MARYVILLE, Mo. — What had the look of a heavyweight bout quickly turned into a Northwest Missouri State rout as the Bearcats coasted to a 52-28 Homecoming victory against Washburn on Saturday afternoon.
Northwest outscored the Ichabods 35-14 in the second half as they improved to 7-1 on the year and 5-1 in MIAA play. The win snapped an 11-game winning streak for Washburn who fell to 7-1 and 5-1 in league play.
Blake Christopher returned after missing the last two games to throw for over 400 yards and became the 11th quarterback to win the Don Black Homecoming MVP Award completing 29-of-37 passes. He also led the Bearcats in rushing with 79-yards on 12 carries.
The Bearcat defense would swarm the Ichabod quarterback for three sacks and one interception as Northwest controlled the second half. Northwest was led by seniors, Josh Lorenson and Aaron Terry as the front four limited the Ichabod running game to only 70 yards.
Northwest dominated the time of possession by nearly 15 minutes controlling the clock as James Franklin rushed 17 times for 59 yards and three scores to help put the game out of reach. Franklin scored three times all coming in the second half.
No. 2 Bloomsburg 55, West Chester 42
WEST CHESTER — Bloomsburg used the biggest rally in Division II history to beat West Chester (4-4, 3-2 PSAC East) on Saturday by a score of 55-42. The Huskies (8-0, 5-0 PSAC East) trailed 35-0 with 10:29 to go in the second period, but then scored the next 55 points to spoil homecoming for the Golden Rams.
The rally from 35 points down is the biggest rally in Division II history topping the 29-point deficit Chadron State had against Abilene Christian in 2007 and equals the biggest in all of college football when Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern.
For the first 19 minutes of the game it was all West Chester as the Golden Rams moved up and down the field on the Huskies defense getting over 300 yards of offense in that time.
Statistically Bloomsburg finished with 514 yards of total offense compared with 421 for the Golden Rams. Franklyn Quiteh had his best rushing day of the season carrying 25 times for 190 yards and two scores. He also caught two passes for 47 yards. Eddie Mateo just missed a 100-yard day getting 99 yards rushing with a score and adding a 25 yard reception for a score.
Defensively, Jarrett Pidgeon had another double digit tackle day with 11 stops and two pass breakups.
The 55 points for BU were the most ever for the Huskies against West Chester.
No. 4 Pittsburg State 38, Central Missouri 17
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Zac Dickey rushed for a pair of touchdowns and passed for two more scores to lead No. 4 Pitt State to a 38-17 road win against Central Missouri Saturday (Oct. 22) at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
The win helped the unbeaten Gorillas improve to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, while the Mules fell to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA.
Pitt State scored 17 unanswered first-half points to turn a 7-3 margin into a 24-3 halftime margin. The Gorillas piled up 239 rushing yards in the first half and finished the game with 366 yards on the ground.
Pitt State limited the Mules to 111 rushing yards and just 292 total yards in the contest, with 59 yards coming on UCM’s final cosmetic score with 3:26 remaining in the game. The Gorillas harrassed UCM quarterback Tommy Corwin into 17 of 39 passing in the contest. Jamar Howard, who came into the contest averaging 124.5 receiving yards per game, did not make a catch.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.
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