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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 17, 2009

Northwest Number One in Final AFCA Poll

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State has received the top ranking from the American Football Coaches Association in the final Division II poll of the season. The Bearcats (14-1) beat Grand Valley State 30-23 last weekend to capture their third national championship and first since 1999.

It's the first number one ranking for the Bearcats since November of 2000. Northwest spent the entire 2000 campaign with the nation's top ranking after beating Carson-Newman in the 1999 title game.

Three of the Bearcats' four playoff opponents finished in the top 10. Grand Valley State and Central Washington were second and third, respectively. California (Pa.) finished seventh.

Washburn at No. 25 was the only other MIAA team to finish in the rankings, the lowest tally by the league since the final poll of 2004.

Final AFCA Poll

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

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