Nov. 5, 2005
No. 25 Northwest Blows Out Southwest Baptist 49-14 on Senior Day
MARYVILLE, Mo. - No. 25 Northwest Missouri State football won for the 11th straight time in the series and cruised to a 49-14 win over Southwest Baptist this afternoon at Bearcat Stadium in front of 3,757 fans on Senior Day. Northwest racked up a season-high for points and gained 496 yards of total offense.
Northwest moves to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) while SW Baptist ends its season at 3-8 and 1-7 in league play.
The game was never in doubt for the green Bearcats as senior quarterback Josh Lamberson found the endzone on a 32-yard scamper on the game's third play of the game. After a three-and-out by SBU, Lamberson scored for the second time, this time from five yards to put Northwest up 14-0 with less than six minutes gone in the first quarter.
Southwest Baptist reached the Northwest three on a Rony Santil 21-yard catch in the middle of the first quarter. Three penalties pushed SBU backwards and on fourth-down at the eight-yard line, a fake field goal attempt lost three yards and Northwest still had the shutout.
Lamberson, who finished with 126 passing yards on 8-of-12 and two touchdowns in just one half of play, engineered four second-quarter touchdown drives to give Northwest a 42-7 lead at the half.
Senior wide receiver Andre Rector moved into eighth place with his 13th career touchdown reception at the start of the second quarter - the catch was from six yards out. After SBU scored on a 22-yard pass from Robert Clardy to Nick Smart, sophomore E.J. Falkner rushed seven yards for a score. Northwest tacked on two more scores before intermission as the Northwest offense posted 357 yards of total offense, including 230 on the ground, in the first 30 minutes of action.
Much of the second half was reserved for numerous Northwest back-ups as both teams traded scores. Clardy brought SBU within a 42-14 score on a five-yard rush. Northwest countered on freshman Joel Osborn's 23-yard toss to redshirt freshman Trey Simeone with 9:18 left in the game. The touchdown throw was Osborn's first attempt of his career.
Sophomore Xavier Omon gained 199 yards on 26 carries and moves to fifth in career rushing yards with 2,511. Redshirt freshman Kendall Wright had a game-high 59 receiving yards on four catches while Rector finished with four receptions and 55 yards.
Junior defensive lineman Ryan Waters ended with a team-high nine tackles including a career-high seven solo stops. Junior linebacker Tommy Miller came away with eight tackles and his first career interception in the second quarter.
SBU's Robert Clardy rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown and competed 21-of-36 passes for 188 yards. Joey Maiwelmal ended with nine total tackles on the defensive side.
Northwest will await its postseason fate as the NCAA Division II selection show occurs on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPNews. The Bearcats entered the game with the No. 5 seed in the Southwest region - the top six seeds advance with the first round starting on Nov. 12.
NOTES: Northwest improves to 15-3 against Southwest Baptist and is a perfect 8-0 when ranked against SBU … Northwest extends its streak to 11 straight seasons of six or more conference wins … The 49 points is the most since putting up 55 against Missouri Southern on Oct. 9, 2004 … The touchdown at the 13:45 mark in the first quarter was the quickest strike this season … Josh Lamberson is now second on the career passing charts with 462 completions … Several key defensive players did not see action for Northwest - defensive end Dave Tollefson and cornerback Tony Gianquento did not dress; safety Pat Whitt and defensive back Quinten Womack did not play … Lamberson moved to ninth on the MIAA career list (regular season) in total offense (6,777) and passing yards (6,000) … Northest, ranked in the AFCA top-25 for 23 straight games, moved to 2-0 all-time when No. 25 … The Bearcats move to 8-4 in regular season finales under coach Tjeerdsma … The 281 rushing yards is a season-high and the most since 391 against Missouri-Rolla on Sept. 18, 2004 … Northwest had more penalty yards (85-50) for the 10th straight time this season.
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