Oct. 9, 2010
41 and counting...
JOPLIN, Mo.-Sixth-ranked Northwest Missouri State scored touchdowns on all five first-half possessions, led 35-7 at the break and cruised to a 49-21 win against Missouri Southern Saturday night at Hughes Stadium.
The win is Northwest's 41st consecutive in MIAA play, equaling the league record set by the Bearcats from 1997-2001. Northwest can do one better at home next Saturday against Emporia State (5-2).
Northwest quarterback Blake Bolles passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns while wide out Jake Soy had a career-high 161 yards receiving and two scores. The Bearcats racked up 504 yards of offense - 324 in the first half - against a defense that was surrendering less than 280 per game coming in.
Bolles became the fifth Northwest quarterback to throw for more than 6,000 yards and passed both Travis Miles (6,201) and John McMenamin (6,225) to move into third place on the program's passing list with 6,226 yards. Bolles is 1,231 yards behind record-holder Chris Greisen.
Missouri Southern (2-4, 0-4 MIAA) entered as the second-best rushing team in the MIAA at nearly 210 yards per game but mustered 29 yards on 17 carries in the first half. Northwest sacked quarterback Collin Howard four times in the first half and five times in the game. Josh Lorenson finished with two sacks and had four stops behind the line.
Northwest (4-1, 4-0) didn't need more than four minutes on any of its first-half scores. The Bearcats converted a 4th-and-4 on its opening drive that was later capped by a 16-yard strike from Bolles to Tyler Shaw. Jordan Simmons swept in from three yards out on a fourth down in the second quarter that made it 28-7. Bolles made it 35-7 when he hit Soy along the left sideline from 24 yards out just before the break.
Soy caught a 53-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that made it 42-7. Soy made the catch at the 15, knocked down the defender, then stepped through him before trotting into the end zone.
It wasn't the only highlight for Soy.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter, Soy caught a 12-yard pass and pitched to Simmons while being tackled. Simmons added 46 yards to the play before being stopped at the 4. Kelvin Austin carried in from there on the next play to make it 14-0.
Simmons and Austin combined to carry 30 times for 142 yards and three scores. Simmons had 190 all-purpose yards - 90 rushing, 61 receiving and 40 on two kick returns.
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