Tahlequah Daily Press

September 25, 2013

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look inside the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Sports Editor

Conference standings

        Conf.     Ovr

        W-L    W-L    PF    PA

Emporia St.        3-0        3-0        131      72

Mo. Southern        3-0        3-0    128    62

Pittsburg St.        3-0        3-0    169    37

Washburn        3-0        3-0    160    33

Mo. Western        2-0        3-0    120    45

NW Mo. St.        2-0        3-0    122    62

Lindenwood        2-1        2-1        87    96

Central Mo.        1-2        1-2    94    82

Lincoln            0-2        1-2    79    117

SW Baptist        0-2        0-3    71    134

Central Okla.        0-3        0-3    100    171

Fort Hays St.        0-3        0-3    44    146

Neb. Kearney        0-3        0-3    53    123

Northeastern St.  0-3        0-3    23    110

Week 3

Washburn 48, Northeastern State 3

Central Missouri 47, Lindenwood 28

Missouri Southern 59, Lincoln 10

Emporia State 54, Central Oklahoma 38

Northwest Missouri State 49, Fort Hays State 14

Pittsburg State 59, Southwest Baptist 7

Missouri Western 31, Nebraska Kearney 19

Week 4

Northeastern State at Emporia State, 1 p.m.

Nebraska Kearney at Northwest Missouri State, 1 p.m.

Pittsburg State at Lincoln, 2 p.m.

Central Oklahoma at Washburn, 2:37 p.m.

Fort Hays State at Missouri Western, 6 p.m.

Missouri Southern at Southwest Baptist, 6 p.m.

Missouri S&T at Lindenwood, 6 p.m.

Central Missouri at Truman, 7 p.m.

Week 3 recaps

- Washburn 48, Northeastern State 3: The Ichabods scored three touchdowns in a span of one minute, 18 seconds in the second quarter to erase any doubt in this one. Both teams combined for nine turnovers in a game that feature two sluggish performances on offense. NSU’s lone scoring drive was manufactured by 45 yards worth of penalties on Washburn in the third quarter.

- Central Missouri 47, Lindenwood 28: Central Missouri quarterback Hayden Hawk outdueled Lindenwood quarterback Dillon Miller as the Mules collected their first win of the season. Hawk passed for 401 yards and five touchdowns while completing 31 of 39 passes. Four wide receivers racked up at least 100 receiving yards, with Lindenwood’s Jaron Alexander leading the way with 16 receptions for 149 yards. Lindenwood led 28-20 late in the second quarter, but the Mules scored the final 27 points of the game while shutting out the Lions in the second half.

- Missouri Southern 59, Lincoln 10: Michael Nelson reeled off a 65-yard rush to start the game, and Giresse Forchu finished off Missouri Southern’s opening drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. In the end, the Lions set a school record for rushing yards in a game (607), breaking a mark set in 1970. Chris Barnwell led Missouri Southern with 161 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while JJ Jones added 109 yards and two scores on six carries. The Lions had six different rushers log at least 54 rushing yards.

- Emporia State 54, Central Oklahoma 38: The two teams combined for 1,265 yards of total offense with Emporia State quarter Brent Wilson leading the way with 522 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. Ray Ray Davis caught 16 passes for 181 yards and five touchdowns for the Hornets. For Central Oklahoma, running back Josh Birmingham ran 15 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Emporia State led 27-17 at halftime and 44-31 with 2:19 left in the third quarter. The Hornets would then score 14 unanswered points to put the game away before UCO scored with 5:13 left.

- Northwest Missouri State 49, Fort Hays State 14: The Bearcats scored 42 of the first 49 points and breezed past Fort Hays State. Northwest Missouri State used three Fort Hays State fumbles to set up short touchdown drives in the first, second and third quarters. The Bearcats used a balanced offensive performance with 282 rushing yards and 237 yards through the air.

- Pittsburg State 59, Southwest Baptist 7: No. 14 Pittsburg State allowed Southwest Baptist to hang around for a quarter before dropping the hammer on the visitors at Carnie Smith Stadium. The Gorillas led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter before scoring 56 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. Jeff Seybold ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns, Anthony Abenoja tossed for 293 yards and three scores, and John Brown caught five passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to spearheaded Pittsburg State’s 462-yard offensive effort.

- Missouri Western 31, Nebraska Kearney 19: No. 6 Missouri Western got all it wanted on the road in Nebraska. Kearney pulled to within 24-19 on Bronson Marsh’s 52-yard touchdown run with 13:00 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Griffons responded with a 12-play, 73-yard drive to slam the door shut on the Lopers. Marsh ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns for Kearney, while Raphael Spencer had 171 yards on 27 carries for Missouri Western.

