TACOMA, Washington – Passing. Rushing. Defense. Special teams. The Puget Sound football team dominated Lewis & Clark in all facets of the game as the Loggers topped the Pioneers, 38-7, at Baker Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The win marks Puget Sound's first 2-1 start since the 2008 season, and its first consecutive home win since 2006. The Loggers (2-1, 1-0 NWC) opened the 2014 campaign with a 13-10 win at home against Claremont-M-S.
Senior quarterback Braden Foley finished 29-for-47 for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while Noah Frazier led the rushing attack with 96 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Wideout Kevin Miller pulled in a season-high 12 catches for 107 yards.
On the defensive side, Jake Wuesthoff returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Miller netted 72 yards in punt returns, including a 41-yard return that set up an easy Logger touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Loggers grabbed a 7-0 lead in the game's opening drive after Foley connected with Peter Bell for a 29-yard touchdown strike just over one minute into the game. The Puget Sound defense kept the Pioneers off the board through their first two possessions, but Lewis & Clark took advantage of a Logger fumble on the Puget Sound 47-yard line.
Soon after the Logger turnover, Michael Hawkins rushed for a 15-yard touchdown to even the score, 7-7, towards the end of the first quarter.
A 36-yard field goal by Sawyer Petre early in the second quarter allowed Puget Sound to regain the lead at 10-7. Foley connected with Bell for a touchdown once more, this time for a six-yard completion that increased the Logger lead to 17-7 with 4:52 left in the first half.
Puget Sound carried its 10-point lead into halftime, and the score remained the same after the third quarter. However, the Loggers exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers were forced to punt from its own four-yard line early in the fourth quarter, and Miller returned the kick 41 yards down to the Lewis & Clark five-yard line. Max McGuinn carried the ball twice from there, the latter of which was a two-yard dive to give Puget Sound a 24-7 lead.
In Lewis & Clark's ensuing possession, Wuesthoff returned his first interception of the year for a touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, Frazier showcased his blazing speed when he rushed for a 49-yard touchdown to give Loggers their 38-7 advantage.
Puget Sound remains at home when it hosts Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 11, during homecoming weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.