Scores

Final

Northwestern St 23

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Missouri State 17

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Plaster Sports Complex, Springfield, MO

1 2 3 4 T
NWST 0 10 7 623
MOSU 0 7 10 017

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Adkins (NWST) - 233 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Harris (MOSU) - 7 CAR, 51 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Ryan (NWST) - 6 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern State beats Missouri State 23-17

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Zach Adkins' 51-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter snapped a tie to lift Northwestern State to a 23-17 victory over Missouri State Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Adkins was 24-for-37 for 233 yards and rushed for a touchdown late in the third quarter to tie the score at 17. Shakeir Ryan's game-winning TD catch from Adkins was one of his six receptions in the contest.

Demons' coach Jay Thomas made a good first impression in his debut, leading the Southland Conference school to its first road-win since 2011.

The Bears' Kierra Harris rushed for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Missouri Valley Conference representative the lead. Austin Witmer's 42-yard field goal stretched the Bears' advantage to 17-10, but it would be their last score.

This is the first time the Demons and Bears have played each other in 24 years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NWST
MOSU
1st Downs2516
Total Yards405312
Passing233189
Rushing172123
Penalties11-764-42
3rd Down Conversions8-185-16
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Turnovers21
Possession33:1426:46

Passing Leaders

Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adkins24/372336.312
Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris17/331895.700

Rushing Leaders

Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker17563.3011
Taylor8546.8130
Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris7517.3217
Cooper-Falls12413.4011

Receiving Leaders

Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ryan67312.2151
Mitchell44310.8020
Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Buford57014.0025
Burton56713.4053

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNWSTMOSU
TD14:20Daniel Taylor 30 Yd Run (Chris Moore Kick) 70
TD09:17Kierra Harris 1 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 77
FG00:00Chris Moore 44 Yd 107
THIRD QUARTERNWSTMOSU
TD13:14Kierra Harris 1 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 1014
FG08:57Austin Witmer 42 Yd 1017
TD02:28Zach Adkins 4 Yd Run (Chris Moore Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERNWSTMOSU
TD14:36Shakeir Ryan 51 Yd Pass From Zach Adkins (Pat Blocked) 2317