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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 9, 2008

Bearcats Get Bye, Home Game Nov. 22

MARYVILLE, Mo.- (Bracket) MIAA-champion Northwest Missouri State (10-1) has been named the No. 2 seed in Super Regional 4 and has earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II football playoffs, set to begin Nov. 15. The Bearcats will play the winner of MIAA foes Nebraska-Omaha (7-3) and Pittsburg State (10-1), the No. 6 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, at Bearcat Stadium Nov. 22 in a noon kickoff (CST).

The other side of the bracket pits No. 5 Central Washington (10-1) against No. 4 West Texas A&M (10-1). The winner must travel to top-seeded Abilene Christian (10-0) of the Lone Star Conference Nov. 22.

Northwest has earned its 13th NCAA playoff appearance and its 11th in the last 13 years. The Bearcats have advanced to the national championship game in each of the last three seasons.

Northwest handed Nebraska-Omaha and Pittsburg State their first losses of the season in consecutive weeks during the regular season and neither was played in Maryville. The Bearcats shut out Nebraska-Omaha 42-0 in Omaha Sept. 27 and beat Pittsburg State 35-10 in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Oct. 4.

Northwest is 4-0 at home against Nebraska-Omaha under head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. The teams last met in the postseason in 1998, when the Bearcats won the first of back-to-back national championships.

Because of the Fall Classic, Northwest and Pittsburg State haven't played in Maryville since 2000. The teams split a pair of playoff games in 2004 and 2005 with the Bearcats winning the latter. Northwest has won the last three meetings between the two teams.

With 22 wins in his previous 10 playoff appearances, Tjeerdsma is the winningest DII coach in postseason history. He's 9-1 in the opening games and 13-3 at home.

Northwest will begin playoff ticket sales for all fans at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17. The Northwest ticket office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Tickets can be ordered in person at the Student Services Center, by phone (660-562-1212) or online at

Get Your Tickets By…
Tickets will be available for sale through close of business Friday, Nov. 21, or online until 11:59 p.m.

• On the day of competition, the ticket booths will open two and a half hours prior to kickoff and gates will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff.

Ticket Prices:
Ticket prices for playoff games are as follows:
Reserved: $10 (all ages)
Standing Room Only (SRO): $8 (all ages)
Northwest Students: $5 w/ID (only one ticket per student at this price)
Note: The NCAA prohibits complimentary admission

Should Northwest Advance:
Should Northwest advance and host a game on Nov. 29, the following procedure will be utilized:

• On Tuesday, Nov. 25, tickets will go on sale at 12:30 p.m. for all fans.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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