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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 7, 2005

2005 Football Schedule Announced

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Two North Central Conference battles and the fourth installment of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead highlight the 2005 Northwest Missouri State football schedule, announced today. The Bearcats open the campaign with road dates at Minnesota State University, Mankato (Aug. 25) and Nebraska-Omaha (Sept. 3). Northwest clashes with 2004 national runner-up Pittsburg State at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV on Oct. 29.

"The two non-conference games will present a tremendous challenge especially to be on the road," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "They are both North Central Conference teams, one that is good every year in Nebraska-Omaha and one that is coming on (Minnesota State) and defeated Omaha last season.

"We are excited about the Pitt game at Arrowhead. It is fun to go back there because two of the last three games have gone down to the wire. I expect that to happen again this year."

Kicking off the season on Aug. 25 at Minnesota State will be the renewal of a four-year span from 2000-03 in which both programs battled in non-league play. The Bearcats are riding a five-game winning streak against MSU including two straight in Mankato, Minn. The Mavericks went 6-5 in 2004, which marked the most wins since 1994.

The second week has Northwest visit UN-Omaha, who finished last year with a 8-3 log and a No. 24 ranking in the coaches poll. The last time Northwest and UNO met was in the 2002 season-opener (Sept. 7) as Northwest prevailed 23-10. The two clubs have split the last four meetings and both are no strangers in the playoff setting. There have been three post-season occurrences with the 'Cats holding a 2-1 mark.

In its home-opener on Sept. 10, Northwest and Truman State get together for the 85th time in the Hickory Stick rivalry, which marks the longest running rivalry in NCAA Division II. Also, the contest is called the Centennial Bowl as Northwest kicks-off its 100-year celebration of the school's founding. The Bearcats have won eight of the last nine battles with the Bulldogs and have swiped the last 10 home-openers.

Road games at Missouri Western (Sept. 17) and Emporia State (Oct. 1) sandwich Family Day at Bearcat Stadium on Sept. 24 versus Missouri Southern. Northwest hosts Washburn on Oct. 8 before settling in for a bye week on Oct. 15 where the Missouri-Rolla game would have been. The Miners will compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2005-06.

The final regular season stretch will pit Northwest against some formidable opponents. Central Missouri and Northwest clash on Oct. 22 in Maryville, Mo. before the Bearcats and Gorillas of Pitt State do battle in Arrowhead on Oct. 29. Wrapping up the regular season is Southwest Baptist on Nov. 5 at Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcats dropped Central Missouri, who was ranked in the AFCA poll for the first six weeks of 2004, 38-20 on Sept. 11 when both teams were in the top-20. The Gorillas ended Northwest's year with a 50-36 win in the 2004 NCAA Division II Quarterfinals. The two programs have been a part of the MIAA title since 1994. Despite sporting a 2-9 overall record in 2003, SBU almost pulled off the upset against Northwest last October. The Green and White held on for a 34-22 win to run its winning streak in the series to 13 games.

Northwest finished its 2004 season with a No. 3 national ranking and a 11-2 mark - the final poll spot was its highest since winning the national championship in 1998 and 1999.

SCHEDULE NOTES: Northwest is 47-38-3 (.557) in all-time season-openers and have won seven of the last nine such games...The two road games to start the season is the first such occurrence since the Bearcats visited Midwestern (Tex.) State and Wayne (Neb.) State to begin the 1997 campaign - Northwest won both games...The battles against North Central Conference foes Minnesota State and Nebraska-Omaha mark the first NCC games for Northwest since the 2003 season (South Dakota State)...Northwest and Pittsburg State played in front of 25,542 fans at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead III, just shy of the then-record NCAA Division II single-game attendance (26,695) at the first edition.

2005 NORTHWEST MISSOURI FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Place Time
Aug. 25 Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, Neb. TBA
Sept. 10 Truman State^% Maryville, Mo. 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 17 Missouri Western^ St. Joseph, Mo. TBA
Sept. 24 Missouri Southern^* Maryville, Mo. 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 1 Emporia State^ Emporia, Kan. 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 8 Washburn^ Maryville, Mo. 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 15 BYE
Oct. 22 Central Missouri^& Maryville, Mo. 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 vs. Pittsburg State^# Kansas City, Mo. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 5 Southwest Baptist^ Maryville, Mo. 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 NCAA 1st Round TBA TBA
Nov. 19 NCAA 2nd Round TBA TBA
Nov. 26 NCAA 3rd Round TBA TBA
Dec. 3 NCAA Semifinals TBA TBA
Dec. 10 NCAA Championships TBA TBA

^ Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game
* Family Day % Centennial Bowl & Homecoming
# Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV - Kansas City, Mo.
All home games played at Bearcat Stadium and in Bold

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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