Missouri Western’s deepest run into the NCAA Division II playoffs ended Saturday.
The Kansas City Star
The Griffons couldn’t overcome three interceptions, including two inside their opponent’s 25, losing 17-10 at Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday afternoon in the national quarterfinals.
Minnesota State scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3 minutes, 16 seconds left in the game and Missouri Western, 12-2, couldn’t answer.
Travis Partridge threw for 160 yards and rushed for Missouri Western’s only touchdown. Michael Hill finished with 50 yards rushing and Kyle Knox caught four passes for 65 yards. The Griffons, who won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular-season title, finished 12-2.
Mineral Water Bowl
Winona State (Minn.) racked up 587 yards of total offense in beating Lindenwood 41-21 in the 47th annual Mineral Water Bowl at Tiger Stadium in Excelsior Springs.
The Lions threw for 414 yards — Ben Gomez threw for 198 and a touchdown and Dillon Miller threw for 216 yards and two scores — and were two of three on fourth-down conversions but could not overcome three turnovers.
Lindenwood went 8-4 in its first season as a MIAA member.