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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 24, 2007

Statement On Thursday's Football Season Opener

After further investigation into last night's football game between Northwest Missouri State and Arkansas Tech, Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter has determined Northwest the victor of the contest by a score of 21-0.

Boerigter confirmed with the game's referee that the officiating crew ruled that when the game was terminated, the score was official. Based on that ruling, Northwest records will credit the football team and Head Coach Mel Tjeerdsma with a win. Individual game statistics will not count per NCAA rule 31.9.5.3.

"Because we acknowledge Arkansas Tech's dispute of the ruling, we have forwarded all information to the NCAA Division II football committee for its consideration," said Boerigter.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468