Sept. 10, 2005
No. 10 Northwest Pitches 17-0 Shutout Against Truman State
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The No. 10 Northwest Missouri State football team pitched its first shutout in nearly two years and the defense limited Truman State to 200 total yards in the 17-0 victory over the Bulldogs this afternoon in front of 6,225 in attendance at Bearcat Stadium. The last Northwest shut out was a 37-0 pasting of Truman on Nov. 1, 2003 at Bearcat Stadium. Truman State came into the contest putting up 289.5 total yards of offense in two games and scoring 45 total points.
Northwest maintained possession of the Hickory Stick, the oldest traditional trophy game in NCAA Division II history. Northwest sported throwback uniforms circa 1942 in celebration of the Northwest Centennial while the coaching staff wore red hats to commemorate the original colors.
Northwest, who has won its last 11 home openers, improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MIAA. Truman drops to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in league play.
"I was very pleased with how dominant the defense was," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma who improves to 9-3 against Truman. "The defensive front put a lot of pressure on them and they controlled the tempo of the game."
Northwest struck first as senior quarterback Josh Lamberson found junior tight end Mike Peterson for a 37 yard touchdown toss. The catch was the first reception for Peterson as he sat out the first two games with a broken jaw. That touchdown toss for Lamberson tied him for fifth with Brian Quinn with 36 career TDs.
The Bearcat defense, strong all day despite missing senior All-America defensive tackle Steve Williams with an injury, forced eight Bulldogs punts including five in the first half. Truman did not find Northwest territory until a drive late in the second quarter (:26 seconds left) was turned over on downs at the hosts 37-yard line. That drive marked TSU's seventh drive of the contest.
Northwest tacked on its second touchdown after Lamberson notched his first rushing score of the year from eight yards out with 1:36 left in the second quarter. A point-after-attempt kick by freshman Tommy Frevert gave Northwest a 14-0 lead at the half.
After the Bearcats were forced to punt to open the second half, Truman lined up for a 33-yard field goal. However, a block by junior Diezeas Calbert wiped out the scoring opportunity and helped preserve the shutout.
Frevert wrapped up the scoring with his third field goal of 2005 from 32 yards out to give the Bearcats a 17-0 edge at the 8:24 mark of the fourth stanza.
The Bulldogs moved to the Northwest 26-yard line with :37 seconds left but turned over on downs for the third time of the game.
Lamberson finished 14-of-26 for 120 yards and one touchdown pass. He added 53 rushing yards on 13 attempts and one score. It was the most rushes for Lamberson since 15 against Pittsburg State on Nov. 15, 2003 and the most rushing yardage since 68 versus Emporia (Oct. 2, 2004). Senior Mitch Herring, who stepped in for the injured Xavier Omon, posted 45 yards on 14 carries. Petersen ended with four catches and 67 yards.
Junior Ryan Waters recorded a team-high 10 tackles including 3.0 tackles-for-a-loss and 2.5 sacks. Junior Ben Harness added seven total tackles and had 1.0 sack. Overall, the Northwest defense tallied five sacks for a loss of 30 yards. Junior Darcell Clark picked up his first career interception.
Northwest next travels to Missouri Western on Saturday, Sept. 17 with kick-off at 2 p.m. The Griffons face No. 8 Pittsburg State tonight (Saturday).
NOTES: The contest this afternoon marked the Centennial Bowl ... Truman State still leads the overall series 56-25-4 but Northwest has won the last four meetings ... The 17 points at home was the lowest since a 23-10 loss versus No. 7 Northern Colorado in the 2nd round of the playoffs (Nov. 30, 2002) ... Quarterback Josh Lamberson moved to No. 6 on the career total offense list with 4,977 yards ... Running back Xavier Omon was injured (bruised right calf) in the second quarter ... The 200 total yards allowed is the least amount since Northwest held Minnesota State, Moorhead to 198 in the 2004 season-opener (Aug. 28).
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