MCMINNVILLE, Ore.—The Puget Sound football team lost to the No. 2 Linfield Wildcats Saturday, falling 79-3 at Maxwell Field in McMinnville, Ore.
The Loggers received the opening kickoff, returning the ball to their own 19 yard line. Braden Foley opened the game with an 11 yard pass to Kupono Park, but the Wildcats forced and recovered a fumble, giving Linfield the ball on the Puget Sound 15 yardline. The Wildcats found the endzone after two rushes and took a 7-0 lead before the game's first minute expired.
On the first play of the Loggers' next drive Max McGuinn also fumbled, giving Linfield great field position once again. The Wildcats capitalized, scoring seven on the drive. The Wildcats also scored a touchdown with five minutes left in the quarter.
The Loggers managed an eight-play, 18-yard drive near the end of the quarter, resulting in a Sawyer Petre field goal from 44 yards out and putting the Loggers on the board. Linfield responded with a three-play, 53-yard drive in just over a minute, however, and took a 28-3 lead into the second quarter.
Linfield added 30 more points in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns and sacking Foley in the endzone for a safety. Overall the Wildcats sacked Puget Sound quarterbacks seven times for a total of 50 yards lost.
In the second half, Linfield added three more touchdowns while Logger offense was still unable to get much going, resulting in the 79-3 scoreline. The Loggers turned the ball over three times in the second half, adding to their two first-quarter fumbles and a turnover on downs that came in the second period.
Overall, the Loggers tallied just 116 yards, 121 through the air and, after the sack yardage lost is subtracted, -5 on the ground. With the sack yardage ignored, Logger rushers ran for 45 yards. The Wildcat offense, however, produced 288 yards on the ground and 177 in the air for a combined total of 465 yards. Foley completed 16 passes for 102 yards, seven of those balls going to Kevin Miller for 53 yards. Dustin Harrison caught six passes for 27 yards, and McGuinn was the leading Logger rusher, gaining 12 yards on the day. Petre converted his only kick attempt while punter Jeff Walton again had a busy day, punting nine times for a total of 355 yards. His longest punt of the day was a 54-yarder while he pinned the Wildcats inside the 20 once and notched one touchback as well.
Defensively, the Loggers were led by Brent McCoy who tackled six Wildcat ballcarriers. Both Chris Beaulaurier and Mike Raub tallied two tackles for a loss while Jeremy Perkovich recovered a fumble, the only Linfield turnover on the day.
Puget Sound football (1-7, 0-5 NWC) will close out the 2013 campaign with a home contest Saturday, Nov. 16 vs. Willamette. Since it's the final home game of the season, Puget Sound will honor its graduating seniors in a Senior Day ceremony just before kickoff, which is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Baker Stadium.