TACOMA, Wash.—The University of Puget Sound football team played until the final whistle Saturday, but couldn't dig itself out of a 21-point hole, falling 38-31 to Case Western Reserve on Peyton Field at Baker Stadium.
The Loggers scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the contest, nearly eliminating a 21-point Spartan lead to end the game. The Spartans scored a touchdown with 3:20 left in the game to take a commanding 38-17 lead over Puget Sound. Braden Foley and the Logger offense didn't just run out the clock, however, they drove down the field in less than a minute and a half, finding paydirt on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Parker Brisebois with 1:54 left on the clock.
Still down by 14, Puget Sound lined up for an onside kick. Logger kicker Sawyer Petre's kick was touched by a Case Western player, but bounced to Austin Moore of Puget Sound to keep the Loggers' hopes alive. With the ball in midfield, the Loggers drove again thanks to a 15-yard unsportmanlike conduct penalty on Case Western and a first down. Foley then connected with Kevin Miller for Miller's second receiving touchdown of the day to draw the Loggers within seven.
The comeback was not to be, however, as Petre's second onside kick in the final two minutes rolled out of bounds, allowing Case Western to kneel twice and escape with a victory.
"The hallmark of our program is that we're going to compete until the last whistle," said Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas, "and I was not surprised that our guys competed until the very end."
The Loggers opened scoring on the day as Miller caught his first touchdown in the first quarter off an eight-yard pass from Foley. Case Western didn't find the endzone in the first quarter at all, but scored three times in the second to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Puget Sound had the ball to begin the second half, driving long enough for Petre to nail a 35-yard field goal and bring the Loggers within seven. Case Western then tallied a 14-play, eight-minute drive to take time off the clock, capped by a four-yard touchdown pass from Erik Olson to Adam Hochman.
The Spartans added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to end the day at 38 points, their highest offensive output of the season. They converted seven of 17 third down attempts and went five of six on fourth down, making many big conversions on their scoring drives.
The Loggers gained 313 yards, their highest total of the year as well. Foley went 26-45 at quarterback, throwing four 313 yards and four touchdowns, bringing his career touchdown pass totals to 39, just one away from the school record of 40 set by Ivy Iverson in 1977-1978. Foley was also the Loggers' highest-gaining rusher, running for 43 yards on the day. Miller paced every receiver in the game with 92 yards and two touchdowns, while Brennan Schon went for 54 yards and a TD, Brisebose caught 45 yards and a TD, and Peter Bell had three catches for 71 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jacob Wuesthoff led all tacklers with 12 total tackles, and Roy Fuchigami tallied six tackles—one for a loss—and picked off Case Western's Billy Beecher. Connor Savage broke up three passes on the day, and made five tackles as well.
The Loggers (1-4, 0-2 NWC) return to conference action next week as they host Whitworth Saturday, Oct. 26. Puget Sound is celebrating Homecoming during the game, which will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Peyton Field at Baker Stadium.