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Defense comes up big in second half in 17-14 win at Northeastern State

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The Missouri Southerndefense came up big in the second-half, holding Northeastern State scoreless inthe second half and limiting the RiverHawks to just 90 yards, as the Lionsdefeated NSU 17-14 today in action at Doc Wadley Stadium. 

Southern(2-0, 2-0 MIAA) out gained NSU 303 to 281 in the game, with 218 yards on theground for the Lions and 85 yards through the air.

NSU (0-2, 0-2MIAA) picked up a solid defensive effort, as well, as the RiverHawks held theLions scoreless, as well in the final frame. Langston Jones led all tacklerswith 21 stops in the game. 

Both teamsscored on their possessions in the first quarter, as NSU took the openingkickoff and drove 75 yards on nine plays and Nick Whitlow caught a six-yardpass from Thor Long to put the RiverHawks on top 7-0 early on. 

The Lionsanswered back and GiresseForchu had a nine-yard run with 6:04 left in the quarter to cap off anine-play, 72 yard drive of their own to tie the game. However, the RiverHawkswould put together a ten-play, 90-yard drive to end the quarter and go up 14-7at the end of the first quarter.

The secondquarter was all Lions. Southern held the ball for 13:15 of the 15 minutes inthe quarter. JayMcDowell capped off an 11-play, 64-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown runto tie the game with 9:56 left in the half. SeanSeefeldt added a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the Lions a17-14 lead at the half. 

Neither teamscored in the third quarter and with NSU driving, GaigeWashington intercepted a Long pass in the endzone to stop the drive. TheLions, however, couldn't capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt forthe fifth time in the second half. 

After theLions punted, NSU was forced with a fourth down try and RyonPhillips came up with a big stop and gave Southern the ball back with 3:41left in the game. Southern would hold on for the victory as a last-second puntby StewartQuinn ran out the clock. 

The Lionsheld the ball for 33 minutes in the game and again won the time of possessionbattle as NSU had 26 minutes on offense. 

GiresseForchu led the rushing attack for the Lions as the sophomore had 81 yards and atouchdown. Jay McDowell had 62 yards on the ground and a touchdown and hecompleted 3-5 passes for 38 yards. Seefeldt had the game-winning field goal, a31 yarder in the second. 

Defensively, GatlinRidgway had seven tackles, including one for a loss and a quarterbackhurry, while JasonBrown had six stops and DalvinTaylor picked up five. Washington had an interception in the game. 

The Lionswill be back in action next weekend when Southern plays host to LincolnUniversity at 2:37 pm inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium. The game will be part ofthe MIAA TV network and will be Hall of Fame weekend as the Lions induct BryceDarnell, Seth Isringhausen, Yancy McKnight and Stacy (Harter) Smith to the MSSUAthletics Hall of Fame. 

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