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Central Steamrolls Humboldt State, 48-10

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University scored 31 second-half points to turn a close game into a 48-10 rout of visiting Humboldt State University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.

The win improved the eighth-ranked Wildcats' overall record to 4-0 and their conference mark to 3-0. Humboldt State fell to 1-3 on the year including 0-2 in GNAC action.

Central Washington scored the game's first points on its third possession of the game. Senior quarterback Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) connected with junior Johnny Spevak (Edgewood/Puyallup HS) on a seven-yard pass play with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter, and Garrett Rolsma (University Place/Curtis HS) added the extra point for a 7-0 Wildcat lead.

Humboldt State got on the scoreboard on its first full possession in the second quarter, as Enrique Leyva booted a 23-yard field goal at the 10:55 mark to snap a scoreless streak of 171 minutes, 21 seconds in the head-to-head series with CWU. The Lumberjacks' last points against the Wildcats had come in the second quarter of the teams' 2005 season finale at Arcata, Calif.

The Wildcats matched Leyva's field goal with a 32-yard kick by Rolsma on their next possession to cap the longest possession of the game (by time). They then took advantage of good field position in their next series, gaining possession at the Lumberjacks' 37-yard line and culminating the first half scoring with a 15-yard scoring strike from Reilly to Spevak.

In the second half, the defense shut down Humboldt State on its first six possessions, including two interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Wildcats then converted those stops into points, as Rolsma added a 37-yard field goal followed by Reilly's three-yard run and a 51-yard fumble return by sophomore Tyrell Nielsen (Woodland) that extended the lead to 34-3 entering the fourth quarter.

Two Wildcat running backs scored their first career touchdowns to account for Central's scoring in the fourth quarter, as Justin Leonard (Woodland) and Andrew Skorney (Everett) had TD runs of eight and 17 yards, respectively, to push the margin to 48-3. Humboldt State then scored the final points of the contest on a 23-yard pass from Brian Hildebrand to Kevin Miles with 7:20 to go.

CWU junior Ryan Dyer (University Place/Life Christian Academy) had a standout defensive game for the Wildcats, finishing with four quarterback sacks and a team-high seven tackles. Three players -- Taylor Breitzman (Valley Springs, Calif./Calaveras HS), Chris James (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), and Buddy Wood (Chattaroy/Riverside HS) -- added six tackles each. All three of the Wildcats' takeaways netted big yards, as Jerome Williams (Seattle/Ballard HS) and Chase Hessler (Walla Walla) had interception returns of 42 and 14 yards, respectively, in the second half.

The combination of Reilly and Spevak again led the Central Washington offense, as Reilly threw for 311 yards on 23 of 40. His 24-yard completion to sophomore Tamarria Landers (Federal Way/Decatur HS) in the fourth quarter enabled him to break the 10,000-yard passing plateau for his career, joining Jon Kitna as the only Wildcats in school history to accomplish that feat. Spevak had 134 receiving yards on nine catches for two touchdowns.

Out of the backfield, Skorney finished with 67 yards rushing on 17 carries in his collegiate debut. Leonard also had a career-high with 32 yards on nine carries.

Humboldt State logged 289 yards of total offense, but just 58 on the ground as the Wildcats accumulated five sacks of starting quarterback Mike Proulx. Corey Stollmeyer was the Lumberjacks' top rusher with 36 yards on four carries. Proulx completed 14 of 28 passes for 159 yards with two interceptions before departing in the fourth quarter, and backup Brian Hildebrand finished with a 5 for 13 outing for 72 yards and a touchdown. Matt Smith led all Humboldt receivers with seven catches for 83 yards.

Central Washington will now step out of conference (and NCAA Division II) play by traveling to perennial NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision member Montana next Saturday (Sept. 27). The Wildcats and Grizzlies are slated for a 1:05 p.m. (MDT) kickoff at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont. CWU then returns home on Oct. 4 to face Dixie State College of Utah.

NOTES: Reilly now has 10,013 passing yards and 11,053 yards of total offense in his career. He trails Kitna in both categories ... Reilly broke the 300-yard mark for the 11th time in his career, the third-highest total in school history ... Spevak moved into third place on the career list for receptions with his nine-catch effort against the Lumberjacks gives him 187 for his career. Spevak also moved up in three other major categories -- touchdowns (seventh, 28), scoring (eighth, 170), and all-purpose yards (10th, 2,592) ... Rolsma now has 24 career field goals made, one shy of the school record of 25 (Craig Warmenhoven) ... Skorney and Taylor Tanasse (Yakima/West Valley HS) each made their first collegiate start on Saturday against the Lumberjacks ... Central Washington has outscored Humboldt State 167-17 in the last four meetings between the two schools at Tomlinson Stadium. The Wildcats also extended their win streak in the head-to-head series with the Lumberjacks to 13 games, and have won 20 consecutive contests overall against current members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.