Missouri St. 31, Indiana St. 7
Kirby's touchdown pass gave the junior 37 in his career and moved him into first place in Missouri State history for touchdown passes.
Missouri State (6-4, 4-3 Missouri Valley) scored twice early in the second half, including on its opening drive, to add to its 10-0 halftime lead over Indiana State (1-9, 1-6).
Kirby scored on a 2-yard plunge with 10:52 left in the third quarter.After a Missouri State interception of a Matt Seliger pass, Chris Douglas scored on a 15-yard run with 7:52 left to put Missouri State up 24-0. It was the second Indiana State turnover that led to a Missouri State score.
A field goal by Matt Hottleman in the first quarter and Kirby's 11-yard pass to Jared Emery, after Missouri State recovered an Indiana State fumble, gave the Bears their early 10-0 lead.
Indiana State, who had been shutout four times this season, scored a touchdown with 5:27 left in the game on a 1-yard run by Chris Stutzriem.
Missouri State final score came on a 43-yard run by Douglas with 5:15 left.
Kirby finished with 158 yards passing and also caught a pass from halfback Cadarriu Dotson that was good for 27 yards in the opening drive of the second half.
Douglas finished with 75 yards rushing and Michael Cooper-Falls had 59. Missouri State had 349 yards of offense.
Indiana State's starting quarterback Ryan Roberts, who left the game with an injury in the third quarter after a hard hit, finished with 82 yards. Antoine Brown had 47 yards rushing for the Sycamores.