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|Junior wide receiver Matt Jacobsen was part of an unbelievable UCM offensive blitz of Pittsburg State this fall.|
Some plays in sports become bigger than the game, even an entire season. They become ingrained into popular culture. The Immaculate Reception. The Catch. This fall, that moment happened for UCM. Call it The Game.
In a 7-3 year that just missed post-season excitement, the Mules football team pulled off a drubbing of longtime archrival Pittsburg State, giving UCM fans bragging rights far into the future.
Nobody saw it coming. Pittsburg State came to town ranked #1 in NCAA-II in scoring and rushing offense and #2 in total offense. The Mules were playing without two of their top defensive linemen and a third slowed by an injury.
Yet, it was the Mules who rolled up the yards and the points, ending with an unbelievable score that read more like a basketball game. The 83-21 victory was a UCM record against an MIAA opponent. The 62-point loss was the worst in the modern-era of Pittsburg State football (since World War II).
Central Missouri (7-3, 5-3 MIAA) set team records for rushing yards (428, breaking the mark of 420 vs. Emporia State in 1969) and total offense (704 yards, breaking the record of 672 vs. Eastern Illinois in 1969).
Individually, the Mules piled up some record numbers as well, including most yards rushing,276 by Will Caldwell; most rushing touchdowns, 5, by Caldwell; and points, 30, by Caldwell. Spencer Webb tied his own record for extra points at 11.
Sophomore free safety Kendall Ricketts also established a new school mark for interception returns for touchdowns with his 45-yard return with 32 seconds left in the second quarter.