Loggers end Road Trip with Loss at Pacific
FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The University of Puget Sound football ended a three-game road trip with a loss Saturday, falling 56-14 to Pacific University at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore.
The Loggers (1-3, 0-2 NWC) opened the game well as Austin Moore forced a Pacific fumble just inside Puget Sound territory. Puget Sound gained 26 yards on the subsequent drive and gave Sawyer Petre a chance to equal his school-record 51 yard field goal from last Saturday. Petre couldn't make the record-tying field goal again, however, and missed his first kick of the year in the process.
Pacific quickly capitalized on the miss, driving down the field in four minutes for a touchdown catch by Jordan Fukumoto. The Boxers expanded on their lead when Brandon Harms intercepted a Brandon Foley pass and returned that for a touchdown. A few plays later, Pacific picked off Foley again and started another touchdown drive, putting the Loggers down 21-0 heading into the second quarter.
The Boxers scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter, all through the air. Pacific quarterback T.C. Campbell tossed both his touchdowns the quarter, both also going for at least 40 yards. Also, PJ Minaya tallied the first touchdown pass of the day 39 seconds before halftime.
Puget Sound's offense got going more in the second half as the Loggers took the opening kick and drove down the field, scoring on a 12-yard pass from Foley to Kevin Miller. Pacific also added seven points in the quarter, scoring on a Bronson Barretto run.
On the opening drive of the fourth quarter, the Loggers benefitted from the second Boxer turnover of the game, a fumble by Pacific's Warner Shaw. After Jeremy Perkovich recovered the fumble, the Loggers drove 34 yards in two and a half minutes, scoring on a 25-yard Foley pass to Brennan Schon.
Before the end of the game, Pacific topped of the contest with a four-yard rushing touchdown, putting the score at 56-14 in favor of the Boxers. In the second half, the Loggers put up 170 yards of offense, out gaining the Boxers who only tallied 158 in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
Pacific tallied 443 total yards compared to 281 put up by Puget Sound. The Loggers put up 202 yards through the air and 79 on the ground and turned the ball over five times while the Boxers tallied just the two fumbles on the day.
The Loggers return home next weekend, hosting Case Western Reserve on Saturday, Oct. 19. That game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at Peyton Field in Tacoma, Wash.