PITTSBURG, Kan. — To say the Griffons upset the Gorillas Saturday afternoon would be an understatement. No. 16 Missouri Western used 56 unanswered points to defeat No. 7 Pittsburg State 63-14. Michael Hill ran for 116 yards and Travis Partridge countered with 213 yards through the air. Hill had three scores on the ground and Partridge had four touchdowns.
Pittsburg came out ready on its first drive. After forcing Missouri Western to a 3-and-out, the Gorillas drove 87 yards on 11 plays, and quarterback Anthony Abenoja connected with wide-out John Brown on a 13-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.
Behind 7-0, MWSU faked a reverse to Tarrell Downing and led Hill for an open 48-yard touchdown reception.
The Griffons defense then stopped the Gorillas for the majority of the game after the 7-7 tie. David Bass recorded three sacks, and also scored a touchdown on a tipped pass that ended up in the defensive end’s hands.
The Gorillas ended with game with five turnovers, including three on downs. Brown finished with a game-high 13 grabs and 153 yards with the one score. It was the worst home loss for Pittsburg since a 63-0 loss to Tulsa on Oct. 31, 1914.
|CSU PUEBLO VS. BLACK HILLS STATE|
No. 1 CSU Pueblo45, Black Hills State 13
PUEBLO, Colo. — CSU-Pueblo increased its regular season win streak to 23 games Saturday by knocking off RMAC newcomer Black Hills State 45-13.
The Pack got an early first quarter lead with a 13-play, 91-yard drive on their opening possession, capped off by a six-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Justin Jackson.
Jackson, the fourth different starter this season for the ThunderWolves as running back, took over for last week’s starter Cameron McDondle, who sat out of the game due to a violation of team rules. Jackson played well, rushing for 71 yards on 21 attempts.
“I just wanted to focus on the details and make sure that I executed,” Jackson said. “It is real nice to run behind this offensive line and they help me out a lot. With the offense that we run, I just needed to be patient and wait for the holes to open up.”
No. 2 Winston-Salem State 58, Livingstone 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — No. 2 Winston-Salem State remained unbeaten, and quarterback Kameron Smith passed for a school record seven touchdowns as WSSU shutout the Livingstone Blue Bears 58-0 on homecoming.
Offensively, Brandon McDonald had a career afternoon, as he rushed 14 times for 128 yards, while DeUann Leak added 50 yards on four carries. Brian Baltimore rushed four times for 43 yards; Walter Jones, Jr., four times for 32 yards and a touchdown; and Kameron Smith rushed eight times for 23 yards.
Kameron Smith set a new WSSU school record with seven touchdown passes, as he finished 16 of 24 for 276 yards. DeShean Townsend was three of seven for 25 yards and two interceptions.
Jamal Williams led the WSSU receivers with five catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns, while Jameze Massey finished with three catches for 59 yards and two scores. Jahuann Butler had four catches for 72 yards and two scores, and Kenny Patterson had two catches for 26 yards. Jamie DeGeare added two catches for 25 yards and one touchdown, while Orlando Hatfield (15 yards) and Tehvyn Brantley (8 yards) each snagged two balls.
No. 3 New Haven (Conn.) — Idle
No. 4 Bloomsburg 27, Cheyney 13
CHEYNEY, Pa. — Quarterback Tim Kelly connected twice on scoring passes to Ryan Dickerson to help fourth-ranked Bloomsburg survive a scare and stay unbeaten with a 27-13 win against Cheyney on Saturday in a PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Eastern Division matchup.
Kelly and Dickerson hooked up on scoring passes of 42 and 28 yards to lead the Huskies offense.
Franklyn Quiteh finished the day with 108 yards rushing for Bloomsburg, while Kelly was 7-10 for 110 yards with Dickerson catching six passes for 107 yards. Justin Shirk led the defense with 9.5 tackles, while Ryan Feldman had 8.5 tackles.
No. 5 Northwest Missouri State 38, Missouri Southern 14
JOPLIN, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State hasn’t lost in Missouri Southern’s Fred Hughes Stadium – hasn’t fallen to the Lions anywhere – since 1994, tying the longest chokehold it has put on any Mid-America Athletic Association rival. Saturday was more of the same. The Bearcats got a precisioned passing performance from quarterback Trevor Adams and three rushing touchdowns from James Franklin to put the triple-option-running Lions in an early 14-point hole and roll to a 38-14 victory.
