Missouri State football blown out at North Dakota – News-Leader

A poor defensive performance from Missouri State has the Bears coming back to Springfield on a three-game losing streak.
Missouri State (2-3, 0-2) couldn’t do anything to slow down North Dakota (3-2, 1-1) in a 48-31 loss on Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The Bears’ defense gave up over 500 yards of offense for the third time under third-year head coach Bobby Petrino and it was the first time it’s allowed that many to an FCS opponent. The Bears, who held a 21-20 lead at halftime, were outscored 28-10 in the final 30 minutes and didn’t get a defensive stop in the entire second half.
The Bears were ranked as high as No. 7 in the country heading into the tough road environment. They certainly won’t be ranked near as high when updated polls are released on Monday morning.
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Missouri State’s tough stretch of games will continue at Plaster Stadium on Oct. 8 when the Bears host Southern Illinois at 2 p.m.
The Bears led by as many as 11 when they had a 21-10 lead with 2:36 to go in the first half. They had solid play from starting running back Jacardia Wright and Jason Shelley through the first two quarters and took advantage of a Von Young interception before halftime before Trae Thompson punched in a two-yard score for the lead.
Didn’t take long for the Bears to find the end zone. 1 minute, 58 seconds later… pic.twitter.com/Cy2cvuZl8y
Kevon Latulas for 6โƒฃ and the lead!#WakeTheBears pic.twitter.com/CMq0nAVbLC
Fullback touchdown? ๐—™๐˜‚๐—น๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป!#WakeTheBears pic.twitter.com/paJA6LvOll
That’s when the wheels started to fall off the bus for the Bears’ defense which allowed the Fighting Hawks to go 70 yards over two plays with Tommy Schuster connecting with Garett Maag for a 38-yard touchdown to bring it back within four. UND capitalized off of a Missouri State three-and-out and a pair of defensive mental mistakes to boot in a field goal right before the half.
๐Ÿ’ฐ Maag! #UNDproud | #LGH pic.twitter.com/H1pAilBrEJ
The second half looked like it was going to start perfectly for the Bears. A pooch kick on the opening kickoff hit the ground with the Bears recovering at the UND 29. The Bears followed by going three-and-out with Pizano missing a 38-yard field goal, his second miss of the game, to keep the score at 21-20.
On the fourth play following the missed field goal, UND tailback Tyler Hoosman found space on a run up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown run. A failed two-point conversion gave the Fighting Hawks a 26-21 lead early in the third.
The Hoos is loose! #UNDproud | #LGH pic.twitter.com/i2FWEpTRFk
After a Bears three-and-out, the Fighting Hawks struck again with a seven-plus minute drive that resulted in UND power-running backup quarterback Quincy Vaughn punching in his second touchdown of the game from inside the Bears’ five.
That’s โœŒ rushing TDs for Quincy and a โœŒ-score lead for the Hawks!#UNDproud | #LGH pic.twitter.com/QDIs8jsJgn
A later Isaiah Smith 54-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Schuster to Maag made the score 48-24 in the final minutes. The Bears scored a garbage-time touchdown for the game to end at 48-31.
Maag makin’ them look silly today. #UNDproud | #LGH pic.twitter.com/nx5iXuHmEN
North Dakota rushed for 248 total yards while throwing for 267. Schuster completed two touchdowns to Maag who finished the game with five catches for 104 yards. Hoosman rushed for 147 yards with Smith going for 78.
Missouri State had 271 passing yards from Shelley with three touchdowns. Two of his scores went to Naveon Mitchell and the other going to Kevon Latulas. Wright rushed for 97 yards on the ground as the Bears finished with 118 net rushing yards.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email atย [email protected]ย or Twitter atย @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s alsoย the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

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