Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
Game No. 3/Away Game No. 1
Sat., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Burns Stadium, Claremont, Calif.
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
BOXERS TAKE TO THE ROAD AFTER SECOND TOUGH HOME LOSS
Pacific football will head to southern California after suffering a second straight tough home loss to open the 2011 season. The Boxers will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for only the second time ever this Saturday night in Claremont, Calif. Pacific will be looking to make some second half adjustments after giving up a 16-0 lead to Menlo last Saturday as the Oaks rallied to steal a 23-16 win.
• Pacific saw a 16-point first half lead disappear Saturday as Menlo scored the final 23 points of the game to give the Oaks a 23-16 victory. The Boxers were hampered by turnovers and penalties in the final 30 minutes, coughing the ball up twice while committing eight penalties for 81 yards.
• Pacific put together another solid game offensively, finishing with 351 yards of total offense. Quarterback T.C. Campbell led the charge, completing 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards while throwing for two touchdowns.
• Jordan Fukumoto led Pacific in receiving for the second straight game, catching seven balls for 96 yards. He scored the Boxers' opening touchdown on a 25-yard reception in the first quarter. Blake Anthony caught four balls for 80 yard in his second collegiate game.
• Aaron Koford played a key role for the Boxers in the kick game, punting seven times for a total of 233 yards. He had five punts inside Claremont's own 20-yard line, one of which landed at the 1-yard line and eventually led to a Boxers' safety in the second quarter.
• Pacific has firmly established themselves as a passing team this season. They enter the week ranked second in the Northwest Conference and rank among the top-20 in NCAA Division III with an average of 326.5 yards per game.
• Saturday's game will be Pacific's first in southern California in 53 years. The last time Pacific played a game south of the Bay Area was Nov. 1, 1958, when the then-Badgers played at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS STAGS
Location: Claremont, Calif.
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Conference: Southern California (NCAA III)
Stadium: Burns Stadium (3,000, uncovered, natural grass)
Presidents: Pamela Gann, Maria Klawe, Lori Bettison-Varga
Athletic Director: Michael Sutton
Head Coach: Kyle Sweeney (Occidental)
Sweeney's Record At CMS: 0-1/1st Year
Sweeney's Record Overall: 0-1/1st Year
All-Time Series: Claremont-M-S leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Claremont-M-S won 37-9 at Forest Grove on Sept. 18, 2010
ABOUT THE COACH: Kyle Sweeney is in his first year as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps head coach. Sweeney came to the Stags' program after two seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago, where he helped lead the Maroons to the 2010 University Athletic Association title. He has also served two seasons as head coach at MacMurray College (2007-2008), where his team led Division III in interceptions. He has also had coaching stints at Endicott, Occidental and Illinois Wesleyan.
THE SERIES: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has won the only meeting between the two teams, winning 37-9 in Forest Grove on Sept. 18, 2010.
LAST GAME: CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS 37, PACIFIC 9
In Pacific's first home game of the reinstated program, Claremont used a strong defense to score a 37-9 win in front of 2,715 fans at Lincoln Park Stadium. The Stags limited the Boxers to just 201 yards of offense, including 176 yards passing. Davis Jacobs had the Boxers' lone touchdown, scoring on a 25-yard run in the first quarter while Jon Lee added a 42-yard field goal to close the first half. Jacobs rushed 15 times for 76 yards. P.J. Minaya completed 9 of 14 passes for 117 yards. Spencer Clark rushed 12 times for 52 yards and a touchdown to lead the Stags. Peter Kimmey completed 5 of 8 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
• Claremont opened the 2011 season by taking a 36-14 loss to Lewis & Clark in Portland. The Pioneers ran up 542 yards on the Stags. Claremont had a respectable 307 yards of total offense, including 188 yards passing.
• Trevor Beltz scored Claremont's first touchdown on a 66-yard run with 10:39 to go in the first quarter. Quarterback Peter Kimmey ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the second half.
• Quarterback Patrick Rooney completed just 7 of 21 passes for 92 yards to lead the Claremont passing attack. Beltz led the ground attack with 11 carries for 84 yards.
• During the 2010 season, Claremont averaged 337 yards per game while depending on a running attack. The Stags averaged 235.4 yards per game on rhe ground. Peter Kimmey led the rushing attack with 645 yards. He was also the Stags' top passer, throwing for 426 yards.
• Kyle Sweeney is Claremont's third coach in as many years. Steve Retzlaff led the Stags for the 2010 season, taking over after longtime coach Rick Candaele retired in July 2010 after 15 years as head coach.
• Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams combine student-athletes from three of the individual colleges that comprise the Claremont University Consortium: Claremont-McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College. Two of the consortium's other colleges, Pomona and Pitzer, compete together as Pomona-Pitzer.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
CATCH AND GO: Pacific is continuing to get good production from it's top veteran receiver and an up and comer. Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) led the Boxers in receiving for the second straight week, making seven catches for 96 yards and a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Menlo. Fukumoto, who was a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2010, is showing that he will be just as potent in 2011. In two games, Fukumoto leads the NWC with a total of 213 receiving yards and ranks second with an average of 106.5 yards per game. He is also tied for first for receiving touchdowns with two, scoring one in each of the Boxers' two games.
