October 25, 2003
Bearcats Fall to Mo. West, 30-27, in Overtime
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University dropped a 30-27 overtime decision to Missouri Western Saturday at Spratt Stadium.
Things started well for Northwest. The Bearcats scored on the first play from scrimmage, when quarterback Josh Lamberson (Soph., Wilber, NEb.) hit Adam Otte (Sr., Maryville, Mo.) for a 71-yard touchdown pass. The only glitch for Northwest in the first half came on its next possession. Lamberson's pass was tipped and intercepted by T.J. Barnet for a 15-yard Mo. Western score.
Northwest broke the 7-7 tie when Corey Paetznick hit a 22-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. The Bearcats got a seven-yard TD pass from Lamberson to Otte and a two-yard touchdown run from Jamaica Rector (Jr., Celeste, Texas) in the second quarter and led 24-7 at the intermission.
Missouri Western shut Northwest out for the remainder of regulation play. Meanwhile, new Griffon quarterback Michael Cooper led MWSC to 17 unanswered points. The final seven points for Missouri Western in regulation came on a 23-yard pass from Cooper to Erick Fields with 39 seconds remaining. That score tied the game at 24-24, effectively sending the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Northwest stalled at the MWSC 8-yard line and settled for a 25-yard field goal from Paetznick. The three-pinter gave Northwest a 27-24 lead. But the lead didn't last long. Cooper rolled to the right, looking to pass, on the Griffons' first play in overtme. Cooper then reversed his field, picked up a couple blockers and scrambled into the left corner of the end zone for a 25-yard TD run, lifting Western to the 30-27 win.
Northwest fell to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA. Western is now 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the MIAA. The Bearcats are in action at home next week, hosting Truman State in the Old Hickory Stick game.
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