Oct. 29, 2005
Northwest Drops Fall Classic 56-35 to Pittsburg State
KANSAS CITY - No. 14 Pittsburg State scored touchdowns on its first five offensive drives and rolled to a 56-35 win over No. 16 Northwest Missouri State this afternoon in front of 21,044 fans in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead IV. Both teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense with Pitt State posting 520 yards.
Northwest, who entered the game second in the Southwest Region polls, falls to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Pitt State improves to 8-2 on the year and 6-1 in league play.
The Gorillas deferred the opening kick-off to Northwest and held the Bearcats to five plays on the opening march. Starting on its own 24, Pitt State went 76 yards on 11 plays and took a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter. The 11-play drive was the first of three on the afternoon for PSU of at least 11 plays for a score. Pitt State went up 14-0 before Northwest had a chance to put points on the board.
Going 50 yards and sitting at the PSU 19 yard line, the Bearcats were stopped on third and short. A 39-yard field goal attempt by freshman Tommy Frevert was short and Northwest was unable to cut into the deficit.
The Gorillas, ranked fifth in the region, needed just three plays to find the end zone again, this time on a 52-yard hook-up from Andy Majors to wide receiver Bryan Pray. At the end of the first quarter, Pitt led 21-0.
Senior quarterback Josh Lamberson found senior Andre Rector for 47 yards to the PSU 18-yard line just before the second quarter started. Two plays later, Lamberson connected with sophomore running back Xavier Omon from 16 yards out. Frevert's PAT attempt was blocked and Northwest trailed 21-6.
The Gorillas scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 45-14 advantage at the half. Northwest attempted a comeback in the second half getting within 21 points on two occasions but the Pitt State rushing attack was too much to handle.
PSU collected 292 yards on the ground, the most for a Northwest opponent, with Germaine Race going for his ninth straight 100-yard rushing game with 180 yards. He added two touchdowns for a 7.8 yard per carry average. Majors was an efficient 15-of-21 fro 228 yards and three TDs. Pray was the team's high receiver with 114 yards on five catches.
Omon rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Lamberson went for his second straight 300 yard passing game with 340 on 29-of-52 passing. His three touchdowns moved him past Chris Greisen (1995-98) on the all-time list with 52 scoring tosses. Lamberson's favorite target was Rector who totaled a career-best 200 yards on 13 receptions.
Defensively, junior Diezeas Calbert garnered a career-tying eight tackles while junior Brandon Pratt tied a personal-best with seven. Senior Dave Tollefson came away with the team's only sack as he now stands with 18.5 on his career. That total is good for third on the Northwest career charts and just three away from the top spot.
Northwest wraps up the regular season by hosting Southwest Baptist on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
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