Sept. 19, 2009
Northwest Runs MIAA Win Streak to 30 Games
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State running back LaRon Council ran for three scores and quarterback Blake Bolles passed for two more to lead the sixth-ranked Bearcats to a 37-27 win against Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.
A capacity crowd of 8,870 - sixth largest in program history - watched Northwest extend its MIAA win streak to 30 games. The Bearcats last conference loss came against Pittsburg State in October of 2005.
Northwest improved to 14-2 in home openers under coach Mel Tjeerdsma, who moved into a tie for eighth place on Division II's all-time wins list. Tjeerdsma's 219 wins are one behind Gene Carpenter of Millersburg for seventh place.
Bearcat senior defensive end Sean Paddock tied Ryan Waters' career sack mark of 24 in the fourth quarter. Paddock has 4.5 sacks this season and moved past Waters and into third place on Northwest's career tackles-for-loss list with 39.
Northwest (3-1, 2-0 MIAA) scored 23 points in the second quarter, led 30-20 at the half and never trailed. The two teams combined for 516 yards in the first half and 296 in the second.
Tyler Roach blocked a Nebraska-Omaha extra-point attempt in the second quarter, which Ryan Jones scooped up and ran 60 yards for a two-point, defensive conversion. Roach blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt by Greg Zuerlein with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter that would've made it a one-score game. Roach has blocked five kicks in his last 19 games.
The first half ended with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Bolles to Jake Soy. The Bearcats called two timeouts to force the Mavericks (2-2, 1-1) to punt. An illegal procedure penalty during Nebraska-Omaha's punt allowed the Bearcats to take one untimed down. It was Soy's fifth touchdown reception this season.
Bolles also threw a 69-yard strike in the second quarter to Jordan Simmons, who recorded his first collegiate score. Bolles finished 20-of-28 for 266 yards.
Maverick quarterback Greg Wunderlich passed for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns. He found freshman Brian Miller eight times for 161 yards and a score in Miller's second collegiate contest.
Council rushed 17 times for 113 yards and doubled his season touchdowns total to six. He scored on a 19-yard run for the game's first score. His 28-yard scamper gave Northwest a 37-20 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
In addition to the two-point conversion, Jones earned his fourth career interception and finished with six tackles. Adam Vondrak, Kyle Sunderman and Shayne Shade had seven stops to lead the Bearcats.
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