ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A pair of huge defensive plays helped solidify a 31-30 upset win for Missouri Southern against No. 4 Missouri Western.

Southern (5-2, 4-2 MIAA) defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since the 2009 season when the Lions defeated then-No. 12 Missouri Western in St. Joseph.

The Griffons (6-1, 5-1 MIAA) lost for the first time this season despite having nearly 120 more yards in offense than the Lions.

Southern had 237 yards on the ground and 137 in the air for 374 in the game. Western had 493 yards overall, but four penalties for a big 52 yards doomed the Griffons. The Lions controlled the ball, with a 34-25 minute time of possession advantage.

Ryant Venson had five carries for 91 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Defensively, Aaron Hall led the Lions with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, while Demond Horsley had seven stops of his own. Brandon Williams had six stops and two behind the line of scrimmage, while Rodgers had five tackles, three for a loss, a sack and a huge interception to end the game.

No. 7 Northwest Missouri State 31, No. 1 Pittsburg State 21
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quarterback Trevor Adams threw for two touchdowns, James Franklin ran for two more and the defense stepped up with a succession of big second-half plays as the Bearcats defeated Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Pittsburg State 31-21 in their annual Fall Classic in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

Northwest Missouri State trailed 7-0 at the half, then 14-0 when PSU’s Anthony Abenoja hit Luke Rampy with a 14-yard TD pass on the opening series of the second half.

Adams completed the first nine passes he threw in the third quarter, starting a game-turning run of 31 points by the Bearcats.

Franklin finished with 115 yards rushing on 20 carries. Adams threw for a total of 192 yards, completing 17 of 30 passes and overcoming a couple of first-half interceptions.

No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo 35, Colorado School of Mines 21
GOLDEN, Colo. -- No. 2 Colorado State-Pueblo again rallied from a huge deficit, dominating the second half in claiming a 35-21 win against Colorado School of Mines.

The win gives puts the second-ranked Pack out to 7-0 on the season and delivers the program's first win against Mines in Golden since 1982.

The game was simply a tale of two halves, beginning with a first half that was all Orediggers. After taking the opening kick, the nation's leading passer, Matt Brown, methodically drove Mines down the field in a 16-play, 84-yard drive consisting largely of slant passes to put the Orediggers up 7-0.

Later in the first quarter, the ThunderWolves gave Mines a golden opportunity when Ross Dausin fumbled on a quarterback keeper at their own 21-yard-line, giving the Orediggers the ball and setting up their second touchdown, and suddenly the Orediggers were up 14-0.

The prolific Mines offense, which entered the game leading the nation in passing offense with 447 yards per game and was second in total offense at over 550 yards per game, was held to just 87 yards of total offense in the second half.

On the offensive side of the ball, the ThunderWolves also woke up, gaining 379 yards of offense as it scored 25 points in the third quarter to turn a 21-10 deficit into a 35-21 lead.

Cameron McDondle, the Pack's third-string running back who was forced into duty after injuries to the Pack's top two backs, showed the RMAC that the ThunderWolves have three starting tailback options as he gashed Mines for 183 yards on 37 carries, scoring a goal-line touchdown in the third quarter. His 183 yards set a school record for most rushing yards in a single game by a freshman in school history.

The third quarter also brought two long touchdown strikes, the first going to Roger Pfannenschmid on a 34-yard toss, and the second to Marcial Williamson on a 45-yarder.  Williamson, who logged two 40-plus-yard catches in the game, went for 119 yards, a personal best and also the most receiving yards in a single game by a ThunderWolf since the program restarted in 2008.

No. 3 Winston-Salem State 56, St. Augustine's 37
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Teddy Bacote passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Tyron Laughinghouse scored two touchdowns for Saint Augustine's, but third-ranked Winston-Salem State scored 28 consecutive points between the second and third quarters to topple the Falcons 56-37 in a key CIAA matchup at Bowman Gray Stadium.

The loss hurt the Falcons' (4-3 overall, 2-2 CIAA) chances of winning the Southern Division and reaching the CIAA title game. They are two games behind the unbeaten Rams (7-0 overall, 4-0 CIAA), with three games to go in the regular season. The 56 points are the most the Falcons have allowed in a game since 2009.

The Falcons trailed 21-19 early in the second quarter after Laughinghouse scored his second touchdown on an eight-yard catch from Bacote. The Rams responded with four consecutive touchdowns, including two by Ricky Rozier, to push their lead to 49-19 early in the third quarter.

Bacote, who started despite suffering an injury against Livingstone last weekend, completed 18 of 33 passes for 174 yards for the Falcons, who finished with 254 offensive yards. He had two interceptions in addition to his two scoring passes and touchdown run. Laughinghouse totaled 179 all-purpose yards including an 82-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He has three touchdowns on kick returns this season.

The Rams accumulated 455 yards of offense. Kameron Smith completed 21 of 31 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Jahuann Butler grabbed eight passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 5 New Haven 17, Bentley 13
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Bentley junior quarterback Danny Guadagnoli threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough as No. 5 New Haven held off the Falcons 17-13 in front of a crowd of more than 3,500.

