Viking Football Beats Northwestern in Double Overtime

Posted November 22, 2014

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Marshall, Mo. (November 22, 2014)- The No. 5 Missouri Valley College football team hosted No. 12 Northwestern (Iowa) College Saturday at Gregg-Mitchell Field in the 2014 NAIA Football Championship Series First Round.  The Vikings rallied late and eventually knocked off the Red Raiders in double-overtime 20-17.

 

The Viking defense opened the game with a big play, forcing a turnover on Northwestern’s opening possession.  Sophomore Linebacker Ricky Williams (Florida City, Fla.) forced a fumble deep in Red Raider territory, which was recovered by Senior Defensive Back Byron Evans (Chicago, Ill.) at the Northwestern 27-yard line.  Four plays later, Senior Quarterback Bruce Reyes (Beaumont, Texas) found Junior Wide Receiver Dylan McDaniel (Ventura, Calif.) for a 10-yard touchdown, with Senior Kicker Daniel Mouro’s (Hilmar, Calif.) extra-point giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 12:30 to play in the first quarter.

 

Northwestern tried to answer back on its next possession, going 60 yards over 10 plays.  However, the Red Raiders had to settle for a 32-yard field goal attempt, but the kick sailed wide-left, keeping the score 7-0 in favor of the Vikings with eight minutes to play in the first quarter.

 

Neither team was able to get much going offensively through the rest of the first quarter, as the two teams traded punts.  Northwester was able to put together a scoring drive midway through the second quarter, running off ten plays and traveling 82 yards.  Eventually, the Red Raiders found the endzone on an 11-yard pass play and tied the game at 7-7 with just under eight minutes to play before halftime.

 

Three more punts were taken between the two teams through the middle part of the second quarter, but the Northwestern defense made a big play late in the quarter to set up another score.  Reyes had a pass intercepted, setting up the Red Raiders at the Viking three-yard line.  The MVC defense made three plays at the one-yard line, including a Senior Defensive Back Michael Barnes (Beaumont, Texas) tackle for a two-yard loss that forced Northwestern to attempt a field goal.  The 20-yard attempt was good, and the teams went into the halftime break with the Red Raiders leading 10-7.

 

Missouri Valley got the ball to start the second half, but failed to put a drive together.  Northwestern had its first possession of the half start deep in its own territory and faced a third-and-short situation at its own 26-yard line.  Senior Defensive Lineman Ty Phillips (East St. Louis, Ill) nearly created another turnover for the Viking defense, sacking the Northwestern quarterback and forcing a fumble.  However, the fumble was recovered by Northwestern, and the Red Raiders were forced to punt.

 

The two teams played out the rest of the third quarter without a score, although the Vikings did threaten midway through the third.  MVC got the ball to the Northwestern 25-yard line, but Freshman Quarterback Darius Adams (St. Louis, Mo.) fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Red Raiders.

 

Northwestern tried to add points on the board early in the fourth quarter, putting together an eight—play drive that moved the ball to the MVC 29-yard line.  However, the Viking defense forced a field goal attempt, and the kick once again sailed wide-left, keeping the score at 10-7 in favor of the Red Raiders.

 

The Vikings were able to get more points on the board, but it came late in the game.  Missouri Valley started a drive at its own 27-yard line down 10-7 with just under six minutes to play in the fourth quarter.  MVC was helped by a 15-yard penalty called on Northwestern, followed by a 39-yard pass from Reyes to Junior Wide Receiver Ricky Fuentes (Modesto, Calif.) that put the ball at the Northwestern 15-yard line.  Six plays later, Sophomore Running Back Malachi Daniels (Branson, Mo.) capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, and MVC tied the game at 10-10 with 1:30 to play.

 

The Red Raiders began their last drive of regulation at their own 23-yard line, but were forced to punt after three incomplete passes.  The Vikings had their last possession start at their own 23-yard line and quickly moved the ball to the Red Raider 25-yard line.  However, the Vikings had three-straight incomplete passes and a delay of game penalty that results in Mouro attempting a 47-yard field goal as time expired.  The kick fell short, and the two teams went into overtime tied at 10-10.

 

The first overtime period featured touchdowns by both teams.  Missouri Valley had the first possession and ran off eight plays, capping the drive off with a Daniels one-yard touchdown.  Northwestern answered on its possession, getting its touchdown on a fourth-down play to tie the game at 17-17, sending the game into a second overtime.

 

Northwestern took the first possession of the second overtime period and drove down to the Viking one-yard line.  The Red Raiders were stuffed on a third down rushing attempt by Freshman Defensive Lineman Kyrton Kilgore (Florissant, Mo.) and Freshman Jacob King (Blue Springs, Mo.), then had a fourth down pass attempt fell incomplete, as the Red Raiders ended their second overtime possession with no points.

 

The Vikings handed the ball off to Daniels on three-straight plays, gaining seven yards.  Mouro lined up a 35-yard field goal attempt, which he made to give Missouri Valley the 20-17 win and put the team into the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals for the third-straight year.

 

Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Reyes who finished 13 of 31 for 140 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.  He also added 28 rushing yards.  Daniels had 93 yards rushing and 19 yard receiving with one touchdown.  McDaniel had six receptions for 57 yards and a score.  Reyes was named the game’s Most Valuable Offensive Player.  The Vikings finished with 321 total yards of offense.

 

Senior Linebacker Larry “Toa” Hogan (San Bernardino, Calif.) led the defense with 12 tackles, including one sack.  Junior Linebacker Roy Hale (Riverside, Calif.) had 11 tackles while Barnes added eight tackles with one tackle for loss.  Phillips finished with seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.  The Vikings also had six pass break-ups in the game, with four coming from Freshman Defensive Back Koby Lowe (Bellflower, Calif.).  MVC gave up 292 total yards, with 123 yards on the ground.  Hogan was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.

 

Mouro finished two for three on field goal attempts and converted both of his PAT’s.  Senior Punter Jason Mayden (Carrollton, Mo.) tied a career-high with nine punts with an average of 33.4 yards per punt.  He landed three punts inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 47 yards.  Mouro was named the Most Valuable Special Teams Player.

 

The win moves Missouri Valley to 9-2 on the season while Northwestern’s season comes to an end with an 8-3 record.

 

The Vikings advance to the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals for the third-straight season, and the fifth time overall under Head Coach Paul Troth.  The quarterfinals will be played Saturday Nov. 29.  Missouri Valley will learn its opponent and game location Sunday.  The Vikings are one of only two programs to advance to the quarterfinal round in each of the past three NAIA FCS.  Morningside (Iowa) is the only other program to have the same accomplishment..

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu



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