TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound football team held its own in the first half but fell 47-7 to the third-ranked Linfield Wildcats on Saturday in its home finale. The Loggers (0-8, 0-5 NWC) held the Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 NWC) to just 13 first half points but the Logger offense wasn't able to get going until late in the contest.
The Linfield offense was on display with 692 yards of total offense, including 162 yards on the ground and a 422 yard passing performance from Mickey Inns. Inns tossed three TDs and all came in the second half.
Despite Linfield piling up the yardage, the Logger defense was able to hold its own in bending but not breaking in the first half. Josh Kay kicked his two field goals in the first half and John Shaffer punched in a one-yard run for the only scoring of the first half.
Connor Savage led the Logger defense with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. He forced the fumble deep in Logger territory late in the first half and Roy Fuchigami returned it to near midfield. However, the Logger offense wasn't able to move the ball into scoring territory before the half ended.
The Logger defense also compiled four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in the game. Jacob Zier sacked Inns for one of his three tackles while celebrating his Senior Day.
However, the Linfield defense proved to be tough to crack as they sacked Braden Foley five times in the game and held the Loggers to just 218 of offense. Austin Wagner had 66 yards on 13 carries and scored the Loggers only touchdown on a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Linfield had already built a 40-0 lead by that point as Inns three for all three of his TDs in a 21-point third quarter for the Wildcats. Deidre Wiersma was the recipient of two of those passes and Charlie Poppen hauled in the other.
Adam Kniffin was Foley's favorite target with eight catches for 75 yards. Foley almost connected with Kniffin for a big play early in the game that could have given the Loggers a 7-3 lead. However, the ball was just out of the reach of Kniffin, who was well behind the Linfield defense, and the Loggers were forced to punt to end the drive.
Jeff Walton was called on to punt nine times in the game for the Loggers and averaged 43 yards per punt.
The Loggers finish up the 2012 season next week on the road when they visit Willamette at 4 p.m.