GVSU Drops 34-16 Decision At NW Missouri State

Lakers end 2007 with a 12-1 mark

Dec. 9, 2007

Maryville, Missouri - Grand Valley State dropped a 34-16 decision to NW Missouri State in NCAA DII semifinal action Saturday night in Maryville, Missouri. The loss snapped GVSU's 40-game winning streak. NW Missouri State advances to the NCAA DII National Championship game in Florence, Alabama next Saturday where they will play Valdosta State.

Leading 17-16, NW Missouri State took a 20-16 lead early in the fourth quarter when Tommy Frevert kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Bearcats intercepted a Brad Iciek pass on the Lakers' next possession and returned it 50 yards to the GVSU 15 yard line. NW Missouri scored three plays later when Joel Osborn hit Xavier Omon with an 11-yard TD pass. Frevert added the PAT for a 27-16 Bearcat lead. The Bearcats iced the game with Xavier Omon's 98-yard TD run.

GVSU opened the scoring with a 14-play, 83-yard drive that Justin Trumble concluded with 27-yard field goal. Northwest Missouri State answered with an eight-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:41 off the clock. However NWMS kicker, Tommy Frevert, missed a 31-yard field goal when it hit the left goal post and bounced back. NWMS took its first lead with a three-play, 45-yard drive. Omon scored on a 33-yard TD run and Frevert added the PAT for a 7-3 Bearcat lead. Grand Valley State drove 50-yards in 11 plays for a field goal. Trumble connected from 32 yards out to cut the NW Missouri lead to one, 7-6. Iciek completed a 23-yard pass to Antione Trent for a first down on second and 21 to keep the drive alive.

The Lakers regained the lead with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 3:30 off the clock. Iciek hit freshman running back James Berezik with a 20-yard scoring pass and Trumble added the PAT for a 13-7 GVSU lead. The TD reception was the first for Berezik this season.



Frevert pulled Northwest Missouri State to within three (13-10) with a 30-yard field goal with four seconds left in the first half. The Bearcats drove 59 yards in nine plays for the field goal. NW Missouri State opened the second half with a 10-play, 69-yard drive that Omon finished with an 8-yard TD run at the 8:55 mark of the third quarter. GVSU answered, but again had to settle for a Justin Trumble field goal. GVSU drove 51 yards in 10 plays before Trumble hit a 32-yard field goal. The field goal was the third of the game for Trumble.

Brad Iciek completed 23-of-42 passes for 273 yards and one TD. Brandon Horn hauled in seven catches for 89 yards. James Berezik led the rushing attack with 49 yards on 10 carries. Jacob McGuckin led the defense with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Anthony Adams recorded 10 tackles and four tackles for loss (-11). Ryan Gaydosh tallied six tackles, two QB sacks (-15) and four tackles for loss (-22).


James Berezik became the first freshman (true or redshirt) in GVSU history to go over the 1,000-yard mark in a single-season.

Brad Iciek's 30th TD pass moved him into a tie for fourth with Jeff Fox on the single list.