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The Fall Classic at Arrowhead is a college football game at Arrowhead Stadium that has been held in Kansas City, Missouri since 2002 between Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) rivals Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University.

OverviewEdit

The games which have drawn more than 20,000 fans except for one (including 26,695 in 2004) has the largest attendance of any NCAA Division II sporting event.

Since 1992 the two MIAA rivals have appeared 10 NCAA Division II National Football Championship title games. Pittsburg State is 2-3 winning in 1991 and 2011, and was runner up in 1992, 1995 and 2004 (in addition it polled #1 in 1961). Northwest is 3-4, winning the titles in 1998, 1999 and 2009 and was runner up in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition to the regular season games the two teams have also played each other in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011 in Division II playoff games.[1][2] The two teams have combined for at least a share of all but two MIAA championships since 1989.

In every matchup at Arrowhead except 2003 at least one of the teams was ranked in the Top 10 in Division II. In 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004 both teams were in the Top 10 including 2004 when they were #1 and #2.

At the conclusion of the December 3, 2011 game, Northwest leads 7-4 in games played at Arrowhead and Pittsburg lead Northwest 23-22 on the series. The teams are 2-2 in playoffs against each other.

Game resultsEdit

Date NW Rank Pitt Rank Host NW Score Pitt Score Winner Notes
1932-09-30 - - Pittsburg025Pitt
1933-09-29 - - Maryville633Pitt
1934-11-29 - - Pittsburg07Pitt
1944-09-15 - - Pittsburg2613NW
1944-10-13 - - Maryville332NW
1960-10-08 - - Pittsburg638Pitt
1961-10-07 - - Maryville035Pitt
1973-09-15 - - Pittsburg1410NW
1974-09-14 - - Maryville130NW
1975-09-13 - - Maryville2814NW
1976-09-11 - - Pittsburg240NW
1977-09-10 - - Maryville2714NW
1978-09-09 - - Pittsburg1030Pitt
1979-09-08 - - Maryville1421Pitt
1980-09-06 - - Pittsburg733Pitt
1981-09-05 - - Maryville96NW
1983-09-10 - - Pittsburg728Pitt
1989-10-07 - - Pittsburg1327Pitt
1989-11-18 10 - Pittsburg728Pitt
1990-10-06 - - Maryville1449Pitt
1991-10-05 - - Pittsburg038Pitt
1992-10-03 - Maryville1431Pitt
1993-10-30 - - Pittsburg1238Pitt
1994-10-29 - - Maryville749Pitt
1995-11-11 - - Pittsburg1422Pitt
1996-11-16 2 7 Maryville040Pitt
1997-10-25 5 2 Pittsburg1514NW
1998-10-24 3 18 Maryville2318NW
1999-09-18 1 10 Pittsburg2721NW
2000-09-16 1 6 Maryville3528NW
2001-10-13 11 6 Pittsburg3531NW
2002-10-17 5 11 Kansas City297NW
2003-11-15 - - Kansas City2019NW
2004-11-06 2 1 Kansas City1721Pitt
2004-11-27 4 1 Pittsburg3650PittPlayoff
2005-10-29 16 4 Kansas City3556Pitt
2005-11-26 21 3 Pittsburg2110NWPlayoff
2006-11-04 2 8 Kansas City4114NW
2007-10-06 9 16 Kansas City3734NWAt the end of regulation Jared Wrick of Pitt State missed a 31 yard field goal at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. Wrick, redeemed himself by making a 42 yard field goal to give Pitt State the lead. The ensuing possession for Northwest was capped off by Xavier Omon. With Northwest down 34-31 and at 4th & Goal from the 1, they decided to go for the win instead of sending the game into a second overtime. With the handoff, Omon leaped over the pile of linemen and rolled into the endzone capping a 37-34 come from behind victory in the first overtime game ever played in this storied rivalry.
2008-10-04 7 6 Kansas City3510NW
2008-11-22 3 10 Maryville3835NWPlayoff
2009-09-12 7 4 Kansas City3010NW
2010-11-13 3 Kansas City2216NW
2011-10-01 1 15 Kansas City3538PittGame winning field goal by Chase McCoy as time expired. Northwest had an early 21-0 lead and Pittsburg had 28 unanswered points. Northwest tied it at 35-35 with 3:16 left in a fourth and 11 play in a Trevor Adams to Jake Soy pass. The loss snapped Northwest's record 49 consecutive victories in the MIAA.[3]
2011-12-03 7 6 Pittsburg1641PittPlayoff-Quarterfinal. Game played in driving rain and broadcast on NCAA online. Bearcats led 10-0 at end of first quarter and it was tied at half.
2012-10-13 7 1 Kansas City3121NW

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