TACOMA, Washington – Braden Foley threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns and Kevin Miller caught 11 passes for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Puget Sound football team lost to crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran, 42-27, at Baker Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Miller's 11 catches mark the fourth time this season he has finished with double-digit receptions, and his 130 yards against PLU marks his first 100-yard game of the year.
The Loggers (3-4, 2-3 NWC) and Lutes (5-2, 3-2 NWC) remained close through the first 15 minutes as PLU held a narrow 7-3 lead. Marc Gallant's two-yard touchdown with 9:05 on the clock in the second quarter gave the Lutes a 14-3 lead, but Puget Sound struck back when Foley connected with Miller for a 53-yard touchdown strike up the middle of the field with one minute left in the half. The Loggers added a two-point conversion to pull to within a field goal, 14-11.
However, PLU marched 71 yards on seven plays in 42 seconds as a 24-yard touchdown run by Niko Madison gave the Lutes a 21-11 advantage heading into halftime.
Dalton Ritchey's 19-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Warner accounted for the only points in the third quarter, as the Loggers found themselves trailing, 28-11, entering the fourth quarter. The Ritchey-Warner duo hooked up again early in the fourth, this time on a 31-yard touchdown that increased PLU's lead to 35-11.
Despite the daunting deficit, the Loggers demonstrated a mental toughness that allowed them to outscore the Lutes in the fourth quarter, 16-14.
The Lutes' 24-point lead didn't last long, as the Loggers went 64 yards on eight plays, and Foley's two-yard touchdown pass to Miller capped off a 1:54 drive. Puget Sound trailed, 35-17, after a failed two-point conversion with 11:57 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
Sawyer Petre's second field goal of the afternoon cut the deficit to 35-20 midway through the fourth, but Warner caught his third touchdown pass of the game to extend the Lutes' lead to 42-20
Foley connected with Steve Branham for a 10-yard touchdown completion with 1:08 left in the game.
The Loggers host Linfield on Saturday, Nov. 8, for Puget Sound's final home game of 2014. The Loggers will honor their senior class prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff.