Sept. 12, 2009
Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Seventh-ranked Northwest Missouri State puts its 28-game MIAA win streak on the line today against fourth-ranked Pittsburg State in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium VIII. Northwest has won the last three Classic's and leads the series 5-2.
It's been nine years since Northwest and Pittsburg State last met in the conference opener. The Bearcats took both games of the home-and-away series played in 1999 and 2000. In fact Northwest is 13-1 in MIAA openers since 1995.
Pittsburg State (2-0) is 17-4 since midway through its 2007 season. Three of those four losses have come to the Bearcats, who've won the last five meetings between the two programs. Northwest (1-1) handed the Gorillas their only two losses last season, including a 35-10 win at Arrowhead Stadium and a 38-35 win at Bearcat Stadium in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
Pittsburg State has punished its first two opponents of 2009, topping 16th-ranked Central Oklahoma 42-13 and seventh-ranked Chadron State 41-13 - both at home. The Gorillas combined to outrush their two opponents 522-78.
Northwest, meanwhile, lost its opener to fifth-ranked Abilene Christian 19-14 before getting even with a 49-14 win against Southwest Baptist. Today marks the third straight game the Bearcats will play away from Maryville.
Today will be the 10th time in the last 14 years these teams have competed while both hold top 10 rankings. Northwest has won six of those contests.
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