Washburn upends No. 2 Pittsburg St.
Review: No. 3 NW Missouri St. falls while No. 1 Delta St. escapes
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- No. 9 Washburn used a 24-point second quarter while adding 16 more in the fourth quarter en route to a 43-25 win against No. 2 Pittsburg State in Carnie Smith Stadium. It was Washburn's third consecutive win against the Gorillas while jumping into a tie for first place in the MIAA standings.
After neither team scored in the first quarter, the teams erupted for 37-combined points with 21 points coming in a two minute, two second span. After Ryan Mertz put the Ichabods (9-1, 7-1 MIAA) out in front on an 18-yard touchdown reception from Dane Simonau, the Gorillas (8-1, 7-1 MIAA) fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and Washburn recovered. The Ichabod drive stalled and Jeremy Linn hit what would be the first of three field goals on the day from 23-yards out, putting Washburn up 10-0 with 5:53 left in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Pitt State's John Brown returned a 100-yard kickoff for a score pulling the Gorillas with three at 10-7. On the second play of the next Ichabod drive, Washburn fumbled the ball and Paul Robinson returned it 28 yards for a score putting the Gorillas up 13-10 after the extra point attempt was blocked.
The Ichabods scored on the next drive covering 53 yards after Simoneau hit Tore Hurst on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 left in the opening half. After the teams traded drives before the halftime break the Gorillas were driving, but Briceton WIlson fumbled after a hit by Willie Williams and Devon Connors scooped it up and beat Zac Dickey to the corner of the end zone from 52 yards away putting the Ichabods up 24-13 at the break. The second half was just as wild until Cooper put Washburn up 43-25 on a 74-yard touchdown run to wrap up the scoring.
Cooper finished with 159 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Sean McPherson had 70 yards on 15 carries leading the Ichabods to 225 yards on the ground. Simoneau was 25 of 46 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. DeJuan Beard had eight catches for 116 ayrds while Matt Kobbeman had six catches for 68 yards.
Casey Curran had 10 tackles to lead the Ichabods and Jahmil Taylor had nine tackles and a tackle for loss.
Washburn finished the game with 515 total yards while holding the Gorillas to 330 while also racking up 26 first downs. The Ichabods also led in time of possession 36:10 to 23:50.
No. 1 Delta State 36, No. 18 West Alabama 34
CLEVELAND, Miss. -- No.1 Delta State claimed the 2011 Gulf South Conference championship after defeating No. 18 West Alabama 36-34. The win by the Statesmen (9-1, 3-0 GSC), in conjunction with West Georgia's loss to North Alabama, guarantees the Statesmen the outright championship heading into the final weekend of the season.
The Statesmen survived a West Alabama (7-3, 2-2 GSC) comeback, holding off the Tigers late to secure the win. The Tigers hail mary attempt at the end of the game fell short.
Delta State grabbed an early lead with a safety as the Tigers were penalized with an intentional grounding while in the end zone. On the ensuing drive, the Statesmen went up 9-0 when Bill Franks scored an 8-yard touchdown run. Micah Davis had his own 8-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter to put the Statesmen up by 16.
Early in the second quarter, Davis found receiver Chance Dennis for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Dwight Tillman added to the scoring party minutes later, scoring on a 40-yard interception return.
West Alabama got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Matthew Willis scored on a 2-yard run.
Davis connected with Carlton Ollie to start the scoring in the third quarter, putting the Statesmen up 36-7.
West Alabama responded as Willis scored a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs to bring the score to 36-21 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Kyle Caldwell then rushed for a 27-yard touchdown run to bring the score to within eight points.
The Tigers had a chance to tie the game late after Don Smith rushed for an 18-yard score to bring the score to 36-34 before the 2-point conversion attempt. However, the pass fell incomplete.
After the Statesmen recovered the onside kick attempt, they failed to hold on to the ball and were forced to punt. Andrew Jones punted the ball inside the Tigers 3-yard line, forcing West Alabama to go 97 yards with 1:01 remaining.
