Strong defensive effort pushes Loggers to season-opening win

Strong defensive effort pushes Loggers to season-opening win

TACOMA, Washington – A strong defensive effort led by Matt Gilbert and Max Mirande propelled the University of Puget Sound football team past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 13-10, at Peyton Field on Saturday afternoon.

Gilbert came away with a pair of interceptions and Mirande totaled a team-high 14 tackles (11 solo) in the winning effort. The Stags' attempt to tie the game with a last-second 49-yard field-goal attempt came up short.
CMS opened the scoring midway through the first quarter after Trey Reynolds hit Chris Cziesla for a 10-yard touchdown pass, but the Loggers got on the board in the second quarter thanks to a 22-yard field goal by Sawyer Petre.

The Stags tried to respond in their ensuing possession, but Nasser Abdelrasul picked off Reynolds and returned the interception 40 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the CMS 25-yard line. Sophomore quarterback Hans Fortune, filling in for the injured Braden Foley, promptly found Kevin Miller down the middle of the field for a 25-yard touchdown strike that gave Puget Sound a 10-7 edge heading into halftime.

The Stags evened the score with a field goal late in the third quarter, but Petre's second field goal of the game, a 32-yard try with 2:58 on the clock in the fourth quarter, stood as the game-winning points.

The Loggers and Stags kept pace with each other throughout the game. Puget Sound gained more yards on the ground (114) than CMS (105), and the Stags narrowly beat the Loggers in passing yards, 159-152. Both teams turned the ball over four times.  

The Loggers open their season with a home win for the first time since Sept. 4, 2010, when they beat Pacific, 36-19.

Puget Sound next plays at Occidental on Saturday, September 13. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.