The Bearcats took the second meeting at Arrowhead 20-19 behind a blocked field goal.After that, the Chiefs invited both teams back to make itan annual game and share all of the responsibility and revenuein a three-way partnership. The front office of the Chiefs had alot to do with turning the Fall Classic into a long-term deal.“Lamar Hunt, who was the owner of the Chiefs, was a bigfan of college football,” Boerigter said. “And Carl Peterson,who was the long-time president, started his coaching career ata Division II school. He had a warm spot in his heart for Division II athletics, particularly Division II football.”The third year of the partnership was arguably the mostsuccessful year of the series. It was a faceoff of No. 1 versus No. 2 in front of an MIAA-record crowd of 26,695. No. 1Pittsburg State defeated Northwest 21-17 for its first victory inthe Fall Classic.“Every year, that’s the biggest crowd we play in front of by far,” head coach Mel Tjeerdsma said. “We play in a National Championship game and we have 7,000-8,000 (fans).We play at Arrowhead and the first eight years we’ve playedthere, we’ve averaged over 21,000.”The following year, Pitt State gave Northwest its lastMIAA loss with a 56-33 victory.The Bearcats have since won 45 straight MIAA contests,including the last four meetings with the Gorillas. Three of thelast four games have come with both teams ranked in the Top10.