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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 31, 2008

2008 Football Schedule Announced

2008 Football Schedule

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Regional semifinalist Abilene Christian, family weekend against rival-Missouri Western and a return trip to MIAA newcomer Nebraska-Omaha highlight Northwest Missouri State's 2008 football schedule released today by Bearcat head coach Mel Tjeerdsma.

The Battle for the Old Hickory Stick takes place Sept. 20 in Kirksville, Mo., against Truman. The seventh installment of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead will take place Oct. 4 against Pittsburg State. Homecoming is slated for Oct. 18 against Fort Hays State.

The Bearcats' first three games will be played at Bearcat Stadium. Six of Northwest's final eight games will be played on the road or at a neutral site.

Eight of the 11 opponents had a winning record in 2007 and three competed in the playoffs. Abilene Christian finished 10-3, while Nebraska-Omaha was 10-1. Washburn qualified for the playoffs and finished 8-4. Missouri Western won the Mineral Water Bowl and was 9-3.

Game-By-Game

ACU: Northwest will play its season-opener at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Bearcat Stadium against Abilene Christian of the Lone Star Conference. The Wildcats finished second in their league, beat Mesa State in the opening round of the playoffs and blew a 22-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 76-73 triple overtime loss to Chadron State the following week.

Abilene Christian returns All-American running back Bernard Scott, the runner-up for Division II's Player of the Year award. Scott led the nation with 39 touchdowns, one more than Xavier Omon. He was the nation's second-leading rusher behind Omon with 2,165 yards. Scott will be a senior in his second season at Abilene Christian.

Northwest and Abilene Christian tied 24-24 in their only meeting back in 1985 in Abilene, Texas. The two teams will play in Texas to kickoff the 2009 schedule Aug. 29.

SBU: The Battle of the Bearcats takes place in week two as Northwest hosts Southwest Baptist at 6 p.m. Sept 6. Southwest Baptist is an independent in 2008, but will play non-conference games against Northwest in 2008 and 2009. The green Bearcats have won 13 in a row by an average of 39.3 points. Northwest won 86-13 in 2007.

MWSU: Northwest opens MIAA play at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 against Missouri Western on Family Weekend at Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcats won their conference-opener 44-20 against the Griffons this past year in St. Joseph, Mo. Northwest scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and led 28-0 in the second quarter. The Bearcats have won four in a row against the Griffons.

TSU (away): It will be Sept. 20 before Northwest plays its first road game. The Bearcats take on Truman in Kirksville, Mo., for the Battle of the Old Hickory Stick, the oldest traveling trophy in Division II. Northwest has kept possession of the trophy for the last six years. The Bearcats won this year's contest 53-6 in Maryville.

UNO (away): Nebraska-Omaha is competing in the MIAA for the first time and will welcome the Bearcats back to Omaha Sept. 27. The Mavericks beat the Bearcats in Northwest's season-opener 25-21 this past season after erasing a 21-6 fourth-quarter deficit. Quarterback Zach Miller and running back Brian McNeill, now seniors, are back to run the option for the Mavericks.

Nebraska-Omaha was 11-0 and named the top seed of the Northwest Region, but lost to Central Washington 20-17 at home in the second round of the playoffs. UNO had beat the Wildcats 59-21 on the road two weeks prior.

The Bearcats and Mavericks have squared off eight times in the last 10 years (4-4). The home team has won every time.

PSU (Arrowhead): The seventh installment of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead takes place at 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Northwest has won four of the six games, including a 37-34 overtime victory this past season.

UCM (away): The second half of the schedule begins in Warrensburg, Mo., Oct. 11 as the Bearcats take on Central Missouri. Northwest stopped a two-point conversion and recovered an onside kick late in the fourth quarter to seal a 28-26 win this past season in Maryville. The Bearcats have won the last four meetings.

FHSU (homecoming): Homecoming takes place at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 against Fort Hays State, the Bearcats' first home game in five weeks. No longer the newcomer of the league, the Bearcats and Tigers have met twice since FHSU joined the MIAA in 2006. Fort Hays has scored 10 points in its last eight quarters against the Bearcats.

Northwest has won 12 of its last 13 homecoming games, winning by an average of 32 points per game. The Bearcats beat the Tigers 59-0 on homecoming of 2006.

WU (away): Northwest and Washburn meet in Topeka, Kan., Oct. 25. A missed Ichabod extra point was the difference in this past season's 28-27 Northwest victory in Maryville. The Bearcats scored on 4th-and-8 in the final minute to earn their third straight win against Washburn.

ESU: Emporia State will be the opponent when Northwest honors its seniors Nov. 1 in Maryville. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Northwest has won 13 straight against the Hornets dating back to 1995 and leads the all-time series 22-2. The Bearcats won 24-7 in Emporia, Kan., this past season.

MSSU (away): The regular season ends as it did in 2007 with Missouri Southern. The game will take place Nov. 8 in Joplin, Mo. The Bearcats have beaten the Lions 13 straight times and lead the all-time series 15-4. Northwest won 49-14 this past season in Maryville.

Northwest Notes:
• Northwest has won 17 straight games at Bearcat Stadium, the second-longest streak in program history
• Northwest has won 21 straight games against MIAA opponents dating back to 2005
• Northwest has played for a national championship in five of the last 10 years, winning in 1998 and 1999
• Northwest has won nine MIAA championships in the last 12 seasons, including seven outright titles with a 9-0 record
• Northwest was 12-2 in 2007, 9-0 in the MIAA, and competed for a national championship for the third straight year

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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