No. 7 NW Missouri St. Shutout No. 8 Missouri Western
Oct. 2, 2010
Courtesy of Missouri Western
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The 8th ranked Missouri Western Griffons fell 42-0 against the 7th ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in Maryville, Mo. This marks the first time since 1997 that the Griffons have been shutout in a contest. Western fell 17-0 against Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo. on October 25, 1997. This also marks the first time in the series that the Griffons were shut out by the Beracats. Western falls to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in MIAA action.
The Griffons struggled in the first half only managing 138 yards of total offense with 114 coming through the air. Drew Newhart completed 12-of-21 passes for 114 yards with Andrew Mead making three catches for 47 yards.
The Bearcats tallied 213 yards of offense with 134 coming through the air. Northwest scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters taking a 14-0 lead into the half. Blake Bolles connected with Jake Soy from 28 yards out with 3:34 to play in the quarter. The Bearcats took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when Kelvin Austin plunged in from one yard out with 11:17 to play in the half. Western did control the time of possession holding the ball for nearly 19 minutes in the opening half.
The Griffons were shutout in the first half for the first time since October 15, 2005 against Emporia State when they trailed 7-0.
Defensively Jack Long had five tackles and one interception while the Bearcats were led by Willie Horn with six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the frame.
The second half was all Bearcats as they scored 28 points with 21 coming in the third quarter. Northwest took the opening kickoff 95 yards on 13 plays taking the 21-0 lead with 9:12 remaining in the quarter off a Jordan Simmons one yard run.
Westerns offense stumbled in the second frame only gaining 29 yards of offense. Northwest all but sealed the game when Bolles found Soy from 33 yards giving the Bearcats the 28-0 lead. Northwest tacked on two more touchdowns in the game giving them the decisive 42-0 lead. The Bearcats improve to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in MIAA play.
Western finished with 167 yards with 119 coming through the air. Newhart went 14-for-32 with two interceptions. Michael Hill rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards. Long led the charge on defense with nine tackles with five being solo.
Northwest finished with 519 yards with 314 coming through the air and 205 coming on the ground. Bolles completed 20-of-31 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Simmons had 86 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. Soy caught nine passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns while Horn finished with eight tackles with five being solo.