That cliché about football being a game of two halves became a cliché because of games like the one Pittsburg State and Missouri Western played Saturday.
Pittsburg State could do no right in the first half. Fortunately for the Gorillas, they did no wrong in the second half in rallying for a 31-27 victory.
Missouri Western led 27-7 at the break before Pittsburg State came roaring back.
Jamal Tyler’s 7-yard run with 1:23 left in regulation proved to be the winning score. Tyler finished with 88 rushing yards. Jeff Seybold rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Gorillas.
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Missouri Western got 187 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Skyler Windmiller. Dee Tolliver caught three passes for 101 yards and a TD.
▪ Northwest Missouri forced five turnovers and allowed just 204 yards in 59-7 rout at Northeast (Okla.) State. Brady Bolles threw for 157 yards and a score for the Bearcats.
▪ Central Missouri built a 52-0 lead at one point, and finished with a school-record 702 yards of offense in a 54-10 home rout of Missouri Southern. Quarterback Garrett Fugate accounted for a majority of that total. He threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards and another score. Missouri Southern got 188 yards and a touchdown from quarterback Kyle Keller.
▪ Fort Hays State held off Washburn’s rally in the final quarter for a 35-31 home win. Fort Hays quarterback Treveon Albert had a huge game, rushing for 207 yards and two scores and throwing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Washburn quarterback Derek McGinnis threw for 280 yards and two scores.
▪ Missouri State fell at home to Indiana State 56-28. Brodie Lambert threw for 197 yards and a score for the Bears.
▪ Emporia State held on for a 20-13 victory at Lindenwood. Hornets quarterback Brent Wilson threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Kavaski Ervin caught 10 passes for 140 yards for Emporia State. Mitchell Foote logged 11 receptions for 90 yards and two scores for the Hornets.
▪ Baker rebounded from its first loss of the season last week with a 35-10 win over Peru State. Nick Marra threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns for Baker. Clarence Clark led the receiving corps with 94 yards and a touchdown.
▪ William Jewell came to life in the second quarter, scoring 20 points at home on way to a 40-16 win over Missouri S&T. It was the Cardinals’ first win of the season. Anthony Mullins put Jewell ahead for good with a 97-yard kickoff return. Nick West led the Jewell offense with 74 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also threw for 102 yards. Missouri S&T quarterback Lamar Wilkes threw for 191 yards and a TD but also four interceptions.
▪ Ottawa running back Tanner Staats put up some numbers, rushing for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-26 home win over Bethel. Dayton Walter threw for 299 yards and three scores.
▪ Grand View escaped with a 36-31 win at Mid America Nazarene in Olathe after scoring a touchdown from 1 yard out with 49 seconds left in the game. Nazarene running back Javon Taylor finished with 150 yards and two scores. Trent Hedlund threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
▪ Benedictine’s Tyler Henness ran for 147 yards and a touchdown in pacing his team to a 31-14 at Central Methodist. Jacob Koester threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
▪ Missouri Valley scored all but 12 of its points in the first and fourth quarters in cruising to a 61-22 win at Culver-Stockton. Ricky Fuentes rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns in just five carries for Missouri Valley. Elliot Hawkins rushed for 124 yards and two scores for Missouri Valley.
▪ Bubba Jenkins rushed for 86 yards and a score in Soutwest Baptist’s loss at McKendree.
▪ Avila piled up 506 yards of offense, but allowed 660 in a 51-29 loss at William Penn (Iowa).
▪ Saint Mary scored the first 16 points of its home game against Bethany but lost 18-16. Bethany completed a 25-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left in the game for the win.
▪ Truman State fell at Indianapolis 26-13. Receiver Joey Schenck caught 10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
▪ McMurray opened the scoring by returning an interception and never looked back in a 34-13 win at Lincoln.