Tough challenge awaits Loggers at No. 8 Linfield

Photo by Kurt DeVoe.
Photo by Kurt DeVoe.

TACOMA, Washington – Following its third-consecutive win at home, the Puget Sound football team has a tall task when it travels to No. 8 Linfield for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 4.

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound at Linfield

 WHERE 

 McMinnville, Ore. | Maxwell Field 

 WHEN

 Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m.

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Best at Baker

The Loggers improved to 3-0 at Baker Stadium this season, after edging out Willamette, 14-13, Oct. 28. Conversely, the Loggers are 0-4 on the road this fall.

 

Conference hardware

Jason Clayton became the third Logger this season to earn a Northwest Conference weekly award, the league announced Monday. The defensive back was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for defense after intercepting a pass in the end zone, blocking a field goal, and recording eight tackles. Todd Blakely (defense) and Tanner Diebold (offense) both earned NWC Student-Athlete of the Week following the Loggers' win over Occidental, Oct. 9.

 

Leaving them in the dust

Puget Sound wide receiver Dustin Harrison's 81.9 receiving yards per game leads the Northwest Conference. He has three consecutive 100-yard receiving games: 129 at Pacific (Oct. 14), 115 at Whitworth (Oct. 21), and 100 vs. Willamette (Oct. 28).

 

Turn it up

Puget Sound's defense is in a three-way tie for the conference lead in forced turnovers. The Loggers, George Fox, and Linfield all have nine interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.

 

Scoring by ground

Puget Sound is tied with George Fox for the most rushing touchdowns (15) in the NWC. Both Paul Thomas and Vance Wood have five rushing touchdowns, while Tanner Diebold and Andrew have two, apiece.

 

Total offense

Puget Sound ranks second in the NWC with 394.4 yards of total offense per game. Linfield is second-to-last with 324.6 total yards per game.

 

Scouting No. 8 Linfield (6-1, 5-0 NWC)

Nationally ranked in D3football.com's Top 10, the Wildcats have had to scratch and claw for their unblemished conference record. Linfield needed four field-goals to narrowly top George Fox, 12-6, Oct. 21. One week later, Linfield went into overtime at Pacific Lutheran, when Chidubem Nnoli's five-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats the win. Nnoli is tied for the league lead with seven rushing touchdowns, and J.D. Laswell is tied for the league lead with six receiving touchdowns. Linfield has a balance attack, entering the weekend with 1,170 rushing yards and 1,102 passing yards this season.

 

 

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