Sept. 24, 2005
Bearcats Win 11th Straight Versus Missouri Southern in 38-13 Rout
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The No. 10 Northwest Missouri State defense posted a season-best eight sacks, a week after notching seven, in helping the Bearcats cruise to a 38-13 win over Missouri Southern this afternoon on Family Day at Bearcat Stadium. Northwest entered the contest tops in the conference in pass defense (162.0 yards allowed) while Missouri Southern came in No. 1 with 290.2 passing yards.
Northwest wins its 12th straight at home - the second longest streak in school history (since 1928) - and improves to 4-1 on the year and 3-0 in the league. Missouri Southern drops its 11th consecutive against Northwest and falls to 2-3 on the year and 1-2 in the MIAA.
The Northwest defense hassled the Lions' offense all day picking off three passes, forcing 22 third-down plays and making the guests punt six times. Junior cornerback Quinten Womack, who got two interceptions, returned his first 87 yards with four minutes gone by in the first quarter to stake the Bearcats to a 7-0 lead. It was the first defensive score of the year and first interception return for a score since Troy Tysdahl's 45-yarder against Missouri Western on Oct. 16, 2004.
A Dartangan Johnson 5-yard run evened the score at 7-7 mid-way through the first before Northwest rattled off 31 unanswered points. The Bearcats led 28-7 at the half thanks to the arm of senior quarterback Josh Lamberson. In the first 30 minutes, Lamberson went 16-of-21 for 212 yards and three touchdown tosses. He finished 20-of-28 for 260 yards in just under three quarters. Lamberson hit for all three touchdowns within a 8:11 span in the second quarter, connecting with receivers Andre Rector from 19 yards, Kendall Wright from 24 yards and running back Xavier Omon from 20 yards.
A 37-yard field goal by freshman Tommy Frevert two minutes into the second half, his fifth field goal of the year, and a one-yard plunge by Omon staked Northwest to a 38-7 advantage. MSSU, rotating between two quarterbacks all game and averaging just 3.3 yards (280 total) per play, scored with 2:21 left on a Ronnell Newman five-yard run.
Junior Ben Harness led the club with seven total tackles and had two tackles-for-a-loss. Junior Kyle Kaiser recorded a team-best 3.0 sacks and six tackles and sophomore Dallas Flynn ended with six tackles and 2.0 sacks. The third interception went to junior Brandon Pratt.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Mathews came on in the fourth quarter and finished five-of-10 for 47 yards in his first game experience in 2005. Nine different Bearcats posted at least one reception with Rector leading the way with 88 yards on seven catches. Omon went for 53 yards on 11 carries after he sat out last week's game with an ankle injury.
MSSU quarterback Adam Hinspeter was 22-of-40 for 237 yards with two interceptions. The Lions were able to generate just 36 rushing yards.
The Bearcats travel to Emporia State on Saturday, Oct. 1 with kick-off at 1 p.m. The MIAA road contest marks the final true conference road game of the year as three of the final four are at home with the other being a neutral game at Arrowhead.
NOTES: Northwest improves in the series 13-4 and hasn't lost to Missouri Southern since Nov. 12, 1994 ... Losing the time of possession battle by over six minutes, it was the first occasion this year for Northwest ... In last year's 55-19 Northwest win, QB Nathan Emert passed for a then school-record 419 passing yards, today he had seven yards in a reserve role ... Senior QB Josh Lamberson moved to 5th in school history with 4,757 passing yards and to No. 4 with 5,468 yards of total offense ... Through five games, Northwest has 23 sacks - through five games last season, the Bearcats had 13 ... The 36 rushing yards allowed is the second opponent to be held under 50 this season ... Holding a 377-280 total offense edge, Northwest has accounted for more offensive yardage than the opponent in each of the five games this year ... The 3-0 start in conference play is the 10th time in 12 years under coach Tjeerdsma.
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