January 24, 2005
Rector Leads Receivers in Hula Bowl
WAILUKU, Maui -- Northwest Missouri State University football senior Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.) made his final collegiate experience an impressionable one catching a game-high four passes for a game-best 50 yards in the East's 20-13 victory over the West at the Hula Bowl on Saturday. Rector was a member of the East squad as some of NCAA's finest seniors participated in the all-star game - all three divisions were represented with a heavy inclusion of Division I players. There were an estimated 50 pro scouts in attendance.
Rector, who caught 50 of the team's 129 passing yards, also made a difference in the return game. He finished with one punt return for 30 yards and one kick return for 17 yards. The four-time First Team All-MIAA selection caught all four passes from Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with two coming in each the first and fourth quarters. His game-high 19 yard reception in the opening drive fueled a 75-yard march before Fitzpatrick fumbled at the one-yard line and the West defense recovered.
Rector leaves Northwest as one of the premier wide receivers in NCAA football history. He finished his career No. 2 on the NCAA career yardage list with 4,497 yards and third in receptions with 289 (regular season and all games). Among conference annals, he is tied for first also in lifetime TD catches (38) and is tops on the school list in career punt return yardage (1,494), punt returns (112) and most yards per kick return (27.8).
Michigan State linebacker Ronald Stanley scored two defensive touchdowns as he was honored with the East's MVP award and Defensive MVP. The East scored 20 straight points in the third quarter after falling behind 6-0. The West MVP went to Fort Valley State's Derrick Wimbush, who set a Hula Bowl record with a 59-yard TD run in the third quarter. The Offensive MVP was awarded to running back DeWhitt Betterson from Troy University.
The 59th Hula Bowl was played in front of a crowd of 12,1222 at War Memorial Stadium.
The No. 3 Bearcats ended their season at 11-2 after a NCAA Division II Quarterfinal loss to No. 1 Pittsburg State, 50-34, Nov. 27.
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