Sept. 2, 2010
Kingsville Upsets Top-Ranked Northwest
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Texas A&M-Kingsville held top-ranked Northwest Missouri State to 189 yards of total offense in a 16-7 win Thursday night at Bearcat Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
It's the fourth consecutive season-opening loss for the Bearcats, who've bounced back to win all remaining regular season games in each of the last three seasons. Northwest had won 30 of its last 31 home contests entering Thursday's opener.
The 14th-ranked Javelinas took a 10-7 lead into halftime and scored on their opening possession of the second half for the game's final score. Quarterback Nate Poppell orchestrated a 16-play, 85-yard drive and scored on a quarterback draw on 4th-and-goal from the 1. A mishandled snap led to the missed conversion.
Poppell completed 26-of-38 passes for 258 yards. He hooked up with running back Fred Winborn for a 26-yard touchdown strike towards the end of the first half that gave Kingsville the lead. Winborn, a first-team All-LSC back a year ago, carried 27 times for 82 yards.
Northwest, looking to replace star running back LaRon Council, platooned three running backs who carried 15 times for 63 yards. Jordan Simmons' 27 yards rushing led the team.
Javelina defensive end Matt Romig had three of Kingsville's seven sacks on Northwest signal caller Blake Bolles. A first-team All-American a year ago, Bolles completed 17-of-29 passes for 140 yards. He hooked up with Jake Soy for a 10-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter which gave the Bearcats a 7-0 lead. Soy had five catches for 55 yards.
Of Northwest's 11 possessions, six were three plays and out. Tyler Shaw returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the end zone, but the play was called back on a penalty. Bolles fumbled the snap from center on 4th-and-2 from the 14-yard line which ended the ensuing possession. Tight end Kyle Kilgore fumbled after hauling in a first down catch in Javelina territory on the Bearcats next possession. A drop on a deep pass by Soy stalled the third drive of the half.
Northwest's defense had 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage, but received no sacks from a unit that finished second in the nation in that category a year ago. Linebackers Chad Kilgore and Willie Horn led the Bearcats with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
Next Up: Northwest travels to Omaha, Neb., to take on Nebraska-Omaha Sept. 18. The Bearcats will take a 37-game MIAA winning streak into their conference opener.
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