Wood Shatters Gridiron Greyhound Offensive Record Against #8 Bearcats

MARYVILLE, MO. — The Eastern New Mexico University football team (2-5) and eighth-ranked Northwest Missouri State (6-1) engaged in an offensive display in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Bearcat Stadium. After scoring on their first three possessions and blocking an extra point, the Greyhounds held a 20-13 lead, but the Bearcats pulled away to hand Eastern a 65-20 defeat.

During the first drive, junior quarterback Wesley Wood broke Kevin Kott’s ENMU career record for total offense, on a 12-yard run from the Bearcat 31-yard line on third-and-six. Kott compiled 6,082 yards over the 1983 and 1984 seasons, while Wood has 6,373 yards over 25 games, dating back to the 2009 season.

The Hounds’ opening drive went nine plays over 71 yards and was capped by a nine-yard touchdown catch from Arvin Jackson. The Bearcats quickly responded with a 52-second drive and tied the game on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Kilgore. Eastern’s offense continued to battle, with Wood completing four of his five pass attempts on the ensuing drive, which culminated with a 13-yard touchdown strike to Noelin Henry, for a 14-7 lead. Northwest Missouri State responded with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Brian Miller, but Sosefo Maka broke through the line to block the extra point, which allowed the Hounds to maintain a 14-13 edge. Eastern’s offense continued to click at that point, as Wood completed all seven passes on the next drive, including three to sophomore running back De’Coreyon Thomas for 38 yards. On the 11th play of the drive, Wood hit Darian Dale for a two-yard touchdown and a 20-13 ENMU lead. The Hounds were unable to complete the two-point attempt. At that point, the Bearcats, which entered the game as the top scoring offense in the nation, scored 52 consecutive points, to pull away for the win.

The Greyhounds held the ball for 34:17, marking the second time this season in which Eastern led time of possession. The game also marked Eastern’s first 100-yard rushing performance for the season, as the Hounds finished with 110 yards on the ground.

The Eastern New Mexico University football team will return to action next Saturday, when they visit West Texas A&M, for the first Wagon Wheel Game, since the 2009 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST.

Submitted by

Adam Pitterman

Director of Athletic Communications

Eastern New Mexico University

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