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MIAA roundup - UCM stuns NW, ESU rolls and Pitt leaps over UCO

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It was a pretty big day in the MIAA Saturday, as all 15 teams took to the field.

The big story, of course, is the game I was at, Central Missouri's 31-21 victory over No. 3 Northwest Missouri (1-1). The Mules (1-1) dominated most of the game, particularly the second quarter, and backup quarterback Colter Smith, starting for injured Mike Peterson, is making a strong case that he should be the starter for UCM. (Box Score)

Smith finished the day 28 of 44 for 301 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT. His counterpart in green finished with 335 yards, but frankly, for most of the game, Trevor Adams couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Two second-quarter interceptions turned into 10 points for the Mules, and while one was bobbled by a NW receiver, both were thrown behind their targets.

The Central Missouri defense played great, holding the Bearcat duo of James Franklin and Jordan Simmons to just 80 yards total and a single score between them.

Elsewhere, Emporia State is earning the love I've been showing them, as they took it to Nebraska-Kearney (0-2) 58-35. The Hornets (2-0) started the game with a 3-and-out, then found a way to go up 24-0 by the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Tyler Eckenrode had over 200 yards passing in the first frame, and finished the day 30 of 43 for 367 yards and 4 TDs. He didn't throw any interceptions and wasn't sacked. WR Shjuan Richardon had 15 catches for 204 yards and 3 scores. (Box Score)

No. 1 Pittsburg State (2-0) jumped out early on Central Oklahoma (0-2), totaling 378 yards in the first half, then cruised to a 34-19 victory in front of 10,754 fans at Carnie Smith Stadium in their 2012 home opener. Gorilla running back Briceton Wilson ran the ball 9 times for 108 yards and a score in which he jumped right over a Broncho defender at about the 5 yard line and finished his venture into the end zone (watch the run here). Sophomore quarterback Anthony Abenoja had himself another fine day, compelting 21 of 32 passes for 296 yards, a TD and an INT. WRs John Brown and Andrew Castaneda each went over 100 yards, with 127 and 100, respectively. (Box Score)

No. 7 Missouri Western (2-0) had no problem with GLVC member William Jewell (0-2), cruising to a 56-0 victory in St. Joseph. RB Michael Hill finishAed the day with 210 yards on just 14 carries with 2 TDs. Quarterback Travis Partridge was 10 of 15 for 129 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. Defensive end David Bass became the Griffons' all-time leading sack-master with his second sack of the season. (Box Score)

No. 21 Washburn (2-0) used a balanced rushing attack and four touchdown passes from QB Mitch Buhler to knock off Fort Hays State (0-2) 45-20. The 'Bods had four RBs carry the ball more than 7 times, and all four went for over 60 yards. Buhler finished the day 15 of 20 for 252 yards and the 4 scores. (Box Score)

It took a minute for Lindenwood (2-0) to get going, and then they almost let SBU (0-2) sneak back into it, but the Lions moved to 2-0 with a 35-14 win. Lindenwood jumped up 21-0 in the second quarter, then gave up two straight scores for a 21-14 halftime lead. Ben Gomez and Denodu O'Bryant had two scores each through the air and on the ground, respectively. (Box Score)

It didn't take long for Truman State to get going. The Bulldogs (2-0) scored touchdowns on five of their first six drives en route to their 42-14 victory over Lincoln (0-2). Running back Will Mosquera scored 3 touchdowns, picking up 69 yards on 16 carries. (Box Score)

Missouri Southern (2-0) threw the ball just seven times (completing just 3 passes) but ran their way to a 27-21 victory over Northeastern State (0-2). Kellen Cox, who spent the last three years catching passes and returning punts, saw a lot of the action at quarterback, but did most of his damage on the ground, with 108 yards on 8 carries, including a 70-yard touchdown. (Box Score)

ATTENDANCE: UCO @ PSU 10754; NWMSU @ UCM 10372; NSU @ MSSU 5287; WU @ FHSU 5054; WJ @ MWSU 4811; ESU @ UNK 4021; LU @ TSU 3989; SBU @ LWOOD 2805

What did you think about this week's action? What takeaways do you have after two weeks of play in MIAA football? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below, drop me a note on Twitter @miAARONd2, hit me up on Facebook.com/apheintz or get at my inbox at aaron.heintzelman@d2football.com.

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  1. GoGorillas's Avatar
    Good account of Pitt game I attended. Surprisingly, Not nearly as rowdy as you might have expected. Pitt fans have gotten used to winning and even first home game after a national championship didn't produce that much energy. Great attendance, true, but I was in student section and it was a pretty normal day. Pitt St. has some kinks to work out but showed flashes of last year's brilliance. Central Oklahoma will surprise a few teams in my opinion. Pitt will benefit from super easy Sept. schedule.
  2. NW Normal's Avatar
    I have followed MIAA since 1994, but yesterday's officiating crew for the NW game had names that were new to me. The back judge was Dwight Niebling who is well known. They were terrible at spotting the ball. I feel that they cost us at least one touchdown and were confused at several times during the game, which destroyed momentum. Someone said that they were a replacement crew. Someone else said that they were a high school crew. Any insight? Anyone?
  3. gomules76's Avatar
    OH How little you know Heintzleman!
  4. Aaron Heintzelman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gomules76
    OH How little you know Heintzleman!
    please, enlighten me?
  5. backintheday's Avatar
    I imagine he's referring to the reason offered for Smith starting over Peterson
  6. Aaron Heintzelman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by backintheday
    I imagine he's referring to the reason offered for Smith starting over Peterson

    Coach Svoboda said before the game Peterson was still dealing with concussion issues, so they'd go with Smith. True? Who knows. But I can't report otherwise.
  7. Mule08's Avatar
    I'm hoping they stick with Colter Smith. We brought him in after the 2010 season to be the starter and in the 1st 2 games he's proven himself as to why he should be the starting QB. Personally I think he's a top 3 QB in the conference
  8. Mule08's Avatar
    I'm sorry but NW fans can't complain about officiating. Historically MIAA crews have blatantly made calls in favor of NW. Having gone to every game since 03, the way I look at it is this is the 1st 1 that was actually called fairly. If you want 2 complain about refs go back 2 the 2010 MIAA Championship when 12 men were on the field during the game winning FG or the Murray catch in the endzone that was ruled down @ the 1. The path 2 5 straight NC appearances was paved w favorable calls.
  9. PittStatePOTPMB's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mule08
    ... If you want 2 complain about refs go back 2 the 2010 MIAA Championship when 12 men were on the field during the game winning FG or the Murray catch in the endzone that was ruled down @ the 1. The path 2 5 straight NC appearances was paved w favorable calls.
    Ohhh... Somebody just got called out...
  10. NW Normal's Avatar
    First time I ever heard about 12 men. I'll go back and look at my pics and count them. I was just trying to find out why Dwight didn't have his usual crew with him. What are you crying about? You won. On the message board Central fans were complaining about the spots too!
    That crew was a work in progress; maybe they will eventually get it figured out. BTW, I didn't know that the MIAA had a championship game.