SALEM, Oregon – Puget Sound's dynamic receiving trio had its way against Willamette, and sophomore quarterback Murdock Rutledge threw for a career-high 478 passing yards as the Logger football team beat Willamette, 42-28, in Salem, Oregon Saturday afternoon.
AJ Johnson led all players with 11 receptions, and he totaled 147 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jewell Day needed just six receptions to amass 144 receiving yards. Day also caught two touchdown passes to add to his Northwest Conference-leading total of 12 touchdown receptions. Collin Heimbach also eclipsed the century mark with 110 receiving yards on five catches. He got in the end zone for his eighth receiving touchdown of the season.
Logger running back Duncan Varela had his best game of the season. Varela needed just 14 carries to 75 yards on the ground, and he came away with two rushing touchdowns.
The Puget Sound (5-4, 3-2 NWC) defense forced four turnovers, all of which were interceptions. Keanu Songcuan had his first two picks of the season, and he led the Loggers with eight tackles. Brody Pearman came away with his third interception of the season, and Matt Ahnin picked up his team-leading fourth interception.
The Loggers held a 35-20 lead early in the fourth quarter when Willamette (1-6, 0-5 NWC) completed a 55-yard touchdown to make it a one-possession game (successful two-point conversion).
Three minutes later, however, Varela sprinted for a 25-yard touchdown run cushion the Loggers' lead, 42-28. The Puget Sound defense shut the door on the Willamette for the final seven minutes of the game. Songcuan's two interceptions came on consecutive Bearcats possessions late in the fourth quarter, sealing Puget Sound's fifth victory of the season.
The Loggers celebrate the senior class in Baker Stadium Saturday, Nov. 3, when Puget Sound hosts No. 24 Linfield for a 1 p.m. kickoff.