September 25, 2004
'Cats Roll By Washburn, 49-21 This Afternoon
TOPEKA, Kan. - The high-octane offense of No. 5 Northwest Missouri State kept rolling Saturday, cruising to a 49-21 win over Washburn University at Yager Stadium. The Bearcats, who came into the contest second in NCAA Division II in scoring offense (54.5 points) and ninth in total offense (499.8), improves to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. Washburn, which lost for the 10th straight time in the series, falls to 3-2 and 2-1 in MIAA action.
The 'Cats totaled 491 yards, 267 through the air, as they piled up six offensive touchdowns in the first half to take a 42-14 lead at intermission.
Freshman running back Xavier Omon spirited the team's opening drive with a 44-yard burst through left tackle. Three plays later junior quarterback Josh Lamberson found Jamaica Rector in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown completion. That score was the fifth straight game that Northwest has scored before the opposition.
The 'Cats got their second score thanks to a fumble recovery by Gabriel Helms on Washburn's second drive of the game. The Bearcat offense drove 24 yards capped by a four-yard rushing touchdown by Omon, his team-leading fourth rushing TD of the season.
The Ichabods were unable to notch a score after having a first-and-goal at the six-yard line. A fourth-down pass attempt was unsuccessful as the Bearcats took over from their two-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, Washburn did recover a Lamberson fumble in the end zone to get within seven at 14-7 with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter.
That was as close as the hosts could get. Jamaica Rector notched his second receiving TD of the afternoon as he was on the end of a 15-yard pass from Lamberson. That score put the Bearcats up 21-7 on the second play of the second quarter.
Lamberson tossed his third TD of the day, this time a 62-yard strike to senior wide-out Morris White to put the Bearcats up 28-7 in the second quarter. That toss by Lamberson was his 12th of the season and tied him for 10th (since 1981) on the school's single season TD list. He would later add No. 4 on the day to give him the sole 10th spot.
Omon found the end zone for the second time with a one-yard run and Lamberson darted in from 24-yards out to complete the Northwest first-half scores.
WU's Mike Odupitan was on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass as time expired in the first half to put the score at 42-14 in favor of Northwest.
The second half saw both squads each score a touchdown.
Lamberson finished his day 16-of-23 for 249 yards and four passing touchdowns. He added one on the ground for five TDs overall. He moved to seventh on the Northwest all-time passing charts as he stands with 2,970 yards.
Omon led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 95 yards for a 7.3 yard average. Jamaica Rector went for 83 yards on seven catches.
Defensively, safety Pat Whitt became the first 'Cat to total 10 tackles on the season with 10 against the Ichabods. Linebacker Chad Bostwick was right behind with eight, including two tackles for a loss. Cornerback Gabriel Helms forced two fumbles in addition to recovering two. Four different players each recorded a sack.
Notes: The last time Northwest had a No. 5 ranking or higher was the start of the 2003 season when the 'Cats were No. 3 in the preseason polls…Northwest, which has won its last eight contests, stands at 19-5 in the overall series with Washburn, scoring at least 30 points in 11 of the last 12 meetings…Head coach Mel Tjeerdsma moves himself to second-place alone on the MIAA wins list with 101 in his career…Washburn entered the game 2-0 in the MIAA for the first time since 1997…Northwest's Andre Rector was a game-time starter at wide receiver, he lasted nearly half a quarter before injuring his ankle - he sat out last week's game versus Missouri-Rolla due to a sprained ankle…Placekicker Luis Berlanga has connected on 36 straight PAT attempts to begin his career at Northwest - his fourth-quarter field goal attempt was blocked, his first in six FG attempts…QB Josh Lamberson's four passing TDs is one shy of the school single game record…The 'Cat defense held Washburn on three fourth-down attempts…With his 83 receiving yards, Jamaica Rector is 49 yards shy for tops on the MIAA all-time receiving list (regular season games)…Reigning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week Washburn's Tyler Schuerman was knocked out in the second quarter with what appeared to be a shoulder injury
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