Puget Sound takes on Pacific in Oregon

Puget Sound takes on Pacific in Oregon

TACOMA, Washington – Tied for second place in the Northwest Conference, the Puget Sound football team returns to the road for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Pacific Saturday, Nov. 2.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound at Pacific

 WHERE 

 Forest Grove, Ore. 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Nov. 2 | 1 p.m. 

 LIVE

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Sinking the ship

Puget Sound beat Whitworth for the first time since 1995 with a 34-23 triumph in Baker Stadium (Oct. 26). Murdock Rutledge threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his legs that stunned the Pirates. Rutledge ran for 96 yards on 16 carries. He wasn't the only Logger to eclipse 90 rush yards, as Duncan Varela totaled 92 yards on the ground. Jewell Day finished with 118 receiving yards on eight catches and a touchdown, while AJ Johnson amassed three touchdown catches. Defensively, Ryan Hickey recovered two fumbles, Zabran forced two fumbles, and Jacob Biggle had an interception. The Loggers came away with three sacks, including 1.5 by Keanu Songcuan.

 

Going big in Baker

The Loggers are 5-0 in Baker Stadium, with the most recent win coming against Whitworth (Oct. 26). The first win was the season-opener against Claremont-M-S, with a final score of 21-17 (Sept. 7). Two weeks later the Loggers topped La Verne, 28-24 (Nov. 21). Following its bye week, Puget Sound outlasted George Fox in overtime, 24-23 (Oct. 5). The Loggers produced a historic Homecoming win over Pacific Lutheran, 45-23 (Oct. 19). The victory over the Lutes marked Puget Sound's most points scored against PLU. It also stands as the first time since 1978-79 that Puget Sound beat the Lutes in consecutive years.

 

The Loggers' Jewell

Jewell Day leads all NWC receivers with 669 receiving yards. He has at least 100 receiving yards in each of this last three games, including a career-best 250 yards on 11 catches and two touchdowns against Pacific Lutheran (Oct. 19).

 

AJ's zone

After his three-touchdown game against Whitworth, AJ Johnson's eight receiving touchdowns are tied for second the NWC. His 74 receptions lead the conference by 23, and his 648 receiving yards trail only Jewell Day.

 

Washington's state

Silas Washington recorded his fourth rushing touchdown of the season against Whitworth. He is the third Logger to have at least four rushing touchdowns in a season since 2012. Austin Wagner finished with four rushing touchdowns in 2016, and Paul Thomas had six in 2017.

 

Forcing the issue

With two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, corner back Michael Zabran is accountable for forced turnovers. That total is tied for the second-highest mark in the NWC.

 

Is he a running quarterback?

Murdock Rutledge ranks second in the NWC for passing yards per game (254.8), but his 96 rushing yards against Whitworth stands as the most rushing yards in a game by a NWC quarterback this season.

 

Scouting Pacific (2-5, 2-2 NWC)

The Boxers lost to George Fox, 21-18, last week, but Pacific put up eye-popping numbers in its previous two games. Before the loss against the Bruins, Pacific beat Lewis & Clark, 56-28, and topped Willamette, 59-14. Josh Harris' 109.3 rushing yards per game leads the NWC by a large margin – the next closest mark is 68.3. Harris also has a conference-best nine rushing touchdowns. Although Pacific has the top rushing offense in the NWC (176.7 yards per game), the passing offense ranks sixth (229.3 yards per game).