Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
MENLO AT PACIFIC
Game No. 2/Home Game No. 2
Sat., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK
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BOXERS TO MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT A WIN AGAINST THE OAKS
After a close 36-28 loss to Simon Fraser in Saturday's season opener, the Pacific football team will have double motivation to look for their first win of the reinstated program. The Boxers play their lone home night game of the year this Saturday as they host NAIA member Menlo. Pacific came close to beating Menlo in the 2010 season finale, falling by a final of 44-42.
• Pacific put together a strong day offensive in their season opener with Simon Fraser, finishing with 383 yards in total offense. Quarterback T.C. Campbell anchored the air attack, completing 23 of 38 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns.
• Despite the loss, the Boxers dominated the pace of play. The Boxers held the ball for 41 minutes, 21 seconds, with Simon Fraser having the ball for no more than five minutes in any given quarter.
• Jordan Fukumoto once again led Pacific in receiving, catching seven balls for 117 yards, which included a 36-yard pass in the third quarter. Davis Jacobs anchored the rushing attack, carrying 24 times for 59 yards.
• Landon Aano came up huge for the Boxers on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and blocked a PAT attempt in the fourth quarter that kept the Boxers within reach. In addition, Aano recovered an early third quarter fumble that set up the Fukumoto touchdown.
• Pacific accomplished a major goal in week one by cutting down on turnovers. The Boxers turned the ball over just one, that on an interception by Simon Fraser's Adam Berger that he ran back for a touchdown. The Boxers ranked 228th last year in turnover margin at -1.67.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - MENLO OAKS
Location: Atherton, Calif.
Colors: Navy & White
Conference: NAIA Independent
Stadium: Conner Athletic Field (1,000, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. James Kelly
Athletic Director: Keith Spataro
Head Coach: Fred Guidici (San Jose State 1986)
Guidici's Record At Menlo: 8-13/2 Years
Guidici's Record Overall: 8-13/2 Years
All-Time Series: Menlo leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Menlo won 44-42 at Atherton, Calif., on Nov. 13, 2010
ABOUT THE COACH: Fred Guidici enters his third season as the head coach of the Menlo program and has mentored the Oaks through their transition from NCAA Division III back to the NAIA. Guidici paced Menlo to its first and only .500 season as a Northwest Conference member, finishing 3-3 in 2009 while amassing a 4-6 overall record. Under his leadership as a NAIA program, Menlo finished with a 4-7 record, but won three of the four games they played in September, including two against Division III squads. Guidici is in his fourth year on the Menlo staff. His resume includes stints with the San Jose SaberCats, Oakland Raiders, Stanford and Santa Clara.
THE SERIES: Menlo won the only meeting in the series between the two teams. The Oaks won 44-42 in Atherton, Calif., on Nov. 13, 2010.
LAST GAME: MENLO 44, PACIFIC 42
Pacific came within a series of their first win of the reinstated program. The Boxers owned a 21-14 lead in the second quarter before the Oaks rattled off three unanswered touchdowns to take the 36-28 lead. Pacific responsed with two touchdown passes from T.C. Campbell to Jordan Fukumoto. Campbell then brought the Boxers within 44-42 with a 21-yard touchdown pass to London Amorin with 1:17 left. Campbell set a Pacific record with 405 yards passing in the contest and tied another record with five touchdown passes. Fukumoto caught three of those scoring passes and finished with 180 yards receiving. Menlo quarterback Cruz Catillo finished with 108 yards passing. Peyton Bell finished with 329 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the Oaks amassed 462 yards of total offense.
• Menlo had the earliest start of any of the Boxers' 2011 oppponents. The Oaks player their opener on Sat., Aug. 27, with the Oaks taking a 39-13 victory from fellow NAIA indepedent British Columbia. The Oaks owned a 30-7 lead at halftime as they finished the game with 401 yards of total offense.
• Junior transfer quarterback Matt Pelesada threw well in his Menlo debut, completing 25 of 42 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns. Michael Alexander had eight catches for a team-high 154 yards and a touchdown.
• Defensively, Menlo liminted British Columbia to just 205 yards. Linebackers Marcus Alvin and Shawn Winters combined for 14 tackles.
• Menlo averaged 281.8 yards per game in 2010, with an average of 162.7 yards per game coming in the air. Alexander was the team's second leading receiver last year, averaging 36.2 yards per game and 10.6 yards per catch.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: In the last game of the 2010 season, T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) threw for over 400 yards and nearly led the Boxers to victory. The sophomore seems to have not lost anything over the offseason. Campbell was selected as the Northwest Conference Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after he led the Boxers with 343 yards passing and two touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Simon Fraser. Campbell completed 23 of 38 passes and threw his touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters. While the plan was to initially rotate Campbell and P.J. Minaya (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii), head coach Keith Buckley opted to stay with Campbell the entire game.
FAVORITE TARGET: While a total of nine Pacific players caught passes, T.C. Campbell's favorite target continued to be Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii). The Second Team All-NWC wide receiver finished with 117 yards on seven catches on Saturday against Simon Fraser. He scored one touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Campbell that put the Boxers up 21-10 with 8:04 to go in the third quarter. In the Boxers' late fourth quarter drive, Fukumoto had the foresight to run a hook-and-ladder, lateraling to Matt Nyberg (Fr., Valencia, Calif.) to add nine yards to the play and put Pacific at the Simon Fraser 25-yard line. Fukumoto also had the chance for the potential game-tying touchdown as time expired, but was unable to jump over good Simon Fraser coverage.
