Missouri Western–Northwest Missouri State football rivalry

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Missouri Western–Northwest Missouri State football rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting September 19, 1981
Missouri Western 20, Northwest 8
Latest meeting November 1, 2014
Northwest Missouri 40, Missouri Western 3
Next meeting October 31, 2015
Statistics
Meetings total 36
All-time series Northwest leads, 24–12
Largest victory Northwest Missouri, 42–0 (2010)
Longest win streak Northwest Missouri, 8 (2004–10)
Current win streak Northwest Missouri, 2 (2013–present)
Missouri Western–Northwest Missouri State football rivalry is located in Missouri
Missouri Western
Missouri Western
Northwest Missouri
Northwest Missouri
Locations in Missouri

The Missouri Western–Northwest Missouri State football rivalry between the Missouri Western Griffons football team and Northwest Missouri State Bearcats 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]

Missouri Western victories Northwest Missouri State victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 Sept. 19, 1981 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 20–8
2 Sept. 18, 1982 Maryville, MO Missouri Western 17–14
3 Sept. 17, 1983 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 19–9
4 Sept. 22, 1984 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 30–27
5 Sept. 21, 1985 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 24–18
6 Sept. 20, 1986 Maryville, MO Missouri Western 27–16
7 Sept. 19, 1987 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 20–17
8 Sept. 17, 1988 Pittsburg, KS Missouri Western 27–16
9 Sept. 2, 1989 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 45–29
10 Sept. 1, 1990 Maryville, MO Missouri Western 47–25
11 Oct. 26, 1991 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 49–26
12 Oct. 24, 1992 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 43–26
13 Sept. 18, 1993 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 21–14
14 Sept. 17, 1994 Maryville, MO Missouri Western 20–0
15 Sept. 14, 1995 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 24–20
16 Oct. 19, 1996 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–24
17 Sept. 27, 1997 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 52–13
18 Sept. 26, 1998 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 45–32
19 Oct. 9, 1999 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 38–34
20 Oct. 7, 2000 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 46–27
21 Nov. 3, 2001 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 37–30
22 Nov. 9, 2002 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 13–10
23 Oct. 25, 2003 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Western 30–27
24 Oct. 16, 2004 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–13
25 Sept. 17, 2005 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–21
26 Sept. 23, 2006 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 24–21
27 Sept. 15, 2007 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 44–20
28 Sept. 13, 2008 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 42–35
29 Oct. 3, 2009 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 49–35
30 Oct. 2, 2010 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 42–0
31 Nov. 20, 2010 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 28–24A
32 Nov. 5, 2011 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–28
33 Nov. 19, 2011 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 35–29A
34 Nov. 10, 2012 Maryville, MO Missouri Western 21–20
35 Nov. 16, 2013 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 51–21
36 Nov. 1, 2014 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 40–3
37 Oct. 31, 2015 St. Joseph, MO Northwest Missouri State 24–10
Series: Northwest Missouri State leads 26–11

A During the 2010 and 2011 college football seasons, the Griffons and Bearcats played twice; in this case, the second meeting was in the playoffs.

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