Northwest Missouri State−Pittsburg State football rivalry

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Northwest Missouri State−Pittsburg State
football rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting September 30, 1932
Pittsburg State 25, Northwest 0
Latest meeting October 29, 2016
Northwest Missouri 69, Pittsburg State 10
Next meeting 2017
Statistics
Meetings total 49
All-time series Northwest Missouri State, 26–24
Largest victory Northwest Missouri, 69–10 (2016)
Longest win streak Pittsburg State, 10 (1983–1996)
Current win streak Northwest Missouri State, 2 (2015–present)

The Northwest Missouri State−Pittsburg State football rivalry, formerly known as the Fall Classic at Arrowhead, is a college football game at Arrowhead Stadium that was held twelve times in Kansas City, Missouri from 2002–2013 between Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) rivals Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University. The games are now played at the teams' home field, due to being unable to reach terms with the Kansas City Chiefs.[1]

Overview[edit]

While at Arrowhead, the Fall Classic drew more than 20,000 fans each year (including 26,695 in 2004), the largest attendance of any regular-season NCAA Division II sporting event.[citation needed]

Since 1991 the two MIAA rivals have appeared in 15 NCAA Division II National Football Championship title games. Pittsburg State is 2–3 winning in 1991 and 2011, and was runner up in 1992, 1995 and 2004 (in addition it polled #1 in 1961). Northwest is 6–4, winning the titles in 1998, 1999, 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016 and was runner up in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition to the regular season games the two teams have also played each other in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011 in Division II playoff games.[2][3] The two teams have combined for at least a share of all but two MIAA championships since 1989.

In every matchup at Arrowhead except 2003, at least one of the teams was ranked in the Top 10 in Division II. In 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2004 both teams were in the Top 10 including 2004 when they were #1 and #2.

On February 11, 2014 Northwest Missouri State announced on their website that they were unable to reach terms with the Kansas City Chiefs to continue the use of Arrowhead Stadium for the contest.[1]

Northwest won nine of the twelve games played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Game results[edit]

Northwest Missouri State victories Pittsburg State victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 Sept. 30, 1932 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 25–0
2 Sept. 29, 1933 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 33–6
3 Sept. 15, 1934 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 7–0
4 Sept. 15, 1944 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 26–13
5 Oct. 13, 1944 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 33–2
6 Oct. 8, 1960 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–6
7 Oct. 7, 1961 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 35–0
8 Sept. 15, 1973 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 14–10
9 Sept. 14, 1974 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 13–0
10 Sept. 13, 1975 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 38–14
11 Sept. 11, 1976 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 24–0
12 Sept. 10, 1977 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 27–14
13 Sept. 9, 1978 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 30–10
14 Sept. 8, 1979 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 21–14
15 Sept. 6, 1980 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 33–7
16 Sept. 5, 1981 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 9–6
17 Sept. 10, 1983 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 28–7
18 Oct. 7, 1989 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 27–13
19 Nov. 28, 1989 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 28–7
20 Oct. 6, 1990 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 49–14
21 Oct. 5, 1991 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–0
22 Oct. 3, 1992 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 31–14
23 Oct. 30, 1993 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–12
24 Oct. 29, 1994 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 49–7
25 Nov. 11, 1995 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 22–14
26 Nov. 16, 1996 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 40–0
# Date Location Winner Score
27 Oct. 25, 1997 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 15–14
28 Oct. 24, 1998 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 23–18
29 Sept. 18, 1999 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 27–21
30 Sept. 16, 2000 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 35–28
31 Oct. 13, 2001 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 35–31
32 Oct. 17, 2002 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 29–7
33 Nov. 15, 2003 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 20–19
34 Nov. 6, 2004 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 21–17
35 Nov. 27, 2004 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 50–36A
36 Oct. 29, 2005 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 56–35
37 Nov. 26, 2005 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 21–10A
38 Nov. 4, 2006 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 41–14
39 Oct. 6, 2007 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 37–34
40 Oct. 4, 2008 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 35–10
41 Nov. 22, 2008 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 38–35A
42 Oct. 4, 2009 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 30–10
43 Oct. 4, 2010 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 22–16
44 Oct. 29, 2011 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 38–35
45 Oct. 29, 2011 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 41–16A
46 Oct. 4, 2012 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–21
47 Oct. 4, 2013 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 24–15
48 Oct. 18, 2014 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 35–17
49 Oct. 17, 2015 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 31–14
50 Oct. 29, 2016 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 69–10
Series: Northwest Missouri State leads 26–24

A During the 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2011 college football seasons, the Bearcats and Gorillas played twice; in this case, the second meeting was in the playoffs. All other seasons that the two teams played twice was considered a regular season game.

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