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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

September 4, 2004

Bearcats Run By West Chester (Pa.), 38-7

MARYVILLE, Mo. - No. 14 Northwest Missouri State racked up 445 yards of total offense and got a 83-yard TD return by Gabriel Helms on a blocked field goal as the 'Cats ran by West Chester (Pa.), 38-7 this afternoon at Bearcat Stadium. Junior QB Josh Lamberson tossed two TDs, both to senior Jamaica Rector, and recorded 263 yards while Rector had eight receptions for 83 yards.

With his effort, Rector moved up on two notable career lists. On the MIAA career yardage tab (regular season), Rector moved up to the third spot passing former Bearcat Tony Miles and Washburn star Michael Dritlein. Rector now stands with 3,135 career yards. Also, on the school's career points list, Rector vaulted past Jim Albin (1970-73) to fifth with 192 points.

The 'Cat defense was once again stingy limiting Preseason All-America running back Osagie Osunde to 54 yards on 17 rushes (2.8 ypg) and the Golden Ram offense to just 244 total yards on 63 plays (3.9 avg.).

The Northwest offense rolled along early and often, scoring on three of its first four possessions. First, Rector scored on an eight-yard pass from Lamberson to cap a nine-play 69 yard drive. Senior placekicker Luis Berlanga, who was hampered by a foot injury and had to relieve his kick-off duties, ended a 15-play, 91 yard marathon drive to put the 'Cats up 10-0 in the first quarter.

Then, senior Shon Wells pushed the Northwest lead to 17-0 with a 1-yard TD run with 12:03 remaining in the second quarter.

A momentum-building event occurred just before halftime for the Bearcats. West Chester lined up for a 27-yard field goal attempt. Senior Troy Tysdahl blocked the attempt and senior Gabriel Helms scooped up the fumble and sprinted 83 yards for the score. That TD put the hosts up 24-0 going in to the locker room.

WCU would not be blanked as it received the second half kick-off and drove 62 yards on 12 plays to notch its first TD. However, Northwest padded its cushion with scores from Rector (26-yard reception) and a 3-yard run by Wells to cap the day's scoring.

"I thought our game preparation was real good," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "That is what it is all about and it paid off. We came out and played well early, both the offense and defense. I think we only stopped ourselves with penalties."

Northwest was flagged 10 times for 129 yards while WCU was right there with 11 penalties for 129 yards.

On the ground, Lamberson led the way for the 'Cats with 58 yards on seven carries, followed by Xavier Omon (10 carries, 43 yards) and Mike Fiech (9 carries, 42 yards). In all, eight 'Cats had at least one carry. Meanwhile, WCU had 91 total rushing yards led by the play of Osunde (48 yards).

Golden Ram QB Bob Findora threw for 148 yards on 11-of-24 for the day with two INTs.

With his 263 passing yards, Lamberson nears closer to the NWMSU top 10 career passing list. He holds 2,328 yards, just 109 yards away from Dennis Bene (1986-87) in the tenth spot.

Northwest, who moves to 2-0 on the season, will march to No. 10 Central Missouri State, Saturday, Sept. 11 for a showdown at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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