Central Missouri 31, #3 Northwest Missouri 21
Central Missouri jumped out to a 24-7 first half lead and held off #3 Northwest Missouri for the 31-21 upset win. The Mules went four for four on red zone chances as they rebounded from a week one loss on the road at Missouri Western.
Colter Smith went 28-44 for 301 yards and four touchdowns hitting Anthon Kirkwood for two of those scores. For the Bearcats Trevor Adams was 28-49 for 335 yards and two touchdowns.
Emporia State 58, Nebraska-Kearney 35
Emporia State scored more than 40 points in their first two games for the first time in school history as they earned a 58-35 victory on the road at Nebraska-Kearney. The Hornets led 41-22 as the game went to halftime and recorded 501 yards of total offense.
Tyler Eckenrode was 30-43 with 367 passing yards and four touchdowns hitting Shjuan Richardson 15 times for 204 yards and three scores. Tyrone Weaver and Josh Taylor scored defensive touchdowns for ESU. For the Lopers four different people threw touchdown passes as Tommy Flanagan, Kevin Romero, Brad Shide and Aric Kaiser all threw for atleast one score.
Lindenwood 35, Southwest Baptist 14
The Lindenwood Lions won their home opener in the MIAA with a 35-14 victory over Southwest Baptist. Lindenwood led 21-14 at the half and scored all of the second half points to earn their second straight victory.
Ben Gomez threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns and Denodus O’Bryant rushed for 86 to lead the Lions. On defense Pierre Desir had two interceptions which he returned for a total of 51 yards one touchdown. For the Bearcats Derwyn Lauderdale caught nine passes for 103 yards and Dan Conner threw for 211 yards and one touchdown.
Missouri Southern 27, Northeastern State 21
Missouri Southern earned their second straight win by less than seven points as they held off Northeastern State for a 27-21 victory. The Lions ran for 327 yards in the game and had only 35 yards through the air as they held of the Riverhawks.
Kellen Cox led all rushers with 108 yards and one touchdown while Bryant Venson ran for 50 yards and a touchdown. For the Riverhawks Johnny Deaton threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
#1 Pittsburg State 35, Central Oklahoma 19
The #1 Gorillas defended their home turf as the knocked off Central Oklahoma 34-19 on the MIAA Television Network game of the week. The PSU defense recorded 10 tackles for a loss and held the Bronchos to only 336 yards of total offense.
On offense for PSU Anthony Abenoja had 296 yards passing and 92 yards on the ground while John Brown rushed for 92 yards and caught seven passes for 127 yards. For UCO Joshua Birmingham carried the ball 19 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.
#14 Missouri Western 56, William Jewell 0
#14 Missouri Western blanked William Jewell 56-0 in the only non-MIAA action of the week. The Griffons racked up 539 yards of total offense while the held the Cardinals to just 211 yards.
Michael Hill rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns on the evening. Travis Partridge threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Weston and Kirk Ressequie picked off passes for MWSU.
#15 Washburn 45, Fort Hays State 25
Washburn took at 42-0 lead into halftime as they rolled to a 45-20 victory on the road at Fort Hays State. The Ichabods held the Tigers to just 246 yards of total offense while they racked up 565 yards.
Mitch Buhler was 15-20 for 252 yards and four touchdowns hitting Mark Fancher for 71 yards and two scores. For FHSU Tarean Austin threw for 131 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for one score.
Truman 42, Lincoln 12
Truman held Lincoln to 289 yards of total offense as they earned a 45-12 win in their home opener. The Bulldogs had 442 yards of total offense as they outscored the Blue Tigers 35-6 in the first half.
Conrad Schottel threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns while Will Mosquera rushed for 74 yards and three scores. For LU Jacob Morris threw for 195 yards and a touchdown.