It was the 13th consecutive conference win for the Chargers, who improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the NE-10. Bentley, which just missed out on last week's top 25, saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end with the Falcons dipping to 5-1 overall and 4-1 conference.

Both teams entered the contest ranked in the top ten in Division II in most defensive categories, and it was the defenses that controlled the game most of the time. First downs matched the final score, and New Haven finished with a 288-199 advantage in total offense.

Guadagnoli finished 24 of 38 for 193 yards and no interceptions, with Hill and senior Sean Cross both catching seven balls. The Falcons never got anything going on the ground, finishing with just six net rushing yards.

UNH's Ronnie Nelson was 12 of 22 for 114 yards, and he also ran for 34 of his team's 174 rushing yards. Jones led the Chargers in rushing with 66 yards on 12 carries, and junior Mike DeCaro followed with 11 for 58.

No. 6 Bloomsburg 48, East Stroudsburg 27
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Franklyn Quiteh rushed 43 times for 282 yards and three touchdowns to lead sixth-ranked Bloomsburg to a 48-27 win against East Stroudsburg on Saturday in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division play.

Quiteh's carries and total yards were a career-high for the junior.  He scored on runs of 1, 40, and 20 yards to help the Huskies (7-0 overall, 4-0 PSAC East) remain unbeaten.  BU has now defeated the Warriors (3-3, 2-2) seven straight years.

The Huskies have scored 30 or more points in each of their seven victories this season, setting the school record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season.  The previous record was set the final six games of 2000.

Bloomsburg totaled 603 yards Saturday, the most since it put up 685 against Kutztown in 2010.  Redshirt freshman quarterback Tim Kelly threw for a career-high 267 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.  Kelly had touchdown passes of 5, 37, 68 and 72 yards on the day.

The last time a BU quarterback threw four touchdown passes was Dan Latorre's four against West Chester in 2007.

No. 8 Ashland 30, Walsh 0
ASHLAND, Ohio -- No. 8 Ashland whitewashed Walsh 30-0 on Saturday. The Eagles are 7-0 (6-0 GLIAC) for the first time since 1991. They have shut out two opponents in a season for the first time since 1993. Walsh had seven first downs, 60 yards rushing, 56 yards passing and 116 yards of total offense.

That rushing total allowed is AU's best since Indianapolis rushed for 16 yards on Oct. 31, 2009. The passing yards allowed is the lowest since Northwood threw for 51 yards on Oct. 1, 2011. The total yards figure dates back to before 1994 when the statistics became computerized. The Eagles have played six consecutive quarters without allowing a point. In the last six quarters they have permitted eight first downs.

AU's first shutout this season was a 7-0 win against Wayne State (Mich.). The last defense to pitch two or more shutouts in a season was the 1993 unit which had four.

Walsh only had nine possessions. The Cavaliers (2-5/1-5 GLIAC) had five three-and-out series and two more possessions that lasted five plays. Their best drive of the afternoon went 12 plays and accounted for 51 yards.

No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 44, Minot State 6
MINOT, S.D. -- No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth, behind a pair of rushing touchdowns from running backs Brian Lucas and Logan Lauters, overwhelmed Minot State 44-6 in the initial confrontation between the two clubs. The victory, which came in front of a sun-splashed crowd of 1,831 at Herb Parker Stadium, pushed UMD to 6-1 on the year and kept the Bulldogs within a game of league-leading Minnesota State-Mankato in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title chase.

After being forced to punt on their opening possession, the Bulldogs proceeded to score a touchdown, including two by Lucas, in each of their ensuing four series to go up 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs finished with 288 yards on the ground -- more than a third of which was generated by Austin Sikorski. The sophomore running back eclipsed the 100-yard rushing barrier for the fourth time as a collegian, running nine times for 106 yards and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Chase Vogler completed in 10 of 19 passes for 202 yards in the triumph, UMD's 30th in its last 33 games away from home.

Freshman inside linebacker Brent Stiglich came off the bench to figure in on a team-high 10 total tackles while junior strong safety Travis Nordhus was credited with eight stops for the Bulldogs, who came into the day sporting the fourth-highest scoring offense (just over 48 points per game).


No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato 34, Southwest Minnesota State 31 (2OT)
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato junior kicker Sam Brockhsus booted a 20-yard field goal in the second overtime to propel the tenth-ranked Mavericks to a 34-31 double-overtime victory against Southwest Minnesota State in front of 3,162 fans in Blakeslee Stadium.

The game marked the first overtime game for Minnesota State since it fell to Hillsdale 27-24 in the NCAA tournament on Nov. 14, 2009.

Trailing 24-10 with seven minutes and 36 seconds left in the game Minnesota State junior quarterback Jon Wolf engineered two scoring drives to seal the win.

Adam Thielen finished the game for Minnesota State with 11 catches for a career-high 167 yards and a touchdown while wolf went 16-of-25 for 239 yards and a score. Andy Pfeiffer accounted for 12 carries and 70 yards of rushing punching in two touchdowns.

The Maverick defense was paced by senior defensive end Earl Brooks and senior linebacker Marcus Hall-Oliver each of which had eight stops.