RiverHawks fall to No. 21 Central Missouri

NSU Athletics
Don Vieth, Director of Athletics Communications

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Northeastern State’s offense was held to 247 yards as #21 Central Missouri won 62-10 in the Mules’ home opener on Thursday evening.  The RiverHawks lone touchdown came in the first minutes of the fourth quarter with freshman Craig Davis scoring on a six yard rush up the gut.  On the ground, the RiverHawks picked up 23 more yards on the ground than in the air with 135 yards on 47 carries.  Thursday’s loss to the Mules (1-1) set the RiverHawks to 0-2 this season.

IN THE BOXSCORE

  • The RiverHawks scored on the opening drive off the game on a Brady Ellsworth 30-yard field goal before the Mules scored 48 unanswered points.
  • Cade Yeager was 13-for-30 with 98 passing yards.  The NSU sophomore now has 2015 career passing yards but did not have a touchdown in the loss.
  • Bacone junior transfer Kevin Jackson ran the ball a team high 11 times in his debut for NSU
  • Ja’len EvansTy Nichols, and J’Quille Washington all led the RiverHawks defense with six tackles.
  • Ryheem Brummitt led NSU receivers with five catches for 46 yards.

TURNING POINT

  • Central Missouri ended the first quarter with an 86-yard pass to the end zone on the first play of their drive to go up 17-3 on the RiverHawks.

EXTRA NOTES

  • Brady Ellsworth connected on his first career field goal in the first quarter.  The NSU true freshman had four punts that landed inside the 20-yard line, which was tied for second most in the RiverHawks’ NCAA Division II era.
  • Thursday’s game is the first time since Sept. 19, 2015 vs. Missouri Western State that the RiverHawks had more rushing yards than passing.
  • Time of possession on controlled by NSU who had the ball for 34:21.
  • NSU junior quarterback Jake Pruitt saw his first action in a RiverHawks’ uniform playing most of the second half.
  • Northeastern State is now 4-4 all-time at Central Missouri.  The RiverHawks hold an 8-6 series lead over the Mules.

UP NEXT 
The RiverHawks will return home to Doc Wadley Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 15 to face Pittsburg State at 7 p.m.