August 28, 2004
Northwest Football Romps Minnesota State, Moorhead 77-12 in 2004 OpenerMARYVILLE, Mo. - Setting a school record in points (77) and margin of victory (65), the No. 19 Northwest Missouri State University football team rolled past Minnesota State, Moorhead 77-12 at newly renamed Bearcat Stadium this afternoon.
Senior wide receiver Morris White accumulated 203 all-purpose yards as he caught a 70-yard touchdown toss from junior quarterback Josh Lamberson to open up the scoring. The 'Cat defense limited MSU-Moorhead to 198 total yards and just one first down and 48 yards in the first half.
On its third possession of the game, Northwest scored first with the 70-yard pass completion from Lamberson to White. That was the longest pass play since A. Otte went for 71 yards against Missouri Western, Oct. 25, 2003.
The 'Cats kept up the offensive firepower scoring five more times in the first half to take a 42-0 lead into the locker room. Defensively, Northwest shut down the Dragon offense, holding them to 21 rushing yards on 19 attempts in the first half. MSU-M did not earn its initial first down until QB Sean Belmont hit Dere Blackburn for a 15-yard completion on its ninth play from scrimmage.
Lamberson, who played sparingly in the second half and ended 8-of-13 for 223 yards and 2 TDs, threw his second score of the day, this time to White to open up the third quarter. A 70-yard interception return by senior Gabriel Helms at the 9:15 mark of the third, increased the 'Cats lead to 56-0 before the Dragons got on the board.
MSU-Moorhead scored with 49 seconds remaining in the third frame to end the shutout.
Northwest tacked on three more scores with a 61-yard pass play from junior quarterback Jeff Netolicky to sophomore wide-out Jared Meyerkorth, a 41-yard Zach Sherman rush and Netolicky scrambling in from three yards out.
MSU-M ended the day's scoring with a 21-yard TD run from Bert Smith with 4:08 left on the clock.
Northwest out-gained the Dragons 458-198 in total yardage. MSU-M punted on 10 occasions with the 'Cats racking up a 33.8 yard punt return average.
Northwest, who improves to 7-4 in season openers under coach Mel Tjeerdsma, stands at 1-0 and will face West Chester (Penn.) next Saturday. Kick-off is slated for 11:00 a.m. at Bearcat Stadium.
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