TACOMA, Washington – Fans can anticipate a high-scoring duel when the Puget Sound football team opens its home schedule in Baker Stadium against Occidental on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.
|WHO||Puget Sound vs. Occidental|
|WHERE||Tacoma, Wash. | Baker Stadium|
|WHEN||Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.|
|LIVE||Stats | Video|
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Through the past three seasons, the points total in the Loggers-Tigers head-to-head matchup has increased each year. Puget Sound and Occidental combined for 66 points in 2014, followed by 87 total points in 2015. Last year, the Loggers and Tigers totaled 91 points at Occidental.
Tame the Tigers
The 2014 contest between the Loggers and Tigers was nearly a historic comeback for the Loggers, who trailed, 34-13, with 4:21 left to play in regulation. Dustin Harrison's touchdown catch with 2:54 on the clock was the first of three consecutive Logger touchdowns. Puget Sound recovered not one, but two on-side kicks. However, the Loggers ran out of time in a 34-32 loss. Two years ago, the Loggers and Tigers were tied at halftime, but Puget Sound struck first in the second half to take a 28-21 lead. From that point on, however, Occidental outscored the Loggers, 25-13. Hans Fortune '17 had a game for the ages at Occidental last year, throwing for 587 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-42 win.
The AJ debut
Wide receiver AJ Johnson showed up in style. Appearing in his first collegiate game at La Verne last week, the Tacoma, Washington, native finished with seven receptions and 123 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown catch.
Tanner Diebold's first-career start under center just so happened to be in his hometown – La Verne, California. Diebold completed 28 pass for 322 yards and two touchdowns last week.
What's the rush?
Puget Sound totaled eight tackles for a loss of 23 yards at La Verne. Braden Ash led the way with two sacks for a total loss of 10 yards. Todd Blakely and Max Washam both finished with 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Saturday marks the Tigers' first game of 2017. Occidental welcomes first-year head coach Rob Cushman, who was previously the head coach at NCAA D-III University of Minnesota, Morris. The Tigers are predicted to finish last in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), according to the preseason poll of the league's head coaches. Cushman was a four-year letter winner with the Loggers - he graduated from Puget Sound in 1978.