September 18, 2004
'Cats Cruise Past Missouri-Rolla, 65-3 on Family Day
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Piling up 678 total yards of offense, including 391 on the ground, the No. 8 Northwest Missouri State University football team defeated Missouri-Rolla, 65-3 in front of 6,053 fans on Family Day at Bearcat Stadium. It marked head coach Mel Tjeerdsma's 100th career Northwest win, tying him for second all-time on the MIAA wins list. Tjeerdsma already holds the most victories in school annals.
The 'Cat offense got started on the opening drive, going 80 yards on seven plays, capped by a 31-yard toss from junior QB Josh Lamberson to senior wide-out Morris White. The Miners responded with a 12-play, 65 yard march which resulted in a 20-yard field goal by Marc Armbruster.
The Northwest defense, which allowed just 213 total yards on the day, was stingy on the Miner opening drive. UMR had the ball at the Northwest one-yard line on 1st and Goal and lost two yards on one rush and two pass plays and had to settle for the field goal.
With the score 7-3 in favor of the hosts, Lamberson and company clicked as they put up points on 10 of their next 12 drives - the 'Cats scored in some fashion on their first 10 touches. Punter Joel Mathews, who saw some action at placekicker in the fourth quarter, did not see the field as the Bearcat punter.
At one point in the second quarter, Northwest scored 17 points in a span of 3:19. NWMSU turned a Brandon Lambry interception and fumble into 14 points during that stretch.
Lamberson, who finished with an efficient 15-of-19 passing for 243 yards and three TDs, connected with Mike Peterson in the second quarter and Jamaica Rector in the third.
Rector finished with 105 yards on six receptions and had one score. He moved to second on the MIAA all-time receiving list (regular season) as he holds 3,325 yards. Andrew Blakley from Truman State holds the record with 3,458.
Of the 391 rushing yards, the 'Cats had five runners accumulate 50 yards or more on the ground. Zach Sherman led the way with 92 yards on 14 carries and he found the endzone in the fourth quarter. As a club, the 'Cats averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
On the defensive side, Northwest limited UM-Rolla to minus-64 yards on the ground. Coming into the contest, the Miners boasted the nation's top passing offense at 374.0 yards per game. Today, QB Brandon Landry went for 230 yards on 19-of-37 passing and had two interceptions.
Leading the 'Cat defense was Troy Tysdahl with 3.5 total tackles and 0.5 tackles for a loss. Ryan Waters, Ben Harness and Dave Tollefson each got credited with a sack.
Notes: Coach Tjeerdsma also becomes the second fastest MIAA general to reach the 100 wins - he did it in just 129 games; Pittsburg State's Chuck Broyles achieved the feat in 119 contests...Northwest has put up 60 points now in two games in 2004 - the 2000 club went over 60 points on three occasions...Northwest has led in all but 5:01 of its four games this season...Northwest is on a seven-game winning streak dating back to 2003...The 391 yards rushing does not come close to the Northwest single game record - the school best is 627 vs. Emporia State in 1992...With the win, Northwest has defeated Missouri-Rolla 10 straight times averaging over 50 points per contest during that streak...This marked the final time that UMR and NWMSU will match up in league play...The 'Cat offense, which racked up a season-high 678 yards, came into the contest ranked in eight out of the possible nine NCAA statistical categories...Coach Tjeerdsma is 9-2 in all-time MIAA home openers...QB Josh Lamberson moves to eighth on the Northwest all-time passing list with 2,721 yards.
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