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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Oct. 7, 2006

Bearcats Wipe Out Emporia 49-17; Omon Sets Northwest Rushing TD Mark

MARYVILLE, Mo. - No. 2 Northwest Missouri State football held Emporia State to 30 rushing yards and tallied 476 total yards en route to a 49-17 victory over the Hornets in Bearcat Stadium this afternoon. Junior running back Xavier Omon recorded a career-high four rushing touchdowns to move into first on the Northwest all-games career touchdown mark with 45.

Northwest moves to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in MIAA play, as the only unbeaten team in conference play. Emporia drops to 3-3 and 2-2 in the MIAA.

A fumble recovery at the ESU 25 by freshman Ike Urum-Eke put the Bearcats deep into Hornet territory early in the first quarter. Four plays later, Omon made a two-yard run into the endzone to put Northwest up 7-0.

The Bearcats converted on another short field opportunity after forcing ESU to punt at its one-yard line. Sophomore Kendall Wright brought the ball back to the ESU 26 after a 31-yard punt, allowing Omon to tally his second touchdown at 5:52 left in the first quarter.

Northwest scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter following an eight-yard touchdown reception by Wright from quarterback Josh Mathews near the end of the period.

Emporia's Jake Richter picked up a blocked punt to put the Hornets at the Northwest 25-yard line midway through the second quarter. A 28-yard field goal by Jeff Edwards at 5:42 would be the only scoring by either team in the period, allowing Northwest to head into the locker room with a 21-3 lead.

Omon picked up his fourth rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to place the Bearcats ahead 35-10. He is the first athlete in nearly 10 years to reach the mark, tying the school single-game record.

A rushing touchdown from freshman LaRon Council and a 20-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Abe Qaoud ended the scoring in the fourth quarter to give Northwest its 18th win in the past 19 home games.

Mathews completed 11 of 17 attempts to tally 167 passing yards and one touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Joel Osborn went 6-of-11 to connect for 79 yards and a single touchdown. Wright led Northwest receivers with seven receptions for 89 yards while also adding 43 yards from punt and kickoff returns to reach 132 all-purpose yards.

Emporia State split passing duties equally between Justin Whitworth and Ben Purkepile, who combined went 13-of-31 for 184 passing yards.

Senior Brandon Pratt led the Bearcat defense with six tackles and the lone interception for either team.

Northwest will travel to Topeka, Kan., for a date with Washburn next Saturday, Oct. 14. Kick-off from Yager Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

NOTES: The 49 points scored by Northwest is the most since a 49-14 win against Southwest Baptist, Nov. 5, 2005 ... Northwest has jumped out to a 6-0 start for the sixth time in school history - all under coach Tjeerdsma (since 1994) ... The Bearcat defense stands with seven interceptions on the year - it has picked off at least one opponent pass in all six games this season after Pratt's interception in the fourth quarter ... Xavier Omon moved into 10th on the MIAA all-time rushing list (all games) with his 105 yards - he stands with 3,851 ... The 230 Northwest net rushing yards is the most since going for a playoff-record 241 at Angelo State (Nov. 12, 2005) ... With his 1.0 sack today, Ryan Waters sits with 20.5 in his career (all games), just 1.0 shy of the all-time school best ... Northwest is +6 in turnover margin in the last six games - it led the league in that category coming into the game ... Emporia's rushing offense entered the game second in the league with 215.8 yards per game - it totaled 30 this afternoon ... The third quarter Emporia rushing touchdown was the first rushing score in the overall series since the 1998 season.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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