A late interception set up Missouri Western’s game-winning touchdown Thursday night at St. Joseph as the Griffons beat the University of Central Missouri Mules 10-9 in the season opener.
The interception set the Griffons up deep in Mules territory with the Mules up 9-3. Missouri Western got the score and extra point to go up with about a minute and a half left.
A penalty put the Mules at their own 10-yard line with 1:23 remaining and three timeouts. The Mules converted a 4th-and-inches near the Missouri Western 35-yard line with seven seconds remaining. Hayden Hawk then completed a pass to Tristan McClelland, but he failed to get out of bounds and the clock ran out.
The Mules recorded 281 rushing yards compared to Missouri Western’s 165 yards. Hawk was 23-40 for 210 yards and one interception. LaVance Taylor ran for 109 yards. Missouri Western threw for 74 yards.
The Mules had a missed 26-yard field goal and a blocked PAT during the game. The Mules have lost 11 of the past 12 games against the Griffons.
UCM hosts Emporia State at 7 p.m. Thursday.