Sept. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Pittsburg State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University capitalized on a pair of first-quarter turnovers to jump out to a 20-0 lead en route to a 30-10 victory over Pittsburg State University in The Fall Classic at Arrowhead VIII Saturday (Sept. 12).

The seventh-ranked Bearcats (2-1, 1-0 MIAA) turned the two interceptions directly into 14 points against the fourth-ranked Gorillas (2-1, 0-1 MIAA).

Aldwin Foster-Rettig intercepted a John McCoy pass and returned it to the PSU 33 to set up the first score of the game.

Four plays later, LaRon Council plowed into the end zone from a yard out to stake Northwest to a 7-0 lead.

Following a quick three-and-out by the Gorillas, the Bearcats then put together a 10-play, 62-yard drive with Blake Bolles capping the series with a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Kilgore. Joe Schroeder's PAT kick was blocked, leaving the Bearcats with a 13-0 advantage.

Three plays later, Northwest's Marcus Martin intercepted a McCoy pass and returned it 38 yards to make it a 20-0 game with 10 seconds to play in the initial period.

Northwest stretched its margin to 23-0 on a 32-yard field goal by Schroeder with 5:09 to play in the first half.

The Gorillas countered with a late score before the half. McCoy engineered a 13-play, 79-yard drive, running the ball in from 11 yards out to make it 23-7 with 24 seconds left in the half.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

The Pitt State defense halted a pair of Bearcat drives with key interceptions, including a pick by Bryan McMurtrey at the PSU 2 on Northwest's initial drive of the third quarter.

Jared Witter booted a 20-yard field goal for the Gorillas to make it a 23-10 game with 10:59 to play in the gmae. PSU had driven the ball to the Northwest 3, but the drive stalled and the Gorillas elected to kick.

Northwest iced the game with their next series, putting together a 12-play drive that devoured six minutes and 32 seconds of play clock. Bolles tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brian Shannon to effectively end the contest.

Bolles finished the game completed 17 of 28 passes for 193 yards and two scores. He added 42 yards on the ground as well.

Council rushed 19 times for a game-high 99 yards.

McCoy completed 7 of 18 passes for 142 yards with three interceptions. He also rushed 17 times for 64 yards. Terrance Isaac led the Pitt State ground gainers with 17 carries for 76 yards.