Northwest Missouri State–Missouri Western football rivalry

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Northwest Missouri State–Missouri Western football rivalry
Northwest Missouri Bearcats Missouri Western Griffons

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 35
Series record Northwest leads, 23-12
First meeting September 19, 1981
Missouri Western 20, Northwest 8
Last meeting November 16, 2013
Northwest 51, Missouri Western 21
Next meeting November 1, 2014
Largest win Northwest, 42-0 (2010)
Longest win streak Northwest, 8 (2004-10)
Current win streak Northwest, 1 (2013-present)

The Northwest Missouri State–Missouri Western football rivalry between the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats football team and Missouri Western Griffons football team is between two Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association NCAA Division II rivals that are less than 50 miles apart.

The schools off the field are constantly competing for state funds in the same market ever since Missouri Western expanded from a junior college to a four year college in 1969 fulfilling a Missouri governor Warren Hearnes campaign promise to build the school St. Joseph, Missouri (2000 population 73,912).[1][2] At the time Northwest at Maryville (2000 population 10,581) founded in 1905 was the sole four-year state college in northwest Missouri.

In 1988 the state under John Ashcroft recommended that Northwest be closed altogether.[3]

In the wake of the ultimately abandoned proposal both schools have considerably ramped up their football programs with Northwest appearing in seven NCAA Division II National Football Championships (winning three) while Missouri Western has lured the Kansas City Chiefs to the campus for its summer training camp starting in 2010.

The rivalry on the field is a big draw. The biggest crowds at Spratt Stadium are 10,129 in 2009 and 9,007 in 2007.[4] A crowd of 9,346 attended the September 13, 2008 game—the second biggest at Northwest's Bearcat Stadium.[5] The 2010 game was attended by 10,805 the biggest in the stadium history.[6]

Game results[edit]

At the conclusion of the November 16, 2013 game, Northwest has a 23–12 edge.

Date Winner Venue NW Rank MW Rank NW Score MW score Notes
1981-09-19 Missouri Western St. Joseph - - 8 20 -
1982-09-18 Missouri Western Maryville - - 14 17 -
1983-09-17 Northwest St. Joseph - - 19 9 -
1984-09-22 Northwest Maryville - - 30 27 -
1985-09-21 Northwest St. Joseph - - 24 18 -
1986-09-20 Missouri Western Maryville - - 26 27 -
1987-09-19 Northwest St. Joseph - - 20 17 -
1988-09-17 Missouri Western Maryville - - 26 27 -
1989-09-02 Northwest St. Joseph - - 45 29 -
1990-09-01 Missouri Western Maryville - - 25 27 -
1991-10-26 Northwest St. Joseph - - 49 26 -
1992-10-24 Northwest Maryville - - 43 26 -
1993-09-18 Missouri Western St. Joseph - - 14 21 -
1994-09-17 Missouri Western Maryville - - 0 20 -
1995-10-14 Missouri Western St. Joseph - - 20 24 -
1996-10-19 Northwest Maryville 8 - 31 24 -
1997-09-27 Northwest St. Joseph 6 - 52 13 -
1998-09-27 Northwest Maryville 5 - 45 32 -
1999-10-09 Northwest St. Joseph 7 - 38 34 -
2000-10-07 Northwest Maryville 1 - 46 27 -
2001-11-03 Missouri Western Maryville - - 30 37 OT
2002-11-09 Northwest St. Joseph 4 - 13 10 -
2003-10-25 Missouri Western St. Joseph - - 27 30 OT
2004-10-16 Northwest Maryville 4 - 31 13 -
2005-09-17 Northwest St. Joseph 10 - 31 21 -
2006-09-23 Northwest Maryville 2 16 24 21 -
2007-09-15 Northwest St. Joseph 11 - 44 20 -
2008-09-13 Northwest Maryville 9 - 42 35 -
2009-10-03 Northwest St. Joseph 6 12 49 35 -
2010-10-02 Northwest Maryville 7 8 42 0 -
2010-11-20 Northwest Maryville 3 23 28 24 First-round playoffs
2011-11-05 Missouri Western St. Joseph 3 25 31 28 Won on a Missouri Western record field goal by Greg Zuerlein of 58 yards
2011-11-19 Northwest St. Joseph 7 17 35 29 First round playoffs
2012-11-10 Missouri Western Maryville 4 11 20 21 Missouri Western was down 17 at half and rallied win the game with 1:07 left. The game gave Missouri Western the MIAA title.
2013-11-16 Northwest St. Joseph 2 19 51 21

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