TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The third-ranked Northwest Missouri State football team improved to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in MIAA play with a 40-12 victory over Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon at Doc Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah, Okla.
NSU drops to 0-5 overall and in conference play. The last time the Bearcats began a season 5-0 was back in 2006.
Senior quarterback Trevor Adams passed for 212 yards and two scores, completing 11 of 16 attempts. Sophomore Brady Bolles had 134 yards passing and a touchdown, going 10-for-12.
Northwest’s defense held the RiverHawks to just 244 total yards. Despite not forcing a turnover on the day, the Bearcats allowed just 3.7 yards per play and held NSU to just six third down conversions on 15 tries. Eric Remier led the defense with 10 tackles on the afternoon.
The game was delayed approximately an hour due to lightning in the area.
Northwest got on the board first, scoring on a 24 yard run from Phil Jackson II midway through the first. On the next possession, Adams hooked up with Jason Jozaites for a 52 yard pass, putting Northwest up, 14-0.
In the second quarter, Adams found Marcus Wright down the sideline for a 40yard pass. Wright made a quick move inside and broke free for the score. With 5:36 remaining in the half, Ben Trewyn hit a 28 yard field goal, giving Northwest a 24-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Northeastern State took the ball 91 yards in eight plays, ending in a 12 yard pass from Cory Meaders to Tank Richmond. On the point-after attempt, Northwest blocked the kick and Brian Dixon returned itdown the right sideline for two points.
With time winding down in the first half, the Bearcats put together an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Billy Creason scored from six yards out with just 36seconds remaining, sending Northwest into the locker rooms with a 33-6 lead.
Northwest’s lone score of the second half took place on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Bearcats went 65 yards on 12 plays, resulting in a five-yard touchdown pass from Bolles to Korey Jackson.
Northwest will host Central Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bearcat Stadium at 1 p.m.