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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

September 7, 2004

Tysdahl Honored on Weekly MIAA List Northwest Jumps to No. 11 in the National Polls; Fan Bus Scheduled for Trip to Central Missouri

OVERLAND PARK, Mo. -- Senior linebacker Troy Tysdahl (Hubbard, Iowa) was named the Wilson® / Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Defensive Player of the Week, announced today by the league offices. The senior captain posted five tackles (three solos, four assists) in the 38-7 Bearcat victory over West Chester (Pa.) last Saturday.

"He had a really good week," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "He made some big plays, first with the interception and the blocked field goal. He has been real consistent for the first two games and done a real good job with his leadership."

Tysdahl, who sits fifth on the team with 5.5 total tackles this season, had a hand in a couple big breaks for the 'Cats. He picked off a Bob Findora pass and returned it 13 yards - it was his third career interception. Also, as time expired in the second quarter, Tysdahl batted down a 27-yard Cody Collins field goal attempt. Fellow defender Gabriel Helms scooped up the fumble and returned it 83 yards for a Northwest score.

Tysdahl joined Robert Clardy (Offensive) from Southwest Baptist and Brandon Starks (Special Teams) from Central Missouri State as the other league winners.

Northwest Missouri MIAA Weekly Honors
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31
• Troy Tysdahl - Defensive, Sept. 7

•• Northwest Continues to Jump in Both Major Polls
Moving to 2-0 on the young season after a 38-7 victory over West Chester (Pa.) last Saturday, the Bearcats holds down the No. 11 spot in both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and the (media) poll. Last week, the 'Cats were 14th in the AFCA and 15th in the poll.

Northwest is one of three MIAA teams (Pittsburg State, Central Missouri State) tabbed in the AFCA poll and one of four MIAA squads (Pittsburg State, Central Missouri State, Emporia State) in the poll.

This week's opponent, Central Missouri State sits at No. 8 in the AFCA list and No. 7 in the poll.

Northwest opens up MIAA action with a visit to Central Missouri State, Sept. 11. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. from Walton Stadium. The Mules have not allowed a touchdown as they stand at 2-0 overall after a 47-0 thrashing of Lincoln University last Saturday.

•• Fan Bus Trip Scheduled for Central Missouri State Game
For fans wishing to travel to the Central Missouri State game, Sat. Sept. 11, there will be a Northwest fan bus traveling. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Cost is $32, which covers the bus trip (tickets are extra). The bus leaves at 2:30 p.m. from the Northwest campus. Please call (660)
562-1212 for reservations.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
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