to gain some ground in the PFL, sitting at 1-2 and 2-4 overall. Valparaiso got off the schneid last weekend with a 35-14 win over Butler to collect its first triumph. The Crusaders are 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.

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Despite racking up more than 500 yards of total offense and out-gaining the Toreros , the Morehead State football team was defeated 51-34 by Pioneer Football League foe San Diego on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The loss drops the Eagles to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in PFL play. The Toreros, who picked up their 23rd consecutive conference win, improved to 3-2 and 2-0 in the PFL.

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Coming off a close setback at Butler, the Morehead State football team turns its attention to a matchup at home Saturday against San Diego at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Fans can watch live on ESPN+, listen live on WIVY-96.3 FM and WMST-106.9 FM and 1150 AM and keep up with live stats here on MSUEagles.com.

San Diego enters the game at 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the PFL. The Eagles will look to halt the Toreros' 22-game conference winning streak. Morehead State is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.


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In the highest scoring game in Jayne Stadium history, Morehead State football went back-and-forth with 23rd ranked Austin Peay before falling 78-40 on Saturday evening.

The Governors scored the game's opening points on their first drive and completed a successful two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. Redshirt sophomore Aaron Turk wasted little time answering, returning the following kickoff 92 yards for six points. The Eagles were unsuccessful on their two-point attempt.

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Senior quarterback Lawson Page rushed for a career-best 146 yards and added three scores through the air to lead the Morehead State football team to a 48-19 victory over the Mount St. Joseph Lions on rainy Saturday night at Jayne Stadium.

Page, who also tossed for 86 yards through the air and three scores, led his offense to a total of 519 yards while racking up 422 yards on the ground. The 422 rushing yards were the most for the Eagles on the ground since joining the Pioneer Football League in 2001.

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Morehead State Football had eight players listed on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Teams.

Senior wide receiver Jarin Higginbotham is a first-team selection, while senior quarterback Lawson Page and sophomore slot receiver Landon Hurst were third-team picks on offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior lineman Patrick Rice and senior lineman Nick Flores were named to the second-team. Senior lineman Jamil Butler, junior linebacker Jerome Brooks and senior cornerback Chauncey Johns were on the third team.

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Morehead State football seniors Jake Sutherland, Liam Maloney and Braylyn Cook have been selected to take part in the FCS National Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The game, presented by Spiral, is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. It is attended by scouts of all professional levels of football.

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Honoring 13 members of the 2017 senior class, Morehead State football concluded its season with a 21-14 win over Davidson on a windy Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium. The Eagles finish the year with a 4-7 record and a 3-5 mark in the Pioneer Football League, while Davidson ends its season at 2-9 (0-8 PFL).

"Nothing easy," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "I was really proud of the way our kids battled today. Overall, both teams did a really nice job schematically."

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Marist's football team outscored Morehead State 14-0 in the fourth quarter to get a come-from-behind 38-31 victory Saturday.

Marist, which snapped a four-game losing streak, improved to 4-7, 3-4 in the Pioneer Football League. Morehead State fell to 3-7, 2-5 in the PFL

"That was the story of the game, the fourth quarter," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "It was a good football game up to that point - going back-and-forth - seems like our consistency fell apart."

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Behind 4 touchdowns from redshirt junior quarterback Lawson Page and 4 forced turnovers, Morehead State football notched a 29-26 come-from-behind victory over Stetson while celebrating Homecoming weekend on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles advance to 3-5 on the season, with a 2-3 mark in the Pioneer Football League. Stetson falls to 1-4 in the conference, amassing an overall record of 2-6.

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Plagued with a season-high six turnovers, Morehead State football fell to Butler by a score of 44-6 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles drop to 2-4 (1-2 Pioneer Football League) on the season, while the Bulldogs propel to 3-3 (1-2 PFL).

Morehead State relinquished 20 points by way of five fumbles and an interception. Butler capitalized on a sack of Lawson Page on the Eagles' opening drive, as Bulldogs running back Anthony Scaccia punched in the first of two touchdowns on the ground with 9:38 left in the first quarter.

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Along with the Whiteout, Saturday is also Donate Life Day at Morehead State Football, and representatives from the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) will be on hand to distribute information and t-shirts as well as sign up individuals for organ donation.

Morehead State hosts Butler at 1 p.m. ET.

In addition, recipients and family members of organ donors will be honorary game captains. They include Joe Tenyer, father of MSU head coach Rob Tenyer (kidney recipient), Morgan McCalvin (pancreas recipient) and Christina Emory (family member of organ donor).

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Junior wideout Jarin Higginbotham hauled in a pair of touchdown passes Saturday night, but host Austin Peay rolled up 477 rushing yards and defeated the Morehead State Eagles 69-13 at Fortera Stadium.

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If Morehead State and Liberty had just counted the second half Saturday night, then the Eagles would have come away with only a six-point deficit. Unfortunately, the Flames built a 45-10 halftime lead as the 20th-ranked FCS team upended MSU 58-17 at Williams Stadium.

Morehead State slipped to 1-1 with a matchup at Austin Peay on the horizon next Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.