The Bearcats (7-1 overall, 6-1 in the MIAA) continued their push for an eighth berth in the Division II playoffs in as many years.
Scouts from the NFL’s New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks were on hand to get a look at Southern’s two-time All-American tackle and NFL draft pick-in-waiting, Brandon Williams. What they got instead was an early eyeful of Adams who completed 19 of his first 23 passes for 226 yards and a TD – all before the end of the first half.
The Bearcats put together 76- and 62-yard touchdown drives in the second half, eating up time that Southern’s offense needed. The Lions didn’t complete a pass until a little more than four minutes remained, and that was by freshman backup quarterback Jay McDowell for a mere five yards. Their running game, while covering some ground, also suffered six fumbles. Northwest’s lead ballooned to 38-7 before Southern tacked on a touchdown with 2:57 left.
No. 6 Ashland 31, Malone 7
CANTON, Ohio – The Eagles won 31-7 to go 8-0, 7-0 in the GLIAC. This is the first time AU has been 8-0 since 1972.
Give the Pioneers credit for this – they stepped out of character. They did not look like a team that entered this game 1-5. Defensively, they ran to the ball well and offensively, the Pioneers weren’t shy about taking some chances (they ran a fake punt for a first down and called two halfback passes).
AU quarterback Taylor Housewright was able to throw the ball down the field with success (19-of-30, 309 yards) and senior wide receiver Anthony Capasso had five catches for 123 yards. Sophomore tailback Anthony Taylor rushed for a career-high 212 yards on 22 carries (9.6 ypc.) with two touchdowns.
In the first half, AU fumbled twice and lost one of those drops and was penalized four times for 44 yards. The list of infractions included two holding calls and a roughing-the-punter call. The Eagles also gave up a 64-yard touchdown pass with 7:04 left in the first quarter. Malone’s Josh McLaughlin was wide open and hauled in quarterback Will Szpor’s throw. That broke a string of six consecutive scoreless quarters by the AU defense.
No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth 30, Bemidji State 0
It’s been 71 years since Bemidji State last won a football game in Duluth. Minnesota-Duluth added another notch to that lengthy drought on Saturday by blanking the Beavers 30-0 in front of a homecoming game crowd of 5,948.
The seventh ranked Bulldogs used three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Chase Vogler and a two-yard run by Brian Lucas to carry a 28-0 lead into the halftime break. Vogler connected on scoring strikes of 64 (to rookie wide out Justin Fowlkes) and four yards (to senior tight end Ben Helmer) in the the first quarter and then hooked up with sophomore wide out Zach Zweifel on a nine-yard touchdown toss with 9:06 left before the half. He concluded the day with 216 passing yards while connecting on 18 of 26 passes, but was picked off a season-high two times. UMD capped off the scoring on the opening play of the second half when an errant Beaver snap sailed into end zone.
No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato 30, Winona State 20
WINONA, Minn. – The number three was wild Saturday afternoon for ninth-ranked Minnesota State. The Mavericks used three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Jon Wolf – all three to senior wideout Adam Thielen – along with three field goals from junior kicker Sam Brockshus en route to a 30-20 victory against Winona State.
The win pushed MSU’s record to 8-0 on the season, with all eight victories coming in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. This year’s squad now joins the 2009 squad as the only two teams in program history to open with an 8-0 win.
Offensively, Thielen finished the game with ten catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns, marking his fourth career 100-yard game, third of the season and his second in as many weeks. Wolf completed 16-of-23 passes for 224 yards while Connor Thomas led the squad in rushing with 12 carries for 85 yards.
No. 25 Harding 34, No. 10 Ouachita Baptist 14
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The winning formula for 25th-ranked Harding on Saturday was run the ball and stop the run. It equaled a 34-14 road victory against 10th-ranked Ouachita Baptist in Great American Conference play at A.U. Williams Field.
It was Harding’s first road victory against a top-10 team since the Bisons joined the NCAA in 1997.
With the victory, Harding improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Harding, the GAC leader in rushing yards, rolled up 250 rushing yards on 55 carries.
The Bisons completely shut down Ouachita Baptist’s rushing attack that features the GAC’s leading rusher Chris Rycraw. Ouachita Baptist (6-1, 4-1) had only 39 rushing yards on 21 carries, and Rycraw carried only eight times for 18 yards.
The Bisons have won five consecutive games away from home this season, its longest stretch of road victories since winning eight consecutive contests from 1971-73.
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