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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 29, 2007

Northwest Scores Record 86 Points Against SBU

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State set a program record for points scored in an 86-13 win against Southwest Baptist Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcats scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions and beat SBU for the 13th straight time.

Northwest led 36-0 at the end of the first quarter and 56-6 at halftime. It was the most points scored in a quarter and a half in school history. The Bearcats outgained SBU 617-211.

Josh Mathews was 7-of-9 for 168 yards and three touchdowns, including a 60-yard bomb to Kendall Wright that gave Northwest a 50-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half. It was the final series of the game for most of Northwest's starters.

Wright caught two passes in the game, both touchdowns. He hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass for Northwest's 36th point of the first quarter.

Xavier Omon carried just 14 times, but still managed 116 yards and the game's first three touchdowns. He scored from 1-, 6- and 5-yards out. It's the first time Omon has run for three or more touchdowns in two straight games and it was his ninth straight game with 100 or more yards rushing.

Steve Gachette was the lone bright spot for Southwest Baptist. He threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Smart caught eight passes for 46 yards and Deon Whiteside had six receptions for 83 yards.

Three errant snaps from center helped Northwest set an MIAA record for rushing yards allowed. Southwest Baptist had minus-74 yards rushing. Joshua Vaughn, the featured back, had 16 carries for 14 yards. Gachette was sacked four times for 42 yards and the team lost 60 yards combined on a snap over Gachette's head and two that got past the punter.

Two of the snaps led to safeties. The Bearcats have had four safeties in the last two games and are one shy of tying the league's single-season record.

Sydney Brisbane returned a punt 54 yards for a score to make it 56-6 Northwest. Myles Burnsides returned an interception 27 yards his first career touchdown and a 63-13 lead in the third quarter. Clint Moore added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth, including a 31-yard strike for Northwest's 12th and final touchdown.

Ten Northwest backs combined for 379 yards rushing and six touchdowns. E.J. Falkner scored from 79 yards out on a reverse. It's the Bearcats longest scoring play from scrimmage this season.

Northwest quarterbacks Mathews, Blake Bolles and Joel Osborn combined for 238 yards, four touchdowns and just six incomplete passes. Bolles found Greg Applegate for an 8-yard strike and the first touchdown pass of his career.

Ryan Jones led Northwest defensively with seven tackles and two blocked kicks. He blocked both a punt and an extra point attempt in the first half. Northwest has blocked either a kick or punt in eight of its last 11 games.

Sean Paddock and Eric Shafer had 1.5 sacks each and Kyle Sunderman added another. Brandon Clayton and Ron Everline, in addition to Burnsides, intercepted passes for the Bearcats. Aldwin Foster-Rettig recovered a fumble.

Individual Notes
• Xavier Omon ran for 107 yards on 11 carries by 3:52 in the first quarter.
• Xavier Omon's three touchdown runs gives him 432 career points … he needs 446 points to tie for fourth in the MIAA all-time rankings (Jarrett Anderson, Truman, 1993-96)
• This is the third straight game Omon has rushed for multiple touchdowns in a game, the longest such streak in his career since Sept. 9-23, 2006 … It's the first time Omon has run for three or more touchdowns in two straight games.
• Omon recorded his ninth straight game with 100 or more rushing yards - all accumulated in the first half.
• First rushing touchdown for E.J. Falkner since Nov. 5, 2005 (came against Southwest Baptist) … also his third career rushing touchdown - all three have come at home in MIAA contests.
• Kendall Wright's two touchdown receptions are the most for him a single game.
• Sydney Brisbane's punt return for a touchdown is his first career touchdown.
• Myles Burnsides recorded his first career interception return for a touchdown … Marked his fourth career interception and first this season.
• Ryan Jones led Northwest with seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assists), a blocked punt and a blocked extra point attempt.

Team Notes
• Northwest has recorded four safeties this season … The MIAA record in a season is five.
• Thirty-six points in the first quarter is the most in any quarter in school history.
• Fifty-six points in the first half is the most in any half.
• Northwest's first seven drives resulted in touchdowns.
• Northwest is outscoring opponents 85-9 in the first quarter this season.
• Southwest Baptist's touchdown with six minutes remaining in the first half is the latest an opponent has scored this season.
• First time Northwest has recorded a safety in two straight games since 2003 (based on available records at game site).
• Northwest has returned a punt return for a touchdown in the past two games ... First time since Nov. 27 2004 - Aug. 25, 2005 … MIAA season record is four.
• Northwest averaged 12.8 yards per play in the first half … if the Bearcats had maintained that average through the game, it would have been a new NCAA Division II record (12.1 - Hanover vs. Franklin - Oct. 30, 1948 - 75 for 910).
• Northwest is 17-3 all-time against Southwest Baptist, winning the past 12 games.
• First time Northwest has rushed for over 300 yards (379 yards rushing) since Sept. 18, 2004 (Missouri-Rolla, 391 yards).
• Three interceptions in one game are the most since Oct. 28, 2006 (three vs. Central Missouri).
• Bobby Bearcat did a record 677 pushups - Bobby does pushups after every score (touchdown, field goal, safety) equal to the number of points on the board.
• Northwest set new school records with 86 points and largest margin of victory with 73.
• Northwest scored on 12 of its 17 possessions.
• Northwest held Southwest Baptist to minus-74 rushing yards, a new school and MIAA record.
• Northwest surpassed 600 total yards of offense (617 tonight) for the first time since Oct. 9, 2004 (606 vs. Missouri Southern).

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