Turnovers doom Loggers in 23-22 loss to Pacific

Turnovers doom Loggers in 23-22 loss to Pacific

TACOMA, Washington – A lot of the Puget Sound football team's success through the first five games of the season can be attributed to its care for the football. However, during the season's sixth game, Puget Sound committed five turnovers in a home loss to Pacific, 23-22, Saturday afternoon.

Despite having turned the ball over four times through 58 minutes of the game, the Loggers (4-2, 2-1 NWC) still had a chance to put together a game-winning drive. Puget Sound's defense forced the Boxers (3-3, 2-2 NWC) into a three-and-out late in the fourth quarter, and Puget Sound regained possession down by one with 1:42 left in regulation.

The Loggers' final possession, however, lasted just one play – an interception.

It wasn't all bad for Puget Sound, which held a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Jewell Day caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Murdock Rutledge early in the second quarter, tying the game, 7-7. Eight minutes later, AJ Johnson caught a 20-yard score from Rutledge, giving the Loggers their first lead of the game.

Pacific reached the end zone twice in the third quarter, but failed on a two-point conversion attempt. The Loggers' only points in the quarter was a safety from a bad snap during a Pacific punt attempt.

The Loggers were poised to tie the game late when Day caught a short pass from Nik Bernhardt, juked two defenders, and took it 14 yards to the house with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter. The touchdown cut the score to 23-22, but the PAT was pushed wide.

Collin Heimbach led all players with 120 receiving yards, and Day finished with 96 yards on nine receptions and two touchdowns. Vance Wood has a good game carrying the ball, as he ran for 44 yards on six carries (7.3 yards per carry).

Defensively, Todd Blakely recorded 1.5 sacks, and Ryan Hickey's interception accounted for the Loggers' only takeaway. Keanu Songcuan led all players with 10 tackles.

Puget Sound is back home next week against Whitworth, Oct. 20, for a 1 p.m. kickoff.