No. 14-ranked Emporia State pulled out a 36-29 victory at Missouri Southern on Saturday night in Joplin, Mo.
The game was tied at 17 before halftime and Missouri Southern grabbed the lead on a field goal with 8:45 left in third quarter. The Hornets took back the lead for good on Braxton Marstall’s 14-yard touchdown to Jordan Reed with 2:43 left in the third.
Landon Nault had 113 yards rushing on 23 carries while Marstall was 21 of 36 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
ESU (2-1) played without leading tackler Gabe Cleveland, who missed the game with a hand injury.
Emporia State will play host to Central Missouri at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Welch Stadium.
FORT HAYS STATE 31, CENTRAL OKLAHOMA 24 — At Edmond, Okla., Fort Hays State’s Monterio Birchfield caught a 64-yard touchdown from Jacob Mezera with 42 seconds left to lift the Tigers past UCO.
Birchfield had 217 yards receiving on eight catches while Mezera threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 21-ranked Tigers. UCO quarterback Chas Stallard completed 23 of 29 passes for 293 yards for the 1-2 Bronchos.
CENTRAL MISSOURI 66, MISSOURI WESTERN 44 — At Warrensburg, Mo., Central Missouri compiled 614 yards of offense in a shootout with the Griffons.
Devante Turner rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns while Brook Bolles threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns for the Mules (2-1). Josh Caldwell rushed for 130 yards and two TDs for the Western (1-2).
PITTSBURG STATE 68, NORTHEASTERN STATE 21 — At Tahlequah, Okla., Pittsburg State dispatched of the RiverHawks with ease, opening up a 34-7 lead by halftime.
Pitt State quarterback Thomas LePage threw for three touchdowns and the Gorillas (2-1) scored a touchdown on defense and special teams. Rossville product Tucker Horak had 57 yards rushing for the Gorillas.
NSU’s Dom McKinzy passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
NORTHWEST MISSOURI 13, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 0 — At Kearney, Neb., the No. 1-ranked Bearcats held the Lopers to 58 yards and just six first downs.
Shane Williams had the only touchdown of the game with a six-yard reception from Zach Martin late in the first quarter. UNK was 0 of 14 on third-down conversions.