The #12 Missouri Western Griffons collapse and fall to the 3-5 Missouri Southern Lions, 34-35 Saturday. This puts Western with two losses on the season and complicating their playoff berth.
The game came down to the last two possessions of the football.
With 2:13 minutes left in the 4th quarter and the score 34-28, Missouri Southern started marching down the from their own 29 yard line. With several key plays, Southern‘s quarterback Roland Thompson threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Daniel Thompson to score the game winning touchdown. Missouri Western failed to stop Southern’s offense’s six pass and three run completions for 71 yards that netted the game winning touchdown for them.
With seven seconds on the clock, Missouri Western would try to save the game. On Southern’s 44 yard line, quarterback Drew Newhart threw the ball to wide receiver Adam Clausen, trying to get within field goal range, but Southern’s Terrance Scott broke up the pass.
With one second on the clock and out of field goal range, Newhart threw the ball to wide receiver/quarterback Tryon Crockum but the pass was incomplete.
Western was struggling throughout the game but was leading the Lions 34-14 going in to the fourth quarter. The Lions would charge back with 21 unanswered points, including the game winning touchdown.
There were two bright spots on Missouri Western team though: running back Michael Hill and wide receiver Ferrell McGhee.
Running back Michael Hill took on the challenge of being the only running back in the game with Thomas Hodges out due to injury and had 143 yards in rushing. He also scored a touchdown for the Griffons.
McGhee had 158 yards in receiving including a 91-yard touchdown catch. He would also score another touchdown with a 32 yard catch from Newhart. He also had a 24 yard kickoff return run as well.
It was also a good day for freshman defensive back Ben Jackson who had two interceptions in the game.
The Griffons, 7-2, head to Emporia on the October 31st to face the Emporia State University Hornets.