TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound football team suffered a 34-23 loss on Saturday to the visiting Sewanee Tigers. The Tigers (2-1) scored 34 consecutive points in the second and third quarters to capture the victory.
The Loggers (0-2) opened up the game with 10 points in the first half and ended back-to-back possessions by forcing turnovers on downs. George Ka'ai found Ross Zuhl for a leaping grab in the end zone to give the Loggers the 10-0 lead.
However, the middle quarters belonged to the Tigers as they tallied 34 unanswered points. With just over two minutes left in the second quarter, Curtis Johnson snuck in for a 1-yard score that gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead at the half.
Sewanee's offense then found the end zone on its next two possessions and Alex Head added a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown to pad the Tigers' lead to 34-10.
Sewanee used clutch 3rd down conversions and 9-of-12 passing to continue driving toward the end zone and building their lead. The Tigers were 8-of-13 on third down conversions to key the victory.
With less than a minute left in the third quarter, the Loggers broke their scoring silence when Ka'ai found Thiesen Chang for a 4-yard TD strike. Chang led all receivers with 10 receptions for 87 yards. Zuhl added eight catches for 72 yards.
Tyler Vlasak led the Logger defense with 10 tackles in the game, making it his second consecutive game with double digit tackles. Dave McKeithen equaled that number for Sewanee. The Logger defense tallied seven tackles for loss. Kyle Rodriguez led the Loggers in that category with two TFLs.
The Loggers struck again in the fourth quarter to climb back into the game. Ka'ai snuck into the end zone after his pass to Lukas Diesing landed the Loggers inside the one. Down 34-23, the Loggers tried for an onside kick but Sewanee jumped on the loose ball. The Loggers forced a punt but were unable to find the end zone in their final possession.
Sewanee outgained the Loggers 402-392 with 218 yards rushing and 184 yards passing. The Loggers gained over 300 yards through the air for the fifth consecutive game, dating back to last season.
The Loggers begin a three-week road trip next week with a trip to Whittier College in southern California. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in a grudge match of last year's six overtime battle.