Sept. 26, 2009

Courtesy of Northwest Missouri State

MARYVILLE, Mo.—Sixth-ranked Northwest Missouri State scored touchdowns on eight of 13 offensive possessions en route to a 70-0 win against Truman Saturday at Bearcat Stadium in the 75th battle for the Old Hickory Stick.

It’s the largest margin of victory for the Bearcats in series history (89 games). Northwest (4-1, 3-0 MIAA) has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14 games against Truman (1-4, 0-3 MIAA).

Truman ran 31 offensive plays in the first half that netted four yards. The Bulldogs finished with 92 yards with 62 coming on an empty fourth-quarter possession. Truman completed four passes in the contest for 45 yards.

Northwest sacked Truman quarterback Taylor Breen eight times for 65 yards. Sean Paddock got his 25th career sack on the second play of the game, making him the Bearcats’ all-time leader.

Northwest freshman receiver Tyler Shaw scored Northwest’s first two touchdowns and finished with three. He caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bolles, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone and ran the opening kick of the second half 92 yards. It was the first collegiate scores for Shaw.

Bolles completed 13-of-22 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half. His backup, Blake Christopher, threw for a score and ran for one in the second.

Jake Soy caught five passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Soy has seven touchdown receptions in five games this season.

Northwest gained 310 of its 497 yards with its starters in the first half. Nearly all Bearcat starters remained on the sidelines for the entire second half.

Northwest’s win coupled by Missouri Western’s win against Pittsburg State sets up a matchup of the lone undefeated teams in MIAA play next Saturday at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.