Western Football falls to Nebraska-Omaha; playoff berth questionable now


The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks defeated the #21 (#5 in the NCAA super regional #4) Missouri Western Griffons, 30-21. This moves the team to 8-3 overall, and 6-3 in the MIAA conference.

Whether they are going to the playoffs is still questionable. According to the NCAA, the announcement of which team is going to the Division II playoffs is Sunday, November 8th at 2 pm CST. Western is part of the super regional #4. Saturday saw several other shakeups (as of the time of posting) in that region with #6 University of Central Missouri losing to #2 Northwest Missouri, 56-14 and #4 Abilene-Christian losing to #7 Midwestern State, 15-13.

The top six teams in the region receive an automatic berth in the playoffs.

If they miss the playoffs, they have a chance of going to the Mineral Water Bowl but the MIAA conference is full of 6-3 conference teams including UNO, UCM, and Washburn. Western defeated both UCM and Washburn. They are currently ranked 3rd in the conference behind UCM but because Western defeating UCM in there matchup this season, that win might help the Griffons. According to the Mineral Water Bowl website, the announcement of who will go to Excelsior Springs on December 5 will occur on November 15. If Western does get in the playoffs then they are not qualified for the bowl.

Lineback Thomas Madget | Photo: Matthew Fowler
Lineback Thomas Madget | Photo: Matthew Fowler

About the Game:

Two of the key players of the game were quarterback Newhart and linebacker Thomas Madget.

Newhart, A Harlon Hill candidate, had a mixed day. He completed a 66-yard pass to wide receiver Cedric Houston for a touchdown and threw one more to wide receiver Adam Clausen. Newhart threw two interceptions, though, with one being turnover for a touchdown for UNO. He was 15 of 30 in passing completion.

Madget had 60-yard touchdown yard after intercepting the ball early in the game.

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