Special teams, defense pushes Loggers to a win at George Fox

Special teams, defense pushes Loggers to a win at George Fox

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team scored two touchdowns through the air, one on defense, and one on special teams as the Loggers picked up a Northwest Conference win on the road by beating George Fox, 33-14, on Saturday afternoon.

The Loggers (3-2, 2-1 NWC) held a 12-7 lead entering halftime, and neither side scored in the third quarter. However, Puget Sound erupted for 21 points in the fourth quarter. 

Nasser Abdelrasul returned an interception 78 yards for the touchdown to give the Loggers a 19-7 lead with 12:35 on the clock in the fourth quarter. The Bruins (0-5, 0-3 NWC) remained in striking distance when their ensuing possession resulted in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Grant Schroeder to Brad Lander, cutting Puget Sound's lead to 19-14 with 10:24 on the clock.

Connor Savage lined up deep to return the following kickoff for the Loggers, and the junior from Bothell, Washington, sprinted 99 yards for the touchdown, increasing Puget Sound's lead to 26-14.

"We have a lot of upperclassmen stepping up to make big plays in crucial situations," said Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas. "Nasser's interception and Connor's return show that we can win in several different ways."

The Logger defense made a couple of crucial stops late in the fourth quarter, and Braden Foley hit Kevin Miller for a 19-yard touchdown pass for the game's final score with 1:35 on the clock. 

"Our defense played with amazing mental toughness," said Thomas. "They were able to bounce back from allowing a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and they made big stops down the stretch."  

Puget Sound grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first quarter after Foley connected with Peter Bell for an 8-yard touchdown pass (the PAT was no good). Sawyer Petre's 20-yard field goal pushed the lead to 9-0 midway through the second quarter, but George Fox reached the end zone on Schroeder's seven-yard touchdown completion to Derek Richwine with 1:41 left in first half.

Six completions by Foley during half's final drive set up Petre's 47-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Loggers a 12-7 edge at the break.

Puget Sound's third win of the season is the most since 2008, and the Loggers still have four games remaining in 2014.

Foley completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Dustin Harrison finished with a game-high 85 receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Gilbert led the Loggers with 10 tackles and Doug Owusu recorded four tackles for a loss and the defensive end also picked up an interception.

The Loggers remain on the road when they play at Whitworth on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 

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