TACOMA, Washington – A historic third quarter launched the Puget Sound football team to a 61-6 victory over Occidental in the Loggers' first home game of the 2017 season in Baker Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
Puget Sound (1-1) totaled 41 points in the first 15 minutes after halftime, including 21 points in the final two minutes of the third quarter. Tanner Diebold completed a pass Jewell Day along the Oxy sideline, as Day shook a defender and sprinted into the end zone for a 51-yard scoring play. The touchdown gave the Loggers a 40-0 lead with 1:39 on the clock in the third quarter.
Occidental's next possession lasted just one play, as Marcus Wiley scooped up a fumble and took it to the house to give Puget Sound a 54-0 lead with 15 seconds left before the fourth quarter.
Nathaniel Abernethy finished with 85 receiving yards and a touchdown. He almost had a second touchdown after making an amazing diving catch at the Tigers' one-yard line in the middle of the third quarter. Vance Wood rushed for a touchdown from there. Paul Thomas added a pair of rushing touchdowns to go along with his 50 yards on the ground. Dustin Harrison led all players with nine receptions (74 yards).
The Loggers eclipsed 60 points in a game for the first time since the 2010 season, and they came up nine points shy of tying the program record (70, vs. Lewis & Clark, 2006).
The Loggers have consecutive bye weeks before their crosstown rivalry contest at Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 30, at 1 p.m.