Sept. 25, 2010
Old Hickory Stick stays green
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Billy Creason carried for a career-high 169 yards and three touchdowns and Blake Bolles passed for two scores as seventh-ranked Northwest Missouri State beat Truman 44-10 Saturday at a rain-soaked Stokes Stadium.
The win allows the Bearcats (2-1, 2-0 MIAA) to reclaim possession of the Old Hickory Stick for the ninth consecutive year. Northwest has won 14 of the last 15 meetings in a series that boasts the oldest traveling trophy in Division II.
Northwest scored the game's first 17 points, forced two first-half turnovers and took a 30-3 into the break. Creason gained 71 yards on nine carries in the first half and totaled two touchdowns. Bolles completed 10-of-14 passes for 149 yards before halftime and threw touchdown passes to Josh Baker (12 yards) and Tyler Shaw (4 yards).
The Bearcats traveled 65 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession, then recovered a muffed return on the ensuing kickoff. Todd Adolf kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Northwest a 10-0 lead before Truman's offense had run an offensive play. Adolf's kick was the Bearcats' first attempted field goal in eight games dating back to last season.
Northwest limited Truman to 85 yards in the first half and capitalized on another special teams turnover just before halftime. Truman return man Donald Harvey broke free from Northwest's initial surge of defenders, but was caught and stripped by Marcus Martin near midfield.
Adolf recovered and Bolles marched Northwest 46 yards in eight plays. He completed an 18-yard slant to John Hinchey on 4th-and-9 from the 25-yard line to extend the drive, then found Shaw in the back of the end zone on the next play to make it 30-3 with 25 seconds left in the half.
It was 37-3 after Kelvin Austin leaped in from a yard out in the middle of the third quarter. Austin carried 16 times for a career-high 70 yards for Northwest. He also caught a 60-yard screen pass in the first half that set up a Creason 1-yard score in the second quarter.
Northwest attempted just three passes in the second half, but added 120 yards on the ground. The Bearcats ran for a season-high 269 yards on the day. Truman finished with 217 yards of offense compared to 418 for Northwest.
Bolles spread his 10 completions to seven different receivers. Jake Soy caught two passes for 15 yards and went without a touchdown pass for the first time in six games dating back to last year.
Nothwest cornerback Ryan Jones picked off a pass for the second time in as many games. He now has 10 collegiate interceptions. Three defensive linemen - Josh Lorenson, Kyle Sunderman and Shayne Shade - led Northwest with six tackles each. Truman (2-2, 0-2) completed just seven passes in the contest.
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