Dec 08, 2019 4:12 AM

Griffons roll past Henderson State 35-14 to win Live United Bowl

Posted Dec 08, 2019 4:12 AM

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The 300th all-time win for Missouri Western football came in the final game of its 50th season. The Griffons (9-3) trounced Henderson State (9-3) in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl to reach nine wins for the first time since 2012 and break a program record with its 11th straight win away from St. Joseph.


Missouri Western controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season. Anthony Williams intercepted the Reddies' second play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the Griffon defense early. Markel Smith gave MWSU a 7-0 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter after both teams showed some rust early in the game. Missouri Western elected to twice go for it on fourth down inside the Henderson State red zone and failed to convert either time, allowing Henderson State to tie the game with 5:04 left in the first half.


Blake Burau capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive that took 4:23 off the clock with a four-yard touchdown catch from Wyatt Steigerwald. Burau's TD put MWSU up 14-7 with 34 seconds left in the half. MWSU scored on its first four possessions of the second half. The final touchdown was a 16-yard pass to Luke Vang. The Griffons originally lined up to kick a field goal on 4th and two from the Henderson State 16, but kicker Sam Aviles motioned out as a receiver and Steigerwald to his quarterback position before hitting a wide open Vang to put MWSU up 35-14.



  • Missouri Western became the first team to ever win the Live United Bowl twice.
  • Trey Vaval was named MVP after breaking the Live United Bowl record with 225 return yards. The freshman returned four punts for 143 yards and three kicks for 82. He actually broke the record in the first half and became the second Griffon specialist to win MVP of the game in as many years. Tyler Basch was named MVP as the team's kicker in 2018.
  • The Griffons out-gained Henderson State 463-263 even with Vaval's returns often setting the Griffs up with great field position.
  • Missouri Western had the ball for more than 39 minutes.
  • Henderson State was held to just 73 rushing yards on 24 carries.
  • Two Reddie quarterbacks were limited to 10 completions on 37 attempts for 290 yards. The Griffon defense also had three sacks.
  • MWSU rushed for 287 yards with Markel Smith (136) and Shamar Griffith (110) both going over 100.
  • The Griffons were 11 for 18 on third down.
  • Steigerwald threw two touchdown passes in a game for the 10th time in 2019.
  • Both touchdown passes were to tight ends, giving the position group 15 on the season.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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Dec 08, 2019 4:12 AM
Bearcats' season ends at Ferris State in the NCAA Quarterfinals 25-3

BIG RAPIDS, Michigan – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat football team saw its 2019 season come to an end as the No. 2-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs posted a 25-3 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Division II playoffs.

The first half featured two turnovers from both squads and the only scoring play was a 35-yard field goal from Ferris State's Jackson Dieterle with 9:02 left in the second quarter.

In addition to the pair of turnovers forced, the Bearcat defense came up with a pair of fourth-down stops in Ferris State's red zone. The last stop came at the one-yard line with :19 left in the opening half when Sam Roberts stuffed FSU's Marvin Campbell on a 4th-and-goal from the two. The Bulldogs were held to 1-of-9 on third-down conversions in the first half.

Ferris State took the second-half kickoff and marched 76 yards on eight plays that was capped by a Travis Russell three-yard touchdown run. The Bulldog score gave the home squad a 10-0 lead with 11:44 left in the third quarter.

Northwest inserted backup quarterback Jadyn Kowalski and he led the first Bearcat scoring drive of the game. Kowalski guided the offense on an eight-play, 57-yard drive that culminated in a 27-yard field goal by Parker Sampson. The key play on the drive was a 19-yard pass play from Kowalski to Alec Tatum on a 3rd-and-4 that put the ball at the FSU 18-yard line. For Sampson it was his 10th straight make of a field goal attempt from less than 50 yards this season.

Ferris State hit the biggest play of the game on a 3rd-and-15 from its own 24 yard line. FSU quarterback Travis Russell hit Jevon Shaw on a wide receiver screen for a 69-yard gain to the Northwest 7-yard line. The Bearcat defense stiffened and held the Bulldogs to a 20-yard field goal by Dieterle after the long pass play. The field goal gave Ferris State a 13-3 lead with 10:34 to play in the game.

The Bulldogs extended the lead to 16-3 on a 31-yard field goal by Dieterle. The Bulldogs took over at the Bearcat 15-yard line following a failed fake punt attempt by Mike Hohensee. Dieterle's third field goal of the game came with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter.

Ferris State added a safety when Austin Edwards sacked Kowalski in the end zone with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs would ultimately add another score with 1:26 to play on a 32-yard touchdown run by Campbell. The run capped Campbell's game where he rushed 27 times for 149 yards.

Northwest finishes the 2019 season with a mark of 12-2 overall. Ferris State improves to 12-0 overall.

NOTES: Senior safety Jacob Gassman recorded his third interception of the season and fourth of his quarter in the second quarter … Northwest has intercepted 24 passes this season … four different Bearcats threw passes in the game (Braden Wright, Jadyn Kowalski, Mike Hohensee and LaTroy Harper) … Hohensee tied a Northwest single-game record with 10 punts (Jeff LeBlanc vs. Nebraska-Omaha, Sept. 4, 1999; Matt Thorman vs. Central Missouri, Sept. 30, 2017; Matt Thorman vs. Fort Hays State, Nov. 4, 2017) … Justin Rankin led Northwest with 47 yards on the ground … Alec Tatum had a team-high five receptions for 55 yards … Braden Wright passed 6-of-16 for 54 yards … Jadyn Kowalski passed 5-of-11 for 44 yards … Blake Bayer tallied a game-high 16 tackles … Jackson Barnes notched 15 tackles.

--- Northwest Athletics ---