Oct. 22, 2005
Northwest Gets Past Central Missouri 31-21 on Homecoming
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Senior quarterback Josh Lamberson moved into first place on the school's career total yardage list (6,233) with a career-high 378 yards on 28-of-43 passing to lift No. 20 Northwest Missouri State past Central Missouri State 31-21 this afternoon in the Homecoming game at Bearcat Stadium. Lamberson was given the Don Black Award for the Homecoming MVP.
"I can't tell you how pleased I was of our team effort," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "It was great on both sides of the ball and especially special teams. Our guys answered their (Central's) plays on both offense and defense."
Northwest moves to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the league while Central falls to 5-3 and 3-3 in the MIAA.
Central struck first on a 11-yard toss from quarterback Toby Korodi to Delanie Walker with four minutes left in the first quarter. Walker had a monster receiving game for Central with 120 yards on 10 catches. Northwest scored 14 straight points thanks to two long scoring passes from Lamberson. The Wilber, Neb., native hit sophomore E.J. Falkner on a 39-yard out pass just 1:10 after Central scored the first touchdown. Senior Andre Rector found the end zone for a team-leading fourth time via the reception on a 34-yard pass from Lamberson at the start of the second quarter to put Northwest up 14-7.
After Central tied the score at 14, freshman kicker Tommy Frevert hit his eighth field goal of the season, this time from 27 yards out, to give the Bearcats a 17-14 lead at the half.
The two teams battled to a scoreless third quarter as both offenses mustered just a combined 84 total yards.
Sophomore Xavier Omon, who finished with 123 yards on 23 carries, barreled in from two yards out to give the home team a 24-14 edge with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. Will Caldwell cut the margin to three for Central with a two-yard touchdown run before Lamberson sealed the win.
On fourth-and-two at the CMSU 35 with 1:01 remaining in the game, Lamberson rolled right off a play-action and found junior Mike Peterson open on a flag route. Peterson tipped the ball with one hand to himself and hauled in the toss for a 35-yard score.
Central drove the field only to have Korodi throw his first interception in 185 attempts on the final play of the game - a desperation toss into the back of the end zone which sophomore Chris Termini picked off. Korodi had set a CMSU record for consecutive passes without an interception and was nearing the MIAA record of 199.
In the receiving corps, Rector had a team-high 112 yards on seven catches. Omon set a personal-best with seven catches for 38 yards.
For Central, Korodi finished 27-of-34 for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Caldwell was the team's high rusher with 44 net yards on 16 carries.
The Northwest defense compiled six sacks led by the two apiece from senior Dave Tollefson and sophomore Ryan Waters. Senior Kelly Williams was one of four Bearcats with seven tackles.
Northwest will face No. 18 Pittsburg State next Saturday at the Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. The Gorillas defeated Truman State this afternoon 66-14 to stay in a tie with Northwest at second in the league standings.
NOTES: Northwest leads the all-time series 48-34-2 including a 14-6 mark at home ... Former Don Black Award recipients were recognized in a post-game ceremony ... Josh Lamberson moved into a tie for third at Northwest with 48 career touchdown passes ... Northwest moved to 101-18 all-time when ranked in the AFCA Coaches' poll (since 1984) ... The 7,611 announced attendance is the largest of 2005 ... Northwest moved to 8-2 when ranked in the series with Central ... Lamberson punted three times for a 33.7 yard average, regular punter Gabe Lickteig did not attempt a punt ... The Northwest offense put up 480 total yards against the MIAA's top-ranked defense - Central entered the contest giving up just 250.3 yards ... Northwest improves to 32-27-1 all-time on Homecoming and 7-4 versus Central Missouri State during the festivities.
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