The SBU Bearcats lost to the Pitt State Gorillas 42-23, on a windy Saturday at Plaster Stadium. In the fourth quarter, SBU’s WR Nick Smart broke the MIAA single-season record for receptions in a season. The record had been previously held by Emporia’s J. J. Richard (97). Smart caught 17 passes for 159 yards. He entered the game with 85 receptions, and now stands at 102, only 18 away from the Division II record of 119 (set by West Texas A&M’s Brad Bailey in 1994).
Northwest got a season-high six sacks from its defense and stopped a late drive to beat Fort Hays State, 17-10, Saturday at Lewis Field. It was the Bearcats first trip to Hays since 1979. Northwest remains one game ahead of Washburn, who visits Maryville next weekend.
Xavier Omon extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard efforts to 12 games and became the seventh player in Divison II history to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons. He carried 27 times for 151 yards and scored his 19 th and 20 th touchdowns of the season. He’s tied the program’s regular season mark for touchdowns scored during the regular season.
Josh Mathews threw for a game-high 161 yards but was intercepted twice. The Bearcats committed three turnovers on the day and committed 10 penalties for 85 yards. Northwest had a 51-yard touchdown pass called back in the first half and a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown wiped out by penalties.
The Missouri Western Griffons went into Emporia, Kansas and dominated the Hornets as they won 52-21. The Griffon are the third team since 1996 to score 50 plus points against Emporia State, with other two teams being Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri State. The last time the Griffons scored more then fifty points was in 2000 when they defeated Missouri-Rolla 63-0.
Senior defensive end Dallas Bryant came around the edge and blocked a game-tying extra point attempt with 1:39 remaining to help the Central Missouri Mules stave off the Missouri Southern Lions on Saturday by a 24-23 margin at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field.