Football blown out by Northwest Missouri in homecoming game

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Carly Fristoe

 

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Lindenwood running back Kendell Sparks gets wrapped up by three Northwest Missouri State defenders. The Bearcats held LU to 122 total rushing yards in the Homecoming matchup.
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Phil Scherer | Reporter
Oct. 22, 2016; 6 p.m.

Lindenwood football lost its seventh consecutive game Saturday, losing 47-12 to Northwest Missouri State University, the top-ranked team in all of Division II football.

The Lions’ offense proved to be no match for the Bearcat defense for most of the game, picking up just 261 yards of total offense, compared to more than 500 yards for Northwest Missouri.

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Northwest running back Phil Jackson II runs the ball into the endzone during the first quarter to give the Bearcats a 14-0 lead.
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The Bearcats got their offense going early, picking up two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first a one-yard run play, and the second a 19-yard pass play to go up 14-0.

Lindenwood attempted to claw back into the contest toward the end of the first quarter as Allen Thigpen connected with Deantrell Prince for a touchdown, but the momentum was immediately evaporated when the extra point went wide, leaving the Lions with just six points.

Northwest extended it lead to 31-6 by halftime, effectively putting the game out of reach.

After both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter, the Lions had one more moment of glory as Thigpen led Lindenwood on a nine-play, 85 yard drive, capped off by his own 10-yard touchdown.

However, the extra point once again proved to be downfall of the team, as it was blocked and returned 98 yards by the Northwest special teams unit, which turned it into two points of their own.

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Lindenwood quarterback Allen Thigpen stiff arms a defender in the 47-12 loss to Northwest Missouri State
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Following two final touchdown drives by the Bearcats, the final score of Lindenwood’s annual homecoming game was 47-12.

In a losing effort, Thigpen put up respectable numbers both on the ground and through the air. He threw for 139 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts, despite being under fire from the Northwest Missouri defense all afternoon. On the ground, he ran the ball 18 times, picking up 88 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, linebacker Connor Harris picked up 10 more tackles during the game, extending his all-NCAA career tackles record even further. He now has 599 tackles in his illustrious career.

Lindenwood will once again take the field next Saturday, Oct. 29, on the road against the University of Nebraska-Kearney at 2 p.m.