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Northwest Missouri State−Pittsburg State
football rivalry
First contestedSeptember 30, 1932
Pittsburg State 25, Northwest 0
Number of meetings52
Most recent meetingOctober 6, 2018
Northwest Missouri 31, Pittsburg State 7
Next meetingOctober 12, 2018
All-time seriesNorthwest Missouri State, 27–25
Largest victoryNorthwest Missouri, 69–10 (2016)
Longest win streakPittsburg State, 10 (1983–1996)
Current streakPittsburg State, 1 (2017–present)
StadiumsBearcat Stadium

The Northwest Missouri State−Pittsburg State football rivalry, also known as the Fall Classic at Arrowhead, is a college football game between Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) rivals Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University. From 2002 to 2013, the game was played at Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The games were played at the teams' home field, due to being unable to reach terms with the Kansas City Chiefs, from 2014 to 2018.[1] The game is set to return to Arrowhead Stadium in 2019.[2]

OverviewEdit

While at Arrowhead, the Fall Classic drew more than 20,000 fans each year (including 26,695 in 2004), the largest attendance of any regular-season NCAA Division II sporting event.[citation needed]

Since 1991 the two MIAA rivals have appeared in 15 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 6–4, winning the titles in 1998, 1999, 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016 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.[3][4] 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 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2004 both teams were in the Top 10 including 2004 when they were #1 and #2.

On February 11, 2014 Northwest Missouri State announced on their website that they were unable to reach terms with the Kansas City Chiefs to continue the use of Arrowhead Stadium for the contest.[1]

Northwest won nine of the twelve games played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Game resultsEdit

Northwest Missouri State victoriesPittsburg State victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 September 30, 1932 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 25–0
2 September 29, 1933 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 33–6
3 September 15, 1934 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 7–0
4 September 15, 1944 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 26–13
5 October 13, 1944 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 33–2
6 October 8, 1960 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–6
7 October 7, 1961 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 35–0
8 September 15, 1973 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 14–10
9 September 14, 1974 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 13–0
10 September 13, 1975 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 38–14
11 September 11, 1976 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 24–0
12 September 10, 1977 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 27–14
13 September 9, 1978 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 30–10
14 September 8, 1979 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 21–14
15 September 6, 1980 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 33–7
16 September 5, 1981 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 9–6
17 September 10, 1983 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 28–7
18 October 7, 1989 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 27–13
19 November 28, 1989 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 28–7
20 October 6, 1990 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 49–14
21 October 5, 1991 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–0
22 October 3, 1992 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 31–14
23 October 30, 1993 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 38–12
24 October 29, 1994 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 49–7
25 November 11, 1995 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 22–14
26 November 16, 1996 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 40–0
27 October 25, 1997 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 15–14
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
28 October 24, 1998 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 23–18
29 September 18, 1999 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 27–21
30 September 16, 2000 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 35–28
31 October 13, 2001 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 35–31
32 October 17, 2002 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 29–7
33 November 15, 2003 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 20–19
34 November 6, 2004 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 21–17
35 November 27, 2004 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 50–36A
36 October 29, 2005 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 56–35
37 November 26, 2005 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 21–10A
38 November 4, 2006 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 41–14
39 October 6, 2007 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 37–34
40 October 4, 2008 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 35–10
41 November 22, 2008 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 38–35A
42 October 4, 2009 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 30–10
43 October 4, 2010 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 22–16
44 October 29, 2011 Kansas City, MO Pittsburg State 38–35
45 October 29, 2011 Pittsburg, KS Pittsburg State 41–16A
46 October 4, 2012 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 31–21
47 October 4, 2013 Kansas City, MO Northwest Missouri State 24–15
48 October 18, 2014 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 35–17
49 October 17, 2015 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 31–14
50 October 29, 2016 Maryville, MO Northwest Missouri State 69–10
51 October 28, 2017 Maryville, MO Pittsburg State 20–10
52 October 6, 2018 Pittsburg, KS Northwest Missouri State 31–7
Series: Northwest Missouri State leads 27–25

A During the 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2011 college football seasons, the Bearcats and Gorillas played twice; in this case, the second meeting was in the playoffs. All other seasons that the two teams played twice was considered a regular season game.

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