Lincoln University and Langston played a classic at Arrowhead Stadium last year, a game that featured nearly 100 points and ended in heartbreak for Lincoln after the potential game-tying extra point was blocked in the final minute.
Lincoln made sure history didn’t repeat itself on Saturday, beating Langston 35-32 on the road in its season opener.
Langston pulled within a field goal with 3:25 to play, but the Blue Tigers didn’t let them get any closer.
Lincoln quarterback Owen Jordan threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Bryson Winfrey rolled up 107 yards receiving and a touchdown.
At Missouri Valley 35, Graceland 0
Missouri Valley rebounded from a Week 1 loss to shutout Graceland at home. Jakari Johnson ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Joseph Muriel threw for 276 yards and a touchdown. The Viking defense held Graceland to 122 yards on the day.
Baker 58, at Culver-Stockton0
Baker quarterback Nick Marra had a field day, throwing for 318 yards and six touchdowns on just 13 completions. Nine different Baker players caught passes, led by 77 yards and a touchdown from Ladai Shawn Boose.
Benedictine 44, at Avila 28
Benedictine pulled away in the second half to beat Avila and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Tyler Henness ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jacob Koester threw for 267 yards and a touchdown.
Avila’s Calvin Jacobson threw for 342 yards and a touchdown. Alyn Jackson caught seven passes for 106 yards and a score.
Dakota Wesleyan 23, at Ottawa 22
Ottawa had ample opportunities to take the lead after giving up the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter.
The Braves couldn’t muster another scoring drive.
Michael Francis ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. Dayton Walter threw for 139 yards and a touchdown.
In case you missed it, the MIAA opened its season on Thursday. Here’s a recap of the Week 1 action.
At Central Missouri 18, Missouri Western 17
Garrett Fugate hit Kyle Echols with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, and the Mules were able to hold on for the win. Fugate threw for 233 yards. Missouri Western got 313 passing yards from Skyler Windmiller and 104 receiving yards from Brandynn Clark.
Northwest Missouri State 31, at Nebraska-Kearny 0
The Bearcat defense held Nebraska-Kearny to just 244 yards while recording a season-opening shutout. Brady Bolles threw for 211 yards a touchdown, and Kyle Zimmerman ran for 54 yards and a score.
Pittsburg State 38, at Northeastern State 14
Pittsburg State was content to pound Northeastern State into submission, rolling up 334 rushing yards in the victory.
Michael Rose led the way with 127 yards and two touchdowns. John Roderique threw for 122 yards and ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns. He scored rushing touchdowns of 39 and 51 yards on the Gorillas’ first two plays from scrimmage.
Emporia State 38, at Missouri Southern State 20
Emporia State pulled away in the third quarter to cruise to a victory.
Hornet quarterback Brent Wilson threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Brown ran for 80 yards and a score.
Missouri Southern was led by 113 rushing yards and a touchdown from Will Gregory.
Fort Hays State 30, at Central Oklahoma 29
Fort Hays State chewed up 85 yards in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, and Drew O’Brien’s 19-yard field goal on the final play of regulation propelled the Tigers to a win.
Shaquill Cooper ran for 163 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Treveon Albert threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
At Lindenwood 20, Washburn 14
Washburn allowed the go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left to play and lost its season opener.
Derek McGinnis threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Hart caught six passes for 84 yards and a score.