ADD RECEIVING: Matt Nyberg did well in his Pacific debut, catching three balls for 48 yards and had the Boxers' final touchdown with 43 seconds left in the game. Cameron Yip (So., Waihe'e, Hawaii) also had thee catches for 37 yards.
GROUND CONTROL: While much of Pacific's game on Saturday was played in the air, Pacific did cover quite a bit of ground in the run game as well. Specifically, Davis Jacobs (So., Tigard, Ore.) made a number of little, but significant gains. Jacobs finished with 24 carries for a net of 59 yards, which included a long run of 14 yards. A total of five Pacific players earned credit for rushes, which included a pair of rushing touchdowns for Gunther Schultze (So., Bellflower, Calif.) and Bryce Kershner (So., Jordan Valley, Ore.).
AH! AANO...: Defensive lineman Landon Aano (So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) came up big for the Boxers defensively against Simon Fraser. Aano finished with four tackles, which included Pacific's only sack of the day (9 yards). He also blocked a PAT attempt in the fourth quarter and recovered a fumble in third quarter that led to a Pacific touchdown.
EVENLY DISTRIBUTED: Pacific received an evenly distributed effort from their defensive corps. Chris Santiago (Fr., Waipahu, Hawaii) led the way with four tackles (2 solo, 4 assisted). Tim Hastie (So., Auberry, Calif.) finished with 3.5 tackles and one interception. Devin Lagorio (So., Stockton, Calif.) and Craig Bailey (So., Fairfield, Calif.) matched Landon Aano with three tackles.
FRESHMEN CRACKING THE LINEUP: Two freshmen made their mark on the Pacific program by earning starts in the season opener. Matt Nyberg started for the Boxers at wide receiver. He made an impact, catching three balls for 48 yards and scored a touchdown on the Boxers' final scoring drive of the game. Kevin Peterson (Fr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) also earned a start for the Boxers at right tackle. A total of 19 first year players saw action for Pacific against Simon Fraser as the Boxers as a total of 67 players saw the field.
WAITING FOR CLEARANCE: Pacific is anxiously waiting for the return of their top defensive player. Linebacker Marc Moody (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) is still waiting for medical clearance to return after suffering a season-ending injury in last year's contest at Lewis & Clark. Moody finished the season 13 tackles in three games. He had seven tackles in a little under a quarter of action before his injury against the Pioneers, which led the Boxers that day.
LOCAL TIES: The Pacific roster in 2011 features three players with ties to the three high schools in the Forest Grove area. Offensive lineman Eric Gietzen, a 2010 graduate of Forest Grove High School, reprises a starting role at guard. The Fargo, N.D., native spent a year at Portland State (did not play football) before returning to The Grove. Brandon Carow (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) comes to Pacific after four years of Forest Grove High School, two of those seasons playing for current Pacific running backs coach Mike McCabe. Carow is competing for a role as the Boxers' kicker. Carow is in competition with Austin Shulund (Fr., Banks, Ore.), who played the same role, as well as punter, kicker and tight end, at Banks High School. Of the 137 players on the Pacific roster, 30 of them hail from the Portland area, northwest Oregon or the Willamette Valley.
HAWAII TIES: Not surprisingly, the Pacific roster has quite a Hawaii flavor to it. A total of 32 players on the team hail from the Islands, right in line with the over 25 percent of students from Hawaii present in Pacific's undergraduate student body. Of those 32 players, 15 are new recruits to the Pacific program.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2011 Pacific football season preview can be read by Clicking Here.
A FAVORABLE FORECAST: Pacific had little luck with the weather in their first season back, seeing it rain on all four home games. This year, however, it looks like the sun will shine down on Pacific to begin with. According to weather data from The Weather Channel, the Boxers appear posied to play under sunny and hot skies with a projected high temperature of 91 degrees.
SNAPPING THE SKID: Pacific will be looking to snap an 19-game losing streak on Saturday that stretches back to the end of the old program. The Boxers dropped all nine games of the 1991 campaign and saw the re-start of the program finish in 2010 with a 0-9 mark. Pacific's last win came on Nov. 10, 1990, at the old McCready Field on the Pacific campus. The Boxers came back from a 14-0 deficit in the first half, tying it with a Joe Spanish four-yard run and taking the lead on Carlos Valdivia's extra point as the Boxers beat Oregon Tech 15-14.
PACIFIC TO BROADCAST ALL NINE GAMES: All nine Pacific football games will be broadcast both on the radio and online. AM 1360 KUIK (Hillsboro) will air all nine games live with pregame beginning 15 minutes prior to kickoff. For those outside of the Portland area, a live audio webcast will also be available at goboxers.com/webcasts. In addition, a video webcast will be available for all five home Pacific games. The video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert returns for his second season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert most recently worked as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK-AM in Hillsboro. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts. He also works as Pacific's assistant sports information director. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
BOXERS PICKED SEVENTH IN THE NWC: Northwest Conference coaches have picked Pacific to finish seventh in the annual coaches preseason poll conducted in August. The Boxers received seven votes in the poll after going 0-9 in their 2010 return to the gridiron. Linfield was picked as the odds-on favorite to win the conference again in 2011, receiving five of seven first place votes for a total of 40 points. Willamette was picked second with 34 points, gaining two first place votes. Pacific Lutheran was picked third (26 pts.), followed by Lewis & Clark (16), Puget Sound (11) and Pacific (7).