Players of the week

(Weekly honors are from the league)

- Offense - Brent Wilson (Emporia State): The former Ponca City standout set three new MIAA records in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Wilson completed 38 of 47 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards on 11 carries. Wilson rewrote MIAA records for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense (571 yards). The previous passing mark in the league was held by Truman’s Matt Tisich who passed for 493 yards in 2007.

- Defense - Bryce Atagi (Washburn): The 5-foot-10 senior linebacker from Shawnee, Kan., recorded eight tackles while also logging a 35-yard interception return in the Ichabods easy victory at Northeastern State.

- Special teams - John Brown (Pittsburg State): The Coffeyville Community College transfer returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to kick-start the Gorillas’ 28-point third quarter against Southwest Baptist over the weekend. Brown finished with 116 return yards, in addition to 171 receiving yards against Southwest Baptist.

Around the league

- Bowie debuts in NFL: Of the three MIAA players selected in the NFL draft in April, Northeastern State’s Michael Bowie received the first minutes of playing time during the regular season. Bowie entered in the Seahawks’ game against Jacksonville last weekend, while Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) was on the inactive list for the Baltimore Ravens. Former Missouri Western star David Bass, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders before being released and signed by the Chicago Bears, has yet to play in a game for the Bears yet.

- Hooray for Ray Ray: Emporia State wide receiver Ray Ray Davis set a school record with five touchdown catches in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Davis leads the MIAA in receptions per game with 9.7 over three games.

- Just short: Emporia State, while having quarterback Brent Wilson set three conference records, fell just short of setting the school’s record for total offense in a game. The record is 703 yards and Emporia State finished with 699.

- Perfect passer: Missouri Southern is well-known for its triple option-style running game. Yet, it’s the Lions’ quarterback, Jay McDowell, that leads the MIAA in passing efficiency. McDowell has completed 17 of his 21 passes this season for 321 yards and two touchdowns, which has him atop the league with a 240.8 efficiency rating.

- Trio of top throwers: Three weeks into the season, there are already three quarterbacks — Wilson (Emporia State), Hawk (Central Missouri) and Miller (Lindenwood) — who have more than 1,000 yards passing. Wilson leads with 1,120 yards through the air, good enough for a 427.3-yard average per contest.

Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats aren’t putting up flashy numbers, but they keep winning convincingly. Wouldn’t expect that to change over the next three weekends (Nebraska Kearney, Northeastern State, Central Oklahoma).

2. Pittsburg State: Lost in the glowing numbers the Gorillas’ offense is putting up is the fact that Pittsburg State’s defense is second in the league in scoring defense. Also, John Brown is still really, really good.

3. Missouri Western: The Griffons have been so-so on the road, but they’re still 3-0. A rout should be in store this weekend against Fort Hays State, and then the verdict will be out a week later when Missouri Western ventures to Edmond to take on the Bronchos.

4. Washburn: The Ichabods are only allowing 11 points per game this season. That’s a solid recipe for success.

5. Emporia State: The Hornets will go as far as Brent Wilson will take them. So far he’s been the best quarterback in the league and has proven to be a dual threat on offense.

6. Central Missouri: The Mules finally post their first victory and now have to prepare for Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State after a non-conference clash this weekend.

7. Missouri Southern: The Lions’ rushing attack took a temporary hiatus at Northeastern State but clearly got back on track against Lincoln.

8. Lindenwood: The Lions played with fire in two close games against Lincoln and Southwest Baptist. Once the competition got stiffer, Lindenwood couldn’t keep up after halftime against Central Missouri.

9. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos are 0-3, but at least they have Josh Birmingham, a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

10. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers showed some mettle while hanging tough with Missouri Western over the weekend. A tough slate will awaits Nebraska Kearney, but a win is out there somewhere.

11. Lincoln: The Blue Tigers came crashing back down to Earth after beating Grambling State. Allowing 600-plus rushing yards is a great way to spend a weekend.

12. Southwest Baptist: Hey, the Bearcats were only down by three points at the end of one quarter against Pittsburg State. Then, everyone blinked and the game was over.

13. Fort Hays State: The Tigers’ defense still can’t stop anybody, but at least they’re starting to score some points now.

14. Northeastern State: Injuries have depleted a team that sought respect in the league this year. With reserves seemingly all over the field, the RiverHawks are looking miracles to be able to move the ball on offense.

They said it

“I was just thinking that ball was in the air forever. I was like, ‘If I drop this, I’m gonna look like such a loser.’ The way their safeties really come down hard on the run, we could hit them with some plays.” -- Northwest Missouri State wide receiver Bryce Young said of his 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of the Bearcats’ win over Fort Hays State.

Game of the week

Central Oklahoma at Washburn

It’s another weak slate of games this week in the MIAA. However, the featured game of the week on the MIAA Network showcases a matchup that saw the Bronchos upset the Ichabods in Edmond last season. Can Central Oklahoma do it again?