September 20, 2003
No. 7 Mules Explode In 4th Quarter, Stop 'Cats 52-24
MARYVILLE, Mo. -The No. 17 Northwest Missouri State University football saw No. 7 Central Missouri State score 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon at Rickenbrode Stadium. The fourth-period outburst broke open a 24-24 game and lifted the Mules to victory in the MIAA opener.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter and went to the second quarter tied at 7-7. Northwest took a 10-7 lead on a 40-yard Jamie Martin (Soph., Harlan, Iowa) field goal early in the second quarter. Central answered with six minutes left in the first half with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to go on top 14-10.
Northwest answered less than three minutes later when Andre Rectoro (Soph., Celeste, Texas) scored on a 20-yard TD pass from Josh Lamberson (So., Wilber, Neb.), who also rushed for a TD in the first quarter. It looked as though the Bearcats would go into the locker room ahead 17-14 at halftime. But CMSU quarterback Zack Threadgill hit tight end Ted Maxwell for a 67-yard touchdown pass and the Mules led 21-17 at the intermission.
Central added a field goal early in the second half after a Bearcat turnover deep in Northwest territory to go up 24-17. Northwest tied it at 24-24 when Rector scored on another 20-yard TD pass from Lamberson. But it was all Central Missouri State from there.
The Mules scored on a seven-play 77-yard drive when Kegan Coleman busted loose for a 40-yard TD run with 12:47 remaining in the game. Central then scored three straight touchdowns on drives which lasted less than one minute. The Mules scored three times on four plays from the 7:29 mark to the 2:01 mark of the fourth quarter, blowing the game wide open.
Coleman and his backfield mate Lee Thompson each rushed for more than 100 yards. Coleman ran for 164 and one score, while Thompson went for 128 and two TDs.
Lamberson and Rector led the Northwest offense. Lamberson passed for 280 yards and two TDs. Rector made eight receptions for 168 yards and two scores.
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