PORTLAND, Oregon – AJ Johnson achieved two Puget Sound records in the 2019 season finale, but the Loggers lost at Lewis & Clark, 33-21.
Johnson totaled 151 receiving yards on eight catches and three touchdowns against the Pioneers (4-5, 3-4 NWC). A D3football.com Preseason All-American, Johnson shattered the school records for receptions in a season and receiving yards in a season. He is the first Logger to reach 100 receptions in a single season, amassing 102 this fall. He also broke his own school for receiving yards in a season, reaching 1,147 yards this year.
Johnson's previous record was 1,096 receiving yards, which he achieved in 2018. Adam Kniffin's 95 receptions in 2011 was the previous Puget Sound standard.
Puget Sound (6-4, 4-3 NWC) found itself in a 7-0 hole after the first quarter, but Murdock Rutledge and Johnson and connected on two scores in the second quarter to give the Logges a 14-7 edge at halftime. The first touchdown to Johnson was a one-yard play, and then the duo connected again three minutes before halftime on a 20-yard touchdown reception.
Lewis & Clark scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half, including a 60-yard punt return for six points.
The third and final touchdown to Johnson was a 36-yard passing play in the fourth quarter.
All in all, Rutledge finished with 286 passing yards, but he had three interceptions to match his touchdowns.