The Tigers moved to the Statesmen 47-yard line before attempting a hail mary pass with 1.7 seconds remaining.
Missouri Western 31, No. 3 Northwest Missouri State 28
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- No. 3 Northwest Missouri State fell to Missouri Western for the first time since 2003 with a 31-28 setback in MIAA action Saturday at Spratt Stadium.
With the loss, Northwest fell to 8-2 and 6-2 in league play following the second loss to the Griffons this decade on the road. The Griffons improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference and have not lost this season when rushing for more than 200 yards. Missouri Western rushed for 237 in the win.
Neither team was able to score in the fourth quarter as the Bearcats entered the second half with a slim 14-13 lead. Northwest raced out to extend its lead when James Franklin scored the second of two touchdowns on the day from 37-yards out. Franklin broke a tackle at the 29-yard line and raced the rest of the way to pay dirt untouched.
However, Greg Zuerlein booted a 58-yard field goal to close the third quarter giving the Griffons a 31-28 lead. Both teams struggled moving the ball including when Northwest had the ball with first-and-goal from the 3-yard line before it failed to score. Jordan Simmons was denied in the backfield by David Bass as Northwest turned the ball over on downs.
Simmons rushed 13 times for 81 yards while Franklin added 73 yards on 14 carries.
Travis Partridge rushed for more than 100 yards for the first time all season to lead all players with 106 on 18 carries. The MIAA’s leading rusher, Michael Hill broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season adding 81 yards on 30 carries in the win.
No. 4 CSU-Pueblo 41, Western State 3
PUEBLO, Colo. -- The Thunderbowl continued to be friendly to No. 4 CSU-Pueblo as the ThunderWolves were again dominant, rolling to a 41-3 victory against Western State.
The win quietly gave the ThunderWolves at least a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, its first RMAC title since 1980 and just the second in school history. However, nobody associated with the football program is acknowledging that fact, as sights are now turned toward the home regular-season finale against Western New Mexico next weekend, where the Pack can win an outright title with a win.
The ThunderWolves cruised, even without the usual suspects in the backfield. Coaches opted to limit starting tailback Jesse Lewis and sat J.B. Mathews, instead giving the Pack stable of backs, led by senior Jamaal Johnson to carry the load. The rushing game responded with a 171-yard effort, the rock being carried by seven different runners, but the real story offensively was the passing game.
Ross Dausin accounted for four touchdowns -- three passing and one rushing -- in the blowout win.
Johnson led the team on the ground rushing for 58 yards on 18 attempts as the Pack outgained the Mountaineers 468 to 100. The defense also added four sacks on the day to help the Pack cruise to the win.
The defense was dominant, holding the Mountaineers to 100 yards of offense. The run defense was especially tough, holding Western State to six yards on 31 attempts. Western State's only score was on a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter -- just the third time all season the undefeated ThunderWolves had trailed in a game. The three points allowed in the game made for a grand total of just 16 points allowed at home over five games this season.
No. 5 Midwestern State 35, No. 20 West Texas A&M 21
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Brandon Kelsey rushed for three touchdowns to lead fifth-ranked Midwestern State to a 35-21 win against No. 20 West Texas A&M afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Mustangs clinched their first outright Lone Star Conference championship while improving to 9-0 on the season and completing a perfect 8-0 run through the league slate.
Kelsey paced the nation's top-ranked offense to 475 yards as MSU dominated time of possession by a 41:21-18:39 margin.
But it was all about defensive effort. MSU limited the Buffs to 200 yards under their season average at 267 total yards led by senior defensive end Kevin Birdow, who made five tackles, including two sacks, with three quarterback hurries.
The Mustangs' defense found ways with 12 pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries and two sacks to derail West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughn, who finished the game with 252 yards on 20 of 45 passing.
Information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.