Kansas City, Mo. – Several close games highlighted the schedule as just three undefeated teams remain after week eight.
Nebraska-Kearney 28, Southwest Baptist 14
Nebraska-Kearney rolled out 288 yards on the ground as they picked up a win on the road Southwest Baptist. UNK held SBU to just 189 yards in the game only four on the ground as they moved to 3-5 on the season.
For the Lopers Romero Cotton rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown. Luke McNitt rushed for 85 yards and two scores and passed for 98 yards and a touchdown. On defense Tyke Kozeal led the way with 14 tackles and Kellen Werner made nine stops. For the Bearcat offense Jay Dominguez was 14 of 24 for 127 yards and a touchdown. Evan Ray and Zachary Sohn each hauled in touchdown catches. Defensively Shaquille Shedd and Zach Moore had 12 tackles each and Ivan Hodges made 11 stops.
#10 Washburn 44, Lindenwood 35
#10 Washburn had to overcome a halftime deficit to win at home over Lindenwood in a shootout. Trailing 28-24 in the third quarter WU scored 13 straight to move to 8-0 on the year.
For the Ichabods Mitch Buhler was 25 of 39 for 277 yards and five touchdowns. Tore’ Hurst caught two touchdowns passes and Matt Buhler, Matt Kobberman and Vershon more each hauled in one pass for a score. On defense Bryce Atagi and Ryan Macken each made six stops on the afternoon. For the Lions Dillon Miller was 27 of 38 for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Robinson and Sam Sealer each hauled in touchdown catches while Robinson finished with 100 yards and Marvin Byrd added two scores on the ground. On defense Roderick Ryles had nine tackles and forced a fumble.
Central Missouri 51, Northeastern State 7
Central Missouri scored the first 44 points of the game as they picked up a victory at home over Northeastern State. UCM racked up 603 yards of total offense while holding NSU to 215 yards as they moved to 4-4 on the year.
For the Mules LaVance Taylor rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown as Evan Campbell and Kellen Kempf also added scores on the ground. Hayden Hawk was 16 of 33 through the air for two touchdowns. On defense Josh Powell and Alex Perlin each made six stops and Zach Quines had an interception. For the RiverHawks Cory Meaders was 8 of 12 for 93 yards and one touchdown. Prince McJunkins caught seven passes for 83 yards and the lone NSU touchdown. Kyler Harris had a team best 18 tackles and Chandler Barr and Darrain Winston each picked off a pass.
#12 Pittsburg State 34, #4 Missouri Western 14
#12 Pittsburg State rebounded from their first loss of the season by pulling the upset on the road at #4 Missouri Western. MWSU got a touchdown on special teams and racked up 471 yards of offense to move to 7-1 on the year.
For the Gorillas Jeff Seybold carried the ball 24 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Abenoja was 13 of 25 for 191 yards hitting Gavin Lutman three times for a team best 88 yards. Jason Peete blocked a punt and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown and Nate Dreiling made a team best 11 stops. For the Griffons Travis Partridge was 16 of 32 for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Raphael Spencer carried the ball 16 times for 101 yards and Reggie Jordan hauled in two touchdown passes. Defensively Yomi Alli had 15 tackles and Marc Harrison forced a fumble that Sam Brown recovered.
#2 Northwest Missouri 43, Missouri Southern 7
Northwest Missouri used a strong second half to pick up a win at home over Missouri Southern. NWMSU held MSSU to just 221 yards, not allowing a single passing yard to move to 8-0 on the season.
For the Bearcats Brady Bolles was 13 for 20 with 193 yards and one touchdown in the air, also adding a touchdown on the ground. Bill Creason, Kyle Zimmerman, Robert Burton and Bryce Young also added scores on the ground. DJ Gnader led the way on defense with nine total tackles and Eric Reimer made eight stops. For the Lions Chris Barnwell had 16 carries for 104 yards and Ty’Quan Hayes had the lone touchdown on the ground. On defense Gai Washington had 11 total stops and Elijah Swen picked off a pass.
Fort Hays State 45, Lincoln 35
Fort Hays State picked up their fourth straight victory, picking up the win on the road at Lincoln. The two teams racked up 918 yards on the day as FHSU moved to 4-4 on the year.
For the Tigers Treveon Albert was 22 of 34 for 294 yards and three touchdown. Keaton Callins, Bilal Salat and Isaiah Maxi each had touchdown catches and Ed Smith added a score on the ground. On defense Michael Terry had nine tackles and forced a fumble and added an interception. For the Lions Jacob Morris was 19 of 31 for 177 yards and two touchdowns, adding 25 carries for 141 yards and two scores. Morris Henderson had 19 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown and Percy Turner and Andre Borney hauled in scores. On defense Kendrick Causey led the way with 14 stops and Daniel Mande and Treston Pulley each forced fumbles.