Trevor Wooden ran for a touchdown and threw a scoring pass to lead Missouri State to its first win of the season, 31-17 over Western Illinois Saturday night.
Wooden threw for 190 yards and ran for a team-high 82. He had a 14-yard TD run and a 20-yard pass to Jermaine Saffold for another score. Saffold finished with four receptions for 138 yards.
Jimmie Strong returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown with 2:15 remaining to seal the win. The return was a school record for the Bears (1-7, 1-4 Missouri Valley).
Larry Patterson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and caught a 38-yard pass from Josh Hudson for the only touchdowns for Western Illinois (2-5, 1-3). Hudson was 20 of 34 for 269 yards and two interceptions.