Top 10 Roundup

No. 6 Missouri Western topples rival Central Missouri

Last Updated - September 6, 2013 10:24 GMT

No. 4 Northwest Missouri State 45, No. 22 Saginaw Valley 24
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The No. 4 Bearcats came away with an impressive 45-24 victory against Saginaw Valley. The Cardinals stopped Northwest in the first possession of the second half. Saginaw then went 74 yards in six plays for a touchdown with a 11:40 left in the third.
Even though the Bearcats still held an 11-point lead, the momentum had clearly shifted to Saginaw. One miscue or poor offensive series and Northwest was looking at a nail biter.
The Bearcats quickly took the suspense out of the game when senior quarterback Trevor Adams tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to senior Clint Utter.
It took Northwest less than two minutes to regain an 18-point lead. Adams completed 15 of 20 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. Utter caught four passes for 160 yards.
“I’m very proud of our kids effort,” Northwest head coach Adam Dorrel said.”We put a lot of preparation in this first game and it started in spring practice. I’d also like to thank our strength and conditioning coach. I try to give Joe Quinlin the game ball but he had already left. I thought our kids’ conditioning took over in the second, third and fourth quarters. That is a testament to our kids’ work ethic.”
Northwest led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and was clinging to a 21-17 lead with just under five minutes left in the second quarter.
With 2:32 left in the second quarter, junior running back Robert Burton scored his second touchdown of game on a 13-yard run that gave the Bearcats a 28-17 lead.
And just before the second quarter ended, the biggest play of the half occurred for the Bearcats when senior defensive back Brandon Dixon recovered a fumble and raced 70 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds before halftime.
UNC Pembroke 25, No. 5 Winston Salem State 21 Highlights
PEMBROKE, N.C. – Fifth-ranked Winston-Salem State scored 21 unanswered points to take a 21-12 advantage with 4:24 left in the third quarter, but UNC Pembroke used a game-changing interception return for touchdown by Mike Lawrence and took the lead for good on a 22-yard field goal by Connor Haskins four minutes later en route to a 25-21 win against the Rams on Thursday evening at Grace P. Johnson Stadium.
The win gave the Braves (1-0) their first win against a top-10 opponent, while also helping the Black & Gold snap a three-game losing streak to get on the board against their region nemesis. The setback ended a 20-game regular season win streak for the Rams (0-1) who had not dropped a regular season outing since a 31-27 loss to Shaw on Oct. 30, 2010.
The game, which attracted a stadium record 7,948 fans, was played in front of a live national television audience on CBS Sports Network as NCAA Division II’s “Game of the Week”.
“I am so proud of our guys. This is the first step in what we are trying to accomplish,” said UNCP head coach Pete Shinnick. “You saw a football team out there tonight that played really well together. Winston-Salem State always seems to have an answer, and they couldn’t tonight. That’s a great credit to our defense.”
Senior Luke Charles finished the outing with a modest 218 yards on 24-of-39 passing, while Elliott Powell finished his night with 75 yards on 16 carries. Jason Perry led the receiving corps with 59 yards on four catches, with senior Te’vell Williams hauling in eight of Charles’s passes for 46 yards. Haskins did his part as well, completing the night with a trio of field goals, including a 44-yarder midway through the fourth quarter that provided the game’s final points.
But this night belonged to UNCP’s stop troops. The Black & Gold held WSSU to just 91 rushing yards on 36 carries, while also recording 11 tackles for loss (-36 yards) and forcing three turnovers. Special teams was also a plus on the night, especially in the first quarter when Rakeem Overby returned a punt 55 yards and newcomer George Whigham followed with a 69-yard kickoff return later in the period.
No. 6 Missouri Western State 26, Central Missouri 23
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Central Missouri dropped their season-opener 26-23 to sixth-ranked Missouri Western on Thursday. The Griffons scored the game-winning touchdown with just 14 seconds left.
The Mules (0-1, 0-1 MIAA) had rallied to take the lead 23-20 on a 15-yard strike from Hayden Hawk to Cullen Rosine on 4th-and-5 with 4:32 to play in the game.
The Mules struck first taking the opening kickoff 43 yards in 10 plays capped off by a 42-yard field goal from Zach Gebhardt. The big play on the drive took place when Hawk hit Tristan McClelland for 22 yards to the Griffon 31 yard line on third and 10.
After a couple of stalled drives by both teams UCM got the ball back on its own 14 yard line. On the third play of the drive Hawk hit Anthony Kirkwood, who broke a tackle and scampered 73 yards to the endzone for the touchdown. The extra point was no good and the Mules led 9-0.
The Griffons (1-0, 1-0 MIAA) responded on their next drive covering 70 yards in nine plays to get on the board. Raphael Spencer ran it in from 11 yards out to pull MWSU to within a pair at 9-7.
The second half started just like the first half ended with both defenses dictating the game. After a UCM three-and-out the Griffons got the ball back on their own 22. On third and eight Travis Partridge’s pass was intercepted by Tevin Teamer, who took it back 30 yards for a UCM touchdown and a 16-7 Mule lead.
Missouri Western answered back with a three-play, 72-yard drive capped by a 55-yard touchdown from Partridge to Stephon Weaver to pull the Griffons within 16-13.
Facing a third down and six to start the fourth quarter, Partridge found Derek Libby for a 56-yard touchdown to give the Griffons their first lead of the night at 20-16.
The Mules put together a 14-play, 53-yard drive to get the lead back. UCM converted three fourth downs on the drive, including the touchdown from Hawk to Rosine.