Nick McCutcheon, Director of Athletic Marketing and Communication
TEXARKANA, Ark. – The 300th all-time win for Missouri Western football came in the final game of its 50thseason. The Griffons (9-3) trounced Henderson State (9-3) in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl to reach nine wins for the first time since 2012 and break a program record with its 11th straight win away from St. Joseph.
Missouri Western controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season. Anthony Williams intercepted the Reddies’ second play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the Griffon defense early. Markel Smith gave MWSU a 7-0 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter after both teams showed some rust early in the game. Missouri Western elected to twice go for it on fourth down inside the Henderson State red zone and failed to convert either time, allowing Henderson State to tie the game with 5:04 left in the first half.
Blake Burau capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive that took 4:23 off the clock with a four-yard touchdown catch from Wyatt Steigerwald. Burau’s TD put MWSU up 14-7 with 34 seconds left in the half. MWSU scored on its first four possessions of the second half. The final touchdown was a 16-yard pass to Luke Vang. The Griffons originally lined up to kick a field goal on 4th and two from the Henderson State 16, but kicker Sam Avilesmotioned out as a receiver and Steigerwald to his quarterback position before hitting a wide open Vang to put MWSU up 35-14.