TACOMA, Washington - Brennan Schon set career-high marks with 189 receiving yards and three touchdown catches, but Occidental outlasted the Puget Sound football team, 46-41, in the Loggers' first home game of 2015 on Saturday afternoon.
Hans Fortune also set a career record with six touchdown passes while throwing for 431 yards. Kevin Miller grabbed 10 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and freshan Ian Borngrebe came away with his first collegiate touchdown.
Following the first quarter, Puget Sound honored former Logger Lonnie Tweet, who has been battling cancer. Tweet started at nose tackle for the Loggers from 1982-1987. He earned a B.A. in business and is a member of the Phi Delta Fraternity. Tweet was accompanied on the field by many of his teammates during the recognition.
The Loggers (1-1) found the end zone in their first possession of the game when Fortune found Borngrebe for a 19-yard touchdown completion less than four minutes into the game.
Occidental (1-0) answered back with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Kwame Do, but the even score was short-lived. Just over one minute later, Fortune hit Kevin Miller for a 45-yard touchdown to give the Loggers a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Occidental had an answer once again as quarterback Bryan Scott found Devin Bullock for an eight-yard touchdown strike early in the second quarter.
It took only 90 seconds for Puget Sound to regain the lead. Fortune connected with Schon down the sidelines for a 19-yard touchdown that capped off a six-play, 89-yard drive. Do tied things up, 21-21, with another 1-yard touchdown rush with 6:45 left in the second quarter. The teams remained tied entering halftime.
Through the first two quarters of play, Fortune had 187 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Miller caught eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Puget Sound didn't let up off the gas to open the second half. The Loggers took the opening drive 78 yards on 10 plays when Miller got his second touchdown catch of the game. Puget Sound marched its way to the Tigers' 29-yard line when Fortune found Miller for quick pass in the middle of the field. Miller turned up field, juked a couple of defenders, and crossed the goal line to give the Loggers a 28-21 edge.
The Tigers were poised to tie the game when Scott hit Max Gruber for a 17-yard touchdown completion with six minutes left in the third quarter, but Occidental's missed PAT left the Loggers with a one-point edge, 28-27. Occidental reclaimed the lead, 34-28, early in the fourth quarter, but Fortune and Schon connected for a 61-yard touchdown play to the Loggers ahead, 35-41.
Occidental recorded consecutive touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter, marking the first time either side scored consecutively. Fortune and Schon connected late in the quarter for a 70-yard touchdown down the visitor's sideline to bring Puget Sound to within 46-41 with 3:36 to play, but that's as close as the Loggers would get.
In a game that featured back-and-forth action, turnovers proved to be crucial. Puget Sound turned the ball over three times, while the Tigers committed just one turnover. The Loggers also had a tough go of it on third down, converting just two of their 11 third-down attempts (18 percent).
Puget Sound has consecutive bye weeks before opening its Northwest Conference schedule at Willamette on Oct. 3.
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