JOPLIN, Mo. — Top-ranked Northwest Missouri State moved to 2-0 on the season with a 40-14 victory against Missouri Southern State on Thursday night at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
The Bearcats scored 20 unanswered points to capture the victory. Brady Bolles and Phil Jackson II each found the end zone on the ground twice. Bolles also completed 19-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
Jackson had 15 carries for 86 yards and two scores. He was not stopped for a loss all game.
Bolles completed passes to nine different receivers led by Bryce Young, Jason Jozaites and Korey Jackson with four each. TJ Schieber and Jacob Vollstedt each had touchdown catches from Bolles in the first half.
Kyle Goodburn was called upon to punt four times. He averaged 50.8 yards per kick and placed two fourth-quarter kicks at the MSSU 2 and 3-yard lines.
Eric Reimer had a team-high 10 tackles and recorded the lone Bearcat sack. He had 2.0 tackles for loss for eight yards. Kevin Berg and D.J. Gnader each recorded interceptions in the game.
Northwest racked up 383 yards of total offense, 212 yards in the air and 171 on the ground. Defensively, Northwest allowed just 177 yards of rushing to last year’s MIAA team rushing leader. For the second consecutive year, the Lions did not gain a yard through the air on the Bearcats. MSSU attempted five passes with two interceptions.
Northwest was 9-for-14 on third down conversions and held MSSU to just 4-of-12. The Bearcats had 11 tackles for loss on the day.
No. 8 Pittsburg State 38, Lindenwood 7
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Quarterback Anthony Abenoja passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns to lead eighth-ranked Pittsburg State to a 38-7 victory against Lindenwood on Thursday at Hunter Stadium.
The Gorillas (2-0, 2-0 MIAA) claimed their 15th consecutive road victory dating back to the 2010 season, while handing the Lions (1-1, 1-1 MIAA) their first home-opening loss in 12 years.
Abenoja, who became Pitt State’s all-time passing yardage leader on the Gorillas’ opening drive of the game, tossed touchdown passes of 18 yards to Jeff Seybold, 14 yards to Gavin Lutman and 11 yards to Marquise Cushon.
Deron Washington added a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Gorillas, turning a potential Lions score into a pick six.
Ramsey Hamilton also scored on a four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Frazell booted a 24-yard field goal – his school record 14th consecutive make – early in the first period. Frazell’s streak ended with a 46-yard miss as time expired in the first half.
The Lions, who were limited to 189 yards of total offense in the game, ended the Gorillas’ bid for a second consecutive shutout on Stephen Kaiser’s 14-yard run with 3:01 to play against the Pitt State reserves.
Cushon caught five passes for a career high 140 yards, all in the first half. He also returned a pair of punts 73 yards to finish the game with 213 all-purpose yards.