Turnovers Prove Costly As Loggers Fall To Lutes, 35-13
PUYALLUP, Wash. - The Puget Sound Loggers put together 413 yards of offense against a trick Pacific Lutheran defense but turnovers proved to be costly as the Lutes collected a 35-13 victory over the visiting Loggers in a Northwest Conference football game on Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Wash.
The Loggers looked to be off to a good start early in the game as they were moving the ball down the field on the opening drive but a fumble at the PLU 49 yard line gave the high-powered Lute offense a chance to strike first and PLU took advantage, using a 20 yard pass from Jordan Rasmussen to Isaac Moog to put six points on the board and the PAT by Richard Isett gave the Lutes a 7-0 advantage.
On their next possesion, the Loggers again had a costly turnover as PLU intercepted the pass from Kavin Williams (Ocean Shores, Wash./North Beach) and then drove 60 yards on nine plays to take a 14-0 advantage on a two yard run from Cody Phren and the Isett PAT.
In the second quarter, the Loggers defense shut the Lutes done, limiting PLU to just 31 second quarter yards and the Puget Sound offense took advantage. Casey Larson (Coupeville, Wash.) punched the ball in from three yards out to cap a six-play, 72-yard drive with 3:45 remaining that tightened the lead to just seven points, 14-7. Puget Sound nearly tied it up before halftime but Williams was stopped for a loss of one yard at the PLU two-yard line as time expired to give PLU the 14-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Lutes took advantage of a Puget Sound turnover yet again as Spencer Crace (Wilsonville, Ore.) was picked off by Andy Sturza with 5:58 left in the period and the Lutes marched down the field, using 11-plays to go 61 yards and collecting the touchdown on a four-yard pass from Rasmussen to Drew Griffin for the 21-7 lead.
The fourth quarter didn't get much better for the Loggers as PLU scored back-to-back touchdowns on back-to-back fumbles by Puget Sound to take a 35-7 lead with 3:56 left to play. The Loggers didn't give up, finally getting back in the endzone with 2:23 remaining following a one-yard pass from Crace to Ross Zuhl (Issaquah, Wash.) but the PAT was no good as the Lutes collected the 35-13 victory.
The Loggers were led offensively by 134 yards rushing and 69 yards passing from Williams. Crace finished the day with 98 yards passing on 11-of-13 attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Defensively, sophomore Damarkus Milner (Tacoma, Wash./Lincoln) pounded the Lutes for 11 tackles while Tyler Vlasak (Sumner, Wash.) finished up with nine tackles.
The Lutes were led by 176 yards passing from Rassmussen, who connected on 17-of-26 attempts for three touchdowns. Rasmussen also led the Lutes on the ground, carrying the ball 10 times for 49 yards. Lute wide receiver Greg Ford, who entered the game averaging 149.6 yards per game, was limited to just five catches for 30 yards as the Logger secondary played the Lutes tough. Defensively, PLU was led by 10 tackles from Lawrence Woods.
Puget Sound travels down to Oregon next week to take on nationally-ranked Linfield. Kickoff with the Wildcats is set for 1:30 p.m. at Maxwell Field in McMinnville, Ore.