Oct. 28, 2006
Northwest Remains Undefeated in 31-14 Victory Over Central Missouri
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - (stats) No. 2 Northwest Missouri State football extended its road conference-winning streak to 11 games after defeating the University of Central Missouri 31-14 this afternoon at Walton Stadium. The Northwest defense held Central Missouri to 330 yards of offense including 79 second-half yards in moving to 9-0 overall on the year and winning its fourth meeting in five affairs against the Mules.
Central Missouri falls to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in MIAA play after losing its third time in four games.
Turnovers were the theme in the game as UCM turned the ball over five times (3 INTs, 2 fumbles) and Northwest lost a fumble while throwing two picks. The Mule offense could never capitalize on the Northwest turnovers due to a 3-of-12 performance on combined third and fourth-down plays and nine dropped balls by the wide receivers.
After both teams traded three-and-outs on their first offensive series from scrimmage, Central Missouri, known for its passing offense, recorded the game's initial first-down on a 21-yard rush. That drive ended though on an interception by senior Darcell Clark, his first of the season.
Redshirt freshman Abe Qaoud put Northwest on the board first for the 10th straight game after catching a 13-yard pass from junior Josh Mathews. On that 6 play, 70-yard drive, junior Xavier Omon ate up 35 yards on a variety of rushes and catches. After Tommy Frevert's PAT, Northwest led 7-0 one minute into the second quarter. UCM's Jason McCartney made the score 7-6 off a 14-yard touchdown catch mid-way through the second frame, but the PAT attempt failed. McCartney's catch was set up by a 31-yard interception return by Randy Shepherd the previous play.
But from there, it was all Northwest scoring 24 straight points before Central Missouri picked up a late touchdown and two-point conversion at the 2:04 mark in the fourth quarter off a blocked punt.
Northwest led 17-6 at the half as Frevert hit a 26-yard field goal as the final horn sounded in the second half. He now stands 8-of-13 for field goals on the year. The Bearcats salted the game away thanks to the first career touchdown by sophomore Brant Gregg from two yards out in the middle of the third. The score stood 24-6 at that point.
Omon, who went for a season-high 166 rushing yards on 23 carries (7.2 ypc), departed in the third quarter with an apparent rib injury. Mathews hit for 22-of-34 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Besides Qaoud, Mathews threw touchdowns to junior Mike Peterson in the second quarter and junior E.J. Falkner in the fourth frame. Sophomore Kendall Wright wrapped up his day with a team-best seven catches for 55 yards.
Korrodi was 23-of-47 passing for 273 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He spread the ball around to nine receivers as Matt Jacobsen led the way with five catches and 67 yards. Jeremy Braden was the top rusher with 57 yards on 10 carries.
Sophomore cornerback Brandon Clayton tied with senior Thomas Smith for the tackle-lead with five apiece. Four other defenders posted four each. UCM's Kendal Ricketts had a Northwest opponent-high 19 tackles with Rod Washington posting 11 stops.
Taking part in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead V, Northwest takes on #8 Pittsburg State next Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Getting blanked in the first quarter, that marked only the second time this season Northwest failed to score in the 1st quarter … Xavier Omon went for his sixth 100-yard game this season and 21st of his career (36 games) … Josh Mathews has passed for at least one touchdown in each of his nine starts this year … UCM quarterback Toby Korrodi, who entered the game second in the NCAA in pass efficiency (173.0), recently had a streak of 247 straight passes without an interception - today he had three … LaRon Council left the game in the third quarter (6:51) on a stretcher with what appeared to be a leg injury … With the three interceptions posted by Northwest, it was the first such time since it finished with 3-plus since going for four against Pittsburg State (Nov. 26, 2005) … PK Tommy Frevert has now made 68 straight PAT's after a 4-for-4 effort today … Northwest has not trailed this season at any point … UCM became just the second opponent this season (in 9 games) to go over 300 yards of total offense … Omon moved up to 8th-place on the MIAA list for career rushing yards (all games) with 4,200 yards.
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