WARRENSBURG, Mo. – No. 20 Central Missouri (2-1) racked up 598 yards of total offense in a 51-14 win over the Missouri Western football team (1-2) on Saturday.
After UCM jumped out to a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter, Missouri Western chopped away and got within two scores after Dom Marino hit Derek Gray Jr. for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 9:08 left in the third. The Mules slammed the door with 24 unanswered points to hand the Griffons their second loss of the season.
UCM led 21-0 after one quarter of play and made it 24-0 with a field goal early in the second quarter. Marino put MWSU on the board two minutes later with a 33-yard touchdown run that capped a five-play, 74-yard Griffon drive. Central Missouri led 27-7 in the third quarter when the Mules fumbled a punt return on their own seven yard line. Marino hit Gray three plays later to get the Griffons within 13. It was all Central Missouri from that point on. The Mules scored on plays of 55, 64 and 40 yards in the game, passing for 435 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
Missouri Western totaled 205 yards of offense with 98 on the ground and 107 threw the air.
The Griffons return home for two-straight games on Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. It will be Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Sept. 22 when the Griffons host Northeastern State for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
— MWSU Athletics —