With only 35 seconds expired on the clock in the first quarter of the Mineral Water Bowl’s 48th Annual game, the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs’ quarterback, Charlie Kern, fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Joe Uzzell of the Pittsburg State Gorillas. Uzzell returned eight yards for the first touchdown of the game Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium at Excelsior Springs High School. Supporters from both teams braved the freezing temperatures to load the stands and cheer on their home teams.
Uzell’s TD was the first of 90 points the Gorillas put on the board to the Mustangs’ 28. Saturday was SMSU’s first appearance at the Mineral Water Bowl after a 7-4 NSIC Conference record. The Gorillas, 9-2 from the MIAA Conference, made their third appearance at the MWB and recorded their third bowl game win.
The rest of the first quarter was a trade, back and forth for both teams, but with the Gorillas winning the first quarter 24-14. Heading into halftime the Mustangs trailed the Gorillas 59-21. The third quarter didn’t improve much on the Mustangs’ score with another TD made by Gorilla Ramsey Hamilton with 13:18 on the clock. The Mustangs did respond with 1:56 left in the third with a Charlie Kern touchdown and a Lan Shuvellier kick, bringing the score into the fourth up to 69-28 still in the Gorillas’ favor.
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By Jae Juarez • firstname.lastname@example.org