TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team closed out the 2014 campaign with its fourth win of the season – a 27-14 triumph at Willamette on Saturday afternoon. The Loggers (4-5, 3-4 NWC) finish the year with their highest win total since 2007.
Kevin Miller eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the third time this year with 114 yards. His 10 receptions mark the fifth time he's caught at least 10 passes in a game this season. Braden Foley threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went to Miller.
Defensively, Connor Savage intercepted three passes and Chris Beaulaurier recorded a season-high 14 tackles, including one sack. William Geary (13), Matt Gilbert (11), and Jacob Wuesthoff (10) each finished with at least 10 tackles, marking the first time this season four Loggers recorded double-digit tackles in a game.
"It's such a great feeling for our senior class to make so many big plays throughout the entire game," said Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas. "This victory will inspire our student-athletes as they enter the offseason, and we continue to emphasize to prospective student-athletes that great things are taking place with Logger football."
Puget Sound opened the scoring on its second drive of the game. The Loggers marched 67 yards on eight plays, including a 22-yard completion to Steven Branham, which set up Dustin Harrison's seven-yard touchdown run.
The Logger defense forced the Bearcats (5-4, 3-4 NWC) to punt on their ensuing possession, allowing the Puget Sound offense to quickly pick up where it left off. Foley hit Miller for a 55-yard touchdown strike to give the Loggers a 14-0 edge in the first quarter.
Savage's first interception of the game set up a 16-yard touchdown completion to Brennan Schon, and the Loggers carried a commanding 21-0 lead into halftime.
Willamette got on the board thanks to a 22-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trent Spallas, but a pair of 33-yard field goals by Sawyer Petre gave Puget Sound a 27-7 lead through three quarters.
A two-yard touchdown run by the Bearcats' Dylan Jones early in the fourth quarter accounted for the game's final score, as the Puget Sound defense shut the door on Willamette for the rest of the game.
The Loggers' 4-5 overall record marks the program's best single-season turnaround since the 2004 season when Puget Sound finished 5-4 after an 0-9 season in 2003. The Loggers tie Willamette for fifth in the Northwest Conference as both teams finish with a 3-4 conference mark.
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