Box Score

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri snapped a nine-game losing streak to Northwest Missouri State with a 31-21 win against the third-ranked Bearcats on Saturday afternoon at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field.

The Mules jumped on top 31-7 against the third-ranked team in the country and held off a late NWMSU rally to notch their first win in the series since Sept. 20, 2003.

First Downs 23 20
Turnovers 2 1
Total Offense 415 421

The Mules (1-1, 1-1 MIAA) struck first on their third drive of the game. Faced with a third and four from their own 38 yard line Colter Smith hit LaVance Taylor in the flat and he outraced everyone 62 yards to the endzone for a touchdown and UCM led 7-0.

Smith finished the game 28-of-44 for 301 yards with four touchdowns and one INT. Taylor rushed 22 times for 87 yards. Ronrei Lloyd  had five catches for 61 yards.

Defensively, Joe Carter was spectacular for UCM with a career-high 13 tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception. Green had nine stops and an INT. Evan Knight also had nine stops and a tackle for loss.

Adams was 28-of-49 for 335 yards and two scores for the Bearcats, but threw two costly interceptions. Franklin rushed 18 times for 51 yards and the Mules held NWMSU to 80 yards on 35 rushes. Young had 11 catches for 163 yards and a score as well.

The win gave the Mules their first win against a top-five opponent since beating No. 2 Abilene Christian in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

No.1 Pittsburg State 34, Central Oklahoma 19
PITTSBURG -- Tony Abenoja tossed a touchdown pass and ran for another two scores to help lead No. 1 Pittsburg State to a 34-19 victory against Central Oklahoma Saturday before a the second-largest crowd in Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium history.

The Gorillas built a 24-7 halftime lead over the Bronchos then held off a second-half rally by the MIAA newcomer.

Abenoja completed 21 of 32 passes for 296 yards. He tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Argabright on the Gorillas' first offensive possession to stake Pitt State to a 7-0 lead.

After Connor Frazell extended the Gorillas lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal, Abenoja made it a 17-0 game with an 18-yard scoring run with 13:46 remaining in the second quarter.

UCO countered with a 10 yard pass from Adrian Nelson to Derrick Ingram 44 second later to draw back within 10 points, at 17-7.

Briceton Wilson, who rushed the ball nine times for a team-leading 108 yards, added a 14-yard touchdown jaunt with 4:05 to play in the second period, leaping a UCO defender at the Broncos' seven yard line and scooting into the end zone.


No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 38, Winona State 16

DULUTH, Minn. -- Immediately after Winona State took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and had, to that point, controlled both sides of line of scrimmage, Aaron Roth took the ensuing the kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and UMD never trailed after that, en route to a 38-16 victory in its 2012 home opener.

An overflow crowd of 5,055 at James S. Malosky Stadium saw the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs move to 2-0 on the year and extend their NSIC home winning streak to 35 games -- a run which dates back to the 2000 season. It was also UMD's fifth consecutive triumph against their long-time intrastate rivals, who are now 1-1 overall.

Besides registering his first collegiate kick return touchdown, Roth also finished with a game-high five receptions for 67 yards and another score while sophomore running back Austin Sikorski paced the Bulldogs' ground attack with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.The Bulldogs held a 282-72 advantage in rushing yards and limited  2012 NSIC South Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Rayon Simmons to just 87 yards overall (on 21 rushes), including a mere 20 in the second half.

Tarleton State 20, No. 4 Midwestern State 17
STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The Tarleton Texans opened up their 2012 campaign against the No. 4 team  and ended it in dramatic fashion with a nail-biting 20-17 victory against Midwestern State Saturday night.

Marquis Wadley picked off a Brandon Kelsey pass with 47 seconds remaining in the game as the Mustangs marched down the field. The pick ended MSU’s chances as Tarleton escaped with a three-point victory over the No. 4 Mustangs.

Midwestern started off with the ball, but a stout Tarleton defense held them to just 20 yards on five plays.

 The Texans ran down the field with a 13-play 46 yard drive that took 5:39 off the clock. MSU held Tarleton to a field goal attempt, but Isaac Arellano’s 35-yard kick went wide left. The game was left scoreless through the first 15 minutes of play.

Ashland 7, No. 5 Wayne State (Mich.) 0
ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Eagle defense locked down its side of the field in a 7-0 win against fifth-ranked Wayne State. The victory was AU's second against a Warrior team that was ranked in the top-10.

