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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 30, 2004

Josh Mathews and Troy Tysdahl Earn Weekly Honors

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Hut Players of the Week for Nov. 30 were announced today and two Northwest Missouri State football players were honored. Redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Mathews (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior linebacker Troy Tysdahl (Hubbard, Iowa) received Honorable Mention accolades for their respective efforts in the 50-36 NCAA Division II Quarterfinal loss to No. 1 Pittsburg State last Saturday. The weekly mention is the second of Mathews' career and second for Tysdahl in 2004.

Mathews threw for a career-best 290 yards on 19-of-34 passing and one TD against the Gorillas. He started in the final five games of the season as he took over for injured starter Josh Lamberson who went down with a hip injury, Oct. 16. Mathews finished his season with 1,263 yards on 102-of-171 (.596) passing with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Tysdahl hit for eight total tackles on Saturday including one stop for a loss. He notched his team-best third blocked kick of the season on a PAT attempt in the third quarter. On the year, Tysdahl ended with 73 total tackles, good for third on the club and tied for the team-lead with 43 solo tackles. He also posted 11.5 tackles-for-a-loss, 2.0 sacks, seven passes defended, 2 INT's and 1 fumble recovery.

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2004 Northwest Missouri State / Pizza Hut National Players of the Week
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31 (Honorable Mention)
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Oct. 12 (Honorable Mention)
• Chad Bostwick - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Adam Long - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Adam Long - Defense, Nov. 2 (Honorable Mention)
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Nov. 9 (Honorable Mention)
• Jamaica Rector - Offense, Nov. 23
• Josh Mathews - Offense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Troy Tysdahl - Defense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Dave Tollefson - Defense, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Nov. 23 (Honorable Mention)
• Josh Mathews - Offense, Nov. 30 (Honorable Mention)
• Troy Tysdahl - Defense, Nov. 30 (Honorable Mention)

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