Maryville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team had issues getting its offense going today and couldn't click in a 43-7 loss at second-ranked Northwest Missouri.
The Lions (5-3, 4-3 MIAA) were held scoreless until the fourth quarter. Southern rushed for just 221 yards, 115 below its game average and threw the ball just three times the entire game.
Northwest (8-0, 7-0 MIAA) had 164 yards on the ground and 204 through the air, hitting 14-21 of its passes and averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
The Bearcats scored first, as Robert Burton took a handoff and rushed for three yards to pay dirt to put Northwest up 7-0 with 11:10 left in the first. Kicker Ben Trewyn connected on a 36-yard field goal with six minutes left in the first to put Northwest up 10-0 and Billy Creason addded a five-yard rushing score to give the Bearcats a 17-0 lead at the half.
Northwest scored twice in the third quarter on an 8-yard run from Bryce Young and a 1-yard dive from Brady Bolles. The Bearcats added two more scores in the fourth, a 11-yard pass from Bolles to Creason and a two-yard run from Kyle Zimmerman.
The Lions got on the board with four minutes left in the fourth when Ty'Quan Hayes found a hole and ripped off a 20-yard touchdown run, the first of his career.
Chris Barnwell led the rushing attack for the Lions as the junior had 104 yards on 16 carries. Hayes had the lone rushing touchdown of the game. Jay McDowell went 1-3 passing, as the Lions didn't throw the ball in the second half.
Defensively, Gaige Washington led the Lions with 11 tackles, ten of them being solo. Elijah Swen had an interception in the end zone, while Dalvin Taylor, Brennen Nora and Gatlin Ridgway all had sacks.
Southern will be back in action next week as the Lions play host to Lindenwood for Homecoming at 2 pm inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium.