41-point third quarter leads to big win over Occidental

Photo by Kurt DeVoe
Photo by Kurt DeVoe

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.

The Tigers' (0-1) next possession ended after two plays, thanks to William Geary's interception. The very next play, Diebold connected with Aiden Santino for a 19-yard touchdown.

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.

Diebold finished the game with 313 passing yards and four touchdowns. Nik Bernhardt got in on the action and threw for 60 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey Hepner.

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). 

Todd Blakely was a menace on the defensive line, recording two sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. Keanu Songcuan finished with a sack and a forced fumble.

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.




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