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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 9, 2004

Northwest Gains 600 Total Yards of Offense in 55-19 Win at Missouri Southern

JOPLIN, Mo. - Senior wide receiver Jamaica Rector set the MIAA career receiving mark (all games) with 11 catches for 170 yards and No. 4 Northwest Missouri State totaled 606 total yards of offense - the second time over 600 this year - in the 55-19 win at Missouri Southern tonight.

Winning their 10th straight overall, the Bearcats improve to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. Meanwhile, the Lions drop their 10 consecutive in the overall series and fall to 4-3 and 3-2 in league play.

Rector, a Celeste, Tex. native who set the MIAA career receiving mark (regular season games) in last week's 59-28 win vs. Emporia State, bettered the total of former Bearcat Tony Miles (3,890) with a 50-yard TD reception just before the halftime break. Rector sits with 3,949 lifetime yards and 32 Northwest TD catches - his TD total is five shy of Miles' clip of 37 career TD receptions.

Jamaica Rector was one of several Northwest offensive bright spots. Junior QB Josh Lamberson went for a season-high 317 yards on 24-of-28 passing. He tossed four TD's, two to Rector and one each to E.J. Falkner and Aaron Froehlich. His season TD total stands at 19, which is good for sixth on the Northwest single season list. He has also passed for at least 2 TD's in the last eight straight contests - that accomplishment sets a school record (for available archives.)

Freshman running back Xavier Omon led a 297-yard Northwest ground attack posting 184 on 14 carries for a 13.1 yard average. It was his third 100-yard rushing effort on the year and he stands with a team-high 10 rushing TD's on the year.

Missouri Southern went 98 yards on 10 plays capped by a Tedaryl Mason 16-yard spurt to put the Lions up 7-0 with 8:23 to go in the first quarter. That TD marked the first time in seven games that a Northwest opposition scored first.

Northwest countered quickly, just 1:52 later, as Lamberson hooked up with Rector to notch the score at 7-7.

The guests would add 24 more straight points to go up 31-7 at the half.

Despite allowing 243 yards of total offense in the second half, the Bearcats only gave up two TD's. Conversely, Northwest piled on 24 second half points to cruise to the MIAA win.

The Bearcat defense gave up 425 yards of total offense, but 419 of those through the air. True freshman QB Nathan Emert set a Missouri Southern single game record for passing yards (419), completions (35) and attempts (55).

The Northwest rushing defense, ranked third in the country coming into the game at 50.5 yards, held the MIAA's second-best rusher, Wentric Williams (129.5) to just 19 yards on 12 carries (1.6 avg.). Also, seven sacks were registered by seven different Bearcat defenders.

Northwest hosts Missouri Western, Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m., in the final regular seasn home game from Bearcat Stadium.

Notes: Northwest moves to 12-4 in the all-time series, scoring at least 35 points in each of the last 10 games, which have been all wins...The 164 penalty yards is unofficially a school record for a single-game - Northwest was flagged for 158 vs. Lincoln in 1987...Josh Lamberson threw two interceptions on the day, just two of his four incompletions - the 2nd quarter pick was his first in four games...The Missouri Southern first quarter TD was its first offensive TD against Northwest since 1999 (unofficially)...The Bearcats have trailed just once this entire season, 5:01 against Central Missouri State (Sept. 11), before the Lions went up 7-0 - that MSSU lead did not last long however, only 1:52...The 98 yard-drive for Mo. Southern in the first quarter is the longest for a Northest opposition this year....Jamaica Rector has at least one TD catch in eight of his last nine games and at least five receptions in eight straight...Placekicker Luis Berlanga has connected on 51-51 PAT's this season - the school record is 56 in a season by David Purnell in 1999 and 60 in a career by David Purnell...Berlanga has hit eight-of-nine field goals this season - the school record is 15 FG's done by Eddie Ibarra in 2001...Northwest has scored the opposition 232-48 in the first half this season...Before tonight, the 'Cats had held all six opponents under 350 total yards - Mo. Southern compiled 425 tonight...Jamaica Rector is two TD receptions shy of tying the school single season mark of 11.

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