Loggers' defense forces seven turnovers in loss to Whitworth

Loggers' defense forces seven turnovers in loss to Whitworth

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football team's defense forced seven turnovers, but the Loggers fell to Whitworth at Baker Stadium on Saturday, 24-7. Puget Sound and Whitworth entered the weekend as the Northwest Conference's top two offenses in yards per game, but wet weather played a factor in slowing both sides.

The Pirates (5-0, 2-0 NWC) came to Tacoma averaging over 500 yards of total offense, but the Loggers held Whitworth to 336 yards. On the flip side, Puget Sound (2-2, 1-1 NWC) mustered 196 yards of total offense.

Puget Sound wide receiver Kevin Miller continued to demonstrate why he's one of the best receivers in the country. Miller entered Saturday's contest ranked No. 3 in the nation with 10.7 receptions per game. The senior from Seattle, Washington, frustrated the Whitworth secondary with 121 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown.

Miller's fifth touchdown of the season brought Puget Sound to within 15-7 with 2:35 left in the first half. Hans Fortune's 23-yard completion up the middle of the field to Max McGuinn set up a quick three-yard touchdown strike to Miller.

The Pirates' ensuing drive ended with Jacob Wuesthoff's first interception of the season as the Loggers entered halftime down by one possession.

Whitworth found the end zone five minutes into the second half as quarterback Ian Kolste scampered for an 11-yard score. Puget Sound's next possession ended with an interception, but the Loggers got the ball right back after Matt Ahnin recovered a Whitworth fumble on the Loggers' 34-yard line.

Both teams struggled to move the ball through most of the second half. The Pirates cushioned their lead to 24-7 following a safety with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Chris Beaulaurier led Puget Sound's defensive effort with a game-high 11 tackles, including one for a loss. The Loggers stopped the Pirates on five of their seven fourth-down attempts. Whitworth was also held to 29-percent efficiency (6-for-21) on third downs.

The Loggers remain at home when they host George Fox on Saturday, Oct. 17, for a 1 p.m. kickoff.