November 1, 2003
'Cats Shut Out Truman, Retain Hickory Stick
MARYVILLE , Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University pitched its first shutout since 2001 and Jamaica Rector set a school record Saturday. The Bearcats shut out Truman State 37-0 and retained the Old Hickory Stick.
It was the 69th meeting in the Old Hickory Stick series, the oldest trophy game in NCAA Division II .
Northwest opened the scoring with a 27-yard Corey Paetznick(Fr., Des Moines, Iowa) field goal midway through the first quarter. Jamaica Rector (Jr., Celeste, Texas) gave the Bearcats a 10-0 lead after Truman's next possession. Rector returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, down the Northwest sideline.
The Bearcats took a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter. Quarterback T.J. Mandl (Jr., Kansas City, Mo.), making his first start since Sept. 13, scored on a five-yard run. That score capped a five-play, 72-yard drive, highlighted by Mandl's 36-yard pass to Jared Findley (Sr., Grant City, Mo.). Paetznick's PAT was no good.
Midway through the third quarter, Mandl found a wide-open Rector for a 43-yard touchdown pass. That TD pass gave Rector the Northwest career receiving yardage record. It also tied the Northwest career receptions record. Rector now has 186 receptions for 3,086 yards. The Paetznick PAT after the record-breaking TD catch put Northwest up 23-0.
Rector's younger brother Andre Rector (Soph., Celeste, Texas) got into the act in the fourth quarter. The younger Rector took a 25-yard pass from running back Mitch Herring (Jr., Maryville, Mo.) for a score and a 30-0 Northwest lead. Andre Rector led all receivers in the game with six receptions for 102 yards.
The Bearcats finished the scoring when Troy Tysdahl (Jr., Hubbard, Iowa) intercepted a Truman pass at the Bulldog 15-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. Paetznick's PAT accounted for the final tally of 37-0.
Truman put together 243 yards of offense, but just 56 yards in the second half, The Bulldogs were in the red zone just twice against the Bearcat defense and came away with a blocked field goal and a turned the ball over on downs.
Northwest racked up 450 yards of offense, with 310 yards coming through the air. Twelve Bearcat ballcarriers accounted for 140 yards of rushing.
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