The game's only touchdown came off a WSU miscue. Mohner was intercepted on the first two WSU drives. The first pick, by defensive back Brian Gamble, came at the WSU 7 yardline. That set up a 4-yard scoring pass from quarterback Taylor Housewright to sophomore tailback Jordan McCune on a third-and-goal play. The score came with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter.  Freshman Greg Gallaway's extra point made it 7-0.

CSU-Pueblo won on the road.

No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo 41, Northwestern Oklahoma 24

ALVA, Okla. -- The ThunderWolves learned a valuable lesson in preparing for each and every opponent as it pulled out a 41-24 win against Northwestern Oklahoma.

The Pack started off with a solid first half, driving into Northwestern Oklahoma territory on each of their first five possessions. The opening drive ended badly as the CSU Pueblo failed to convert on a 4th down in Ranger territory, turning away the Pack's first key scoring opportunity.

They responded with three consecutive touchdown drives. The first came on a touchdown toss from Ross Dausin to Deontrae Cooper in the first quarter. The Pack followed that up with another drive for a score as Dausin hit Josh Sandoval from 12 yards out to take a 14-0 lead.

The Pack ran it to 20-0 after tailback Chris Ashe plunged the ball in for a score from a 1-yard out midway through the second quarter.

No. 7 Grand Valley State 83, Notre Dame (Ohio) 46
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The first game at the newly-renovated Lubbers Stadium provided charged offenses, resulting in an 83-46 victory for seventh-ranked Grand Valley State.

Saturday's game against Notre Dame provided a considerable larger amount of offense as the Lakers scored the second-most points in school history and the two teams combined for 129 points, the most ever combined in a game in school history.

It only took the Lakers 1:18 to get on the board in the 2012 home opener as sophomore Chris Robinson plunged in from two yards out, giving GVSU a 7-0 lead early in the first.

No. 8 Winston-Salem State 30, Concord 22
ATHENS, W. Va. -- Concord cut into a 16-point deficit at the half, but it wasn't quite enough to knock off eighth-ranked Winston-Salem State Saturday as the Rams defeated the Mountain Lions 30-22 at Callaghan Stadium.

Concord falls to 1-1 on the season while Winston-Salem improves to 2-0.

Winston-Salem State was led by quarterback Kameron Smith who threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 completions.

Senior quarterback Zack Grossi went 23-for-39 for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat. Three Concord wide receivers had at least six catches on the day with senior Ansel Ponder leading the way with a seven-reception day. Ponder finished the game with 117 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Ryan Stewart and senior Randall Hawkins both hauled in six catches, finishing with 59 and 49 yards respectively.

No. 24 Texas A&M-Kingsville 16, No. 9 Abilene Christian 13
ABILENE, Texas – Texas A&M-Kingsville will find itself climbing up the rankings this week as the Javelinas (2-0) snapped an eight-game losing streak to Abilene Christian with a 16-13 victory against the ninth-ranked Wildcats.

Down 6-0, the Javelina defense spurred the comeback with a stifling defensive effort allowing 224 total yards in the game. They allowed just three yards of offense and no first downs to the Wildcats in the second and third quarters.

Meanwhile, the offense overcame some costly penalties to put 16 unanswered points on the board. They led 16-6 early in the fourth quarter on Matt Stoll’s third field goal of the game with 14:57 remaining.

ACU tried to rally as Darrell Cantu-Harkless scored on a 65-yard end around 12 seconds later. The extra point made the score 16-13. The score was set up by the kickoff going out of bounds.


No. 10 California (Pa.) 48, No. 11 Kutztown, 45

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The No. 10 Vulcans scored the first 27 points of the game Saturday night and twice scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final five minutes of the game to secure a 48-45 victory against No. 11 Kutztown at University Field.

With the win, California (Pa.) opens the year at 2-0 with both victories coming against nationally-ranked opponents and defending-conference champions. Meanwhile, Kutztown falls to 1-1 this year after winning the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title in school history.

Quarterback Peter Lalich registered his fifth career 300-yard game and established a career high on Saturday with 398 passing yards, which ranks as the fifth-highest single-game in school history. He tied his career high with 30 completions and eclipsed the single-game school record with 59 attempts, breaking the mark of 57 set by Sam Mannery in 1990. Lalich accounted for three touchdowns in the win, including a rushing score in the second quarter.

Running back Lamont Smith led all players with 109 rushing yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts, marking his 13th career 100-yard game. Jeff Knox, Jr. rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the fourth time in his career and Cody Cook added 46 yards and one score on 10 carries.

Mike Williams led the team with 138 receiving yards on nine catches, both career highs. Tight end Blake Williamson tied his career high in receptions with seven for 61 yards, while Kowan Scott finished with four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.