November 3, 2012- Tyler Eckenrode broke the Hornets single season passing record, but it was not enough as #4 Northwest Missouri defeated #20 Emporia State 55-10 on Saturday in Maryville, Mo. The senior from Houston now has 3,075 yards on the season.
The Hornet defense held the Bearcats on downs on the opening possession of the game and then took a 3-0 lead on Eli Kuhns 42 yard field goal with 6:49 left in the first quarter. Jordan Simmons then returned the ensuing kick-off 85 yards to put Northwest Missouri up 7-3 with 6:34 left. They would go up 14-3 on a one yard touchdown run by Simmons with 2:06 left in the quarter.
Todd Adolf hit the first of two field goals with 12:07 left in the second quarter to give NWMSU a 17-3 lead. James Franklin then scored a pair of touchdowns within 2:28 of each other to put the Bearcats ahead 31-3. Simmons scored on another one yard run with 36.6 seconds left in the half to send the teams to the locker rooms with NWMSU leading 38-3.
Northwest got the second Adolf field goal, this one from 45 yards out, to go up 41-3 with 10:25 left in the third quarter. Emporia State drove to the NWMSU four yard line on the ensuing drive before Eckenrode was intercepted in the endzone to end the scoring threat. The Bearcats then went 80 yards in eight plays to take a 48-3 lead on Simmons third touchdown run of the day.
Ray Ray Davis scored on a direct snap from center with 1:04 left in the third quarter that capped a five play, 75 yard drive. Eckenrode was three for three for 70 yards on the drive. Northwest would add a final score on a one yard run by Denver Lohnes with 1:26 left in the game.
Eckenrode ended the day 21 of 34 for 267 yards. He connected with eight different receivers led by Ray Ray Davis with nine catches for 138 yards. Josh Taylor led the Emporia State defense with 15 tackles while Chris Poston added five solo stops and his third interception of the season.
Emporia State is back in action on Saturday, November 10 when they travel to Topeka for the 109th edition of the Turnpike Tussle with Washburn. The most played active rivalry in NCAA Division II is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. from Yaeger Stadium at Moore Bowl.
With losses by Washburn and Pittsburg State, Emporia State at 8-2 in conference action is currently alone in third place in the MIAA behind NWMSU and Missouri Western. With a win at Washburn next week, the Hornets would be tied with the loser of the NWMSU-MWSU game for second in the MIAA.
Eckenrode moved into tenth place on the MIAA career passing chart, moving past Central Missouri’s Paul Kaiser. Eckenrode now has 7,364 yards and is one yard behind Northwest Missouri’s Josh Lamberson for ninth place.
Eckenrode has 3,075 passing yards on the season to pass Tad Hatfield (3,068 in 2004) for first on the Emporia State single season chart.
Emporia State and Washburn are tied in the all-time series at 51-51-6.