MURRAY, Ky. -- Preston Rice threw two first-half touchdown passes, Jared McCray and Rodney Castille each ran for two more scores and Quinaz Turner returned a first-quarter kickoff 95 yards for a score as Murray State routed in-state, NAIA-rival Pikeville, 59-20 in a season-opener Thursday night.
Pikeville took the opening kick and drove 50 yards in eight plays and Zaniel Phillips connected on a 42-yard field goal to put the Bears up, 3-0, but the Racers took the lead for good on the ensuing kickoff.
Two minutes later Rice found Brion Sanchious from nine-yards out and Gabriel Vicente kicked a 44-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first quarter to put Murray State up, 17-3. McCray scored from the 3 and Jacob Bell pulled in a 38-yard pass from Rice for a 31-3 lead minutes into the second quarter.
Castille had two short touchdown runs in the second half and McCray added a 25-yard dash.
Murray State threw for 216 yards and rushed for another 249. Pikeville managed 199 yards through the air but was held to just 46 yards rushing.
Sources: Jacksonville State to hire Rich Rodriguez as head coach ahead of 2023 FBS move
Rich Rodriguez is set to be hired as the new head coach at Jacksonville State, which earlier this month accepted an invitation to join Conference USA and compete in the FBS beginning in 2023.
Source: Former five-star RB recruit Zach Evans to transfer from TCU Horned Frogs
TCU running back Zach Evans, a former five-star recruit, is planning to enter the transfer portal, a source told ESPN.
Ohio State-Michigan rivalry extends to a bet in the Detroit Red Wings' locker room
Rivalries can divide co-workers, or teammates, and it led to a bet between Michigan native Dylan Larkin and Ohioan Alex Nedeljkovic. When the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes, Nedeljkovic had to don maize and blue.
College football transfer portal tracker: Top players, predictions, analysis, more
More college football players are entering the transfer portal each year. As the season winds down, we will analyze top players as they enter the portal and make new commitments.
Oklahoma Sooners QB Spencer Rattler, preseason Heisman favorite, enters NCAA transfer portal
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, the preseason Heisman favorite who was benched early in the season, announced on Monday that he is entering the transfer portal.
Jackson State University's Deion Sanders named SWAC Coach of the Year; quarterback son is Freshman of the Year
After leading Jackson State to a 10-1 regular season, coach Deion Sanders has been named SWAC Coach of the Year, and his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, takes home SWAC Freshman of the Year honors.