Sept. 23, 2006
Frevert Boots 41-Yard Field Goal in 24-21 Victory Over Missouri WesternMARYVILLE, Mo. -- (stats) Tommy Frevert booted a 41-yard field goal with 4:16 remaining for the winning score and #2 Northwest Missouri State held #16 Missouri Western to 213 yards of total offense in the 24-21 victory this afternoon at Bearcat Stadium in front of 8,939 in attendance. Junior running back Xavier Omon set the Northwest career (all games) rushing mark with his 144 yards on 35 carries - he ends his day with 3,676 yards and passes David Jansen for the record on his fourth attempt of the day.
The Bearcat defense, which held the MIAA's leading rusher Jeremiah White to a career-low 44 yards on 13 carries, harassed quarterback Matt Landess all day. Northwest registered 3.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries and held an opponent to the lowest total yardage (213 yards) since Truman State managed 200 yards on Sept. 10, 2005.
Sophomore cornerback Brandon Clayton came up with the final defensive jewel with his drive-ending interception at the Northwest 32-yard line. MWSU was driving, gaining 20 yards and reaching its own 45-yard line before the interception and a sack by senior Ryan Waters. Waters ended his day with 1.5 sacks and moves him closer to the career (all games) record of 21.5 sacks - he stands with 19.5.
Northwest took a first-quarter lead at 14-0 on the first career touchdown catch from Josh Gannan and a 1-yard run from Omon. MWSU used trickery in the closing seconds of the first stanza as Jarrett Brooks caught a 34-yard toss from White in the backfield.
The 14-7 Bearcat lead held until Omon added another score from a yard-out with 10:47 left in the third quarter. The hosts utilized a short field after a faulty snap to the Missouri Western punter on 4th down put the ball at the Western 13-yard line. Five plays later, Omon went for his 14th career multiple-touchdown day. His two scores moves him to 41 rushing touchdowns (all games) and is now two shy of the all-time record at Northwest.
The Griffons came back to tie up the score 21-21 in the third quarter on a White 5-yard run and a 25-yard catch by Joey Harris. But, the Bearcats drove 28 yards on 11 plays and Frevert's heroics sent Northwest to its third straight win in the series and moved it to 8-0 when ranked against Missouri Western.
Junior quarterback Josh Mathews went 18-of-28 for 127 yards and one touchdown toss. Sophomore Kendall Wright finished with five catches and 44 yards - and with his 82 return yards - had 126 all-purpose yards. For the Griffons, Landess was 12-of-25 for 107 yards with one interception. Brooks was the top receiver with 59 yards on six receptions.
Junior Dallas Flynn held the team lead with six tackles including 1.0 sack. Junior Jared Erspamer and senior Thomas Smith each compiled five tackles apiece. Chauncey Mayfield posted 11 tackles to lead the Griffon tacklers.
Northwest recovered all three of its own fumbles and for the third game this year, had no turnovers.
The Bearcats hit the road to face the Lions of Missouri Southern next Saturday for a 6 p.m. start. The Lions fell this afternoon to #13 Pittsburg State, 48-24.
NOTES: The 8,939 fans is the largest ever since the Stadium was renamed "Bearcat Stadium" (since 2004) - it is the fourth largest crowd on record ... The 41-yard field goal by Tommy Frevert was the second longest of his career after he nailed a 42-yarder against the Griffons last season (Sept. 17) ... Northwest scored first for the fifth straight game and has done so in nine of its last 10 ... Without a 100-yard pass catcher, that broke a string of eight straight games for a Bearcat receiver going over the century mark ... The TD catch was the first career reception for Josh Gannan ... The 14 second half points allowed is the first such given up by Northwest this season ... Northwest has won 17 of its last 18 home games dating back to 2003.
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