Blake Anthony (Fr., Valencia, Calif.), meanwhile, is showing early signs of his potential as a potent player in the Pacific offense. Anthony finished with 80 yards on four carries, which included a 44-yard pass play that set up Fukumoto's touchdown. Anthony enters the week second for the Boxers with an average of 55 receiving yards per game and ranks fourth in the NWC with 110 total yards.
CAMPBELL'S ARM IS MMM...MMM...GOOD: For the second time this season, quarterback T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) has put up an impressive game for the Boxers. Campbell did all he could to keep his team in the game against Menlo Saturday night, completing 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He found Jordan Fukumoto for a 25-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter and then threw 34 yards to Kelson Kawai (So., North Kohala, Hawaii) for a touchdown with 1:34 left in the second quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, Campbell helped himself keep the Boxers' last drive with rushes of 18 yards and 20 yards, both third down conversions, that kept the drive alive. He finished the game with a career high 25 yards net rushing. Campbell enters the week with a total of 618 yards passing over two games. His average of 309 yards per game ranks second in the NWC. He leads the NWC in pass completions (41), passing yards and passing touchdowns (4).
MIYAYA TAKES THE FIELD: P.J. Minaya (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii) took his first snaps of the 2011 season against Menlo on Saturday. The sophomore performed well in a limited number of snaps, completing 5 of 7 passes for 35 yards. His long pass was one of 18 yards to Blake Anthony in the second quarter.
PINNING THEM DEEP: With one of Pacific's major goals in 2011 to do a better job in field position, Aaron Koford (So., Wilsonville, Ore.) is showing that he could be a major key to the team's success. The Boxers' punter had seven punts against Menlo on Saturday, averaging 33.3 yards per kick. He had an impressive five punts that landed inside the 20-yard line, two of which made Menlo start inside their own 5-yard line. One of those, in which Menlo started at their own 4-yard line, eventually ended in a safety. He also had a season-long 52-yard punt to end Pacific's first series of the game. In his two games this season, Koford is averaging 31.6 yards per punt, ranking him sixth in the NWC.
A HASTIE DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Tim Hastie (So., Auberry, Calif.) came up with the Boxers' top tackle line. The sophomore linebacker finished with 6.5 tackles (4 solo, 5 assist) against Menlo on Saturday night, which included 2.5 tackles for loss for a total of six yards. Hastie enters the week as the Boxers' top defender with a total of 14 tackles. He is tied for fourth in the NWC in that category. Hastie finished with 3.5 tackles in the Sept. 3 opener against Simon Fraser and had an interception in the game.
WELCOME BACK MARC: Linebacker Marc Moody (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) made his long awaited return to the Pacific lineup on Saturday, seeing limited action against Menlo. Moody finished game with three tackles (all solo efforts) and was credited with a tackle for loss. Moody has moved up onto the depth chart for this Saturday's game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after missing the first game of the season. Moody was knocked out last year in the Oct. 1 game at Lewis & Clark with a season-ending injury.
DUKES KNOCKED OUT FOR SEASON: The Boxers lost backup cornerback Kasey Dukes (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii) when he suffered a broken collarbone in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Menlo. Dukes is in his second season with the Boxers. He saw action in eight of the Boxers' nine games as a freshman and started the first six games of the season. Brandon Harms (Fr., Woodburn, Ore.) has assumed Dukes' spot on the depth chart this week behind starter Craig Bailey (So., Fairfield, Calif.).
ADD DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Bryan Mills (So., Imbler, Ore.) finished with six tackles against Menlo, including one for loss...Shane Feuerbach (So., Rocklin, Calif.) was credited for the sack on Menlo quarterback Matt Pelasasa that led to the Boxers' second quarter safety...Sam Bettencourt (Fr., Downey, Calif.) intercepted Pelasasa at the goal line in the third quarter, preventing what would have been a sure Menlo touchdown.
AN UNUSUAL TRADE OF SAFETIES: Two safeties in a game is rare enough, but to have two safeties in the same game awarded because of penalties is even rarer. Pacific was awarded their first safety of the season in the second quarter against Menlo on Saturday when quarterback Matt Pelasasa was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. The two points put Pacific ahead 9-0. Pacific was then flagged for a safety in the third quarter when they were called for holding in the end zone with the Boxers starting a drive on their own 1-yard line. Since the program was reinstated in 2010, the Boxers have been involved in four safeties. Ironically, all four were against Menlo. Saturday's safety scored by Pacific is the first since the reinstatement of the program.
BREAKING THE SKID: Pacific continues to look for the right combination needed to break a rather long beaten streak. The Boxers enter Saturday's game with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps having lost their last 20 games, which dates back to the 1991 season, the final year of the original program. Pacific's last victory on the gridiron came on Nov. 10, 1990, when the Boxers beat Oregon Tech 15-14 on the old McCready Field. Pacific's current losing streak in nowhere near the record of 30 consecutive losses, which was set between the 1979 and 1982 seasons.
FIRST TRIP TO THE SOUTHLAND: While it may be hard to believe, Saturday's game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will be Pacific's first ever in the Los Angeles area and the Boxers' first in southern California in 53 years. The last time Pacific played a game at a locale south of the Bay Area was Nov. 1, 1948, when the Boxers took a 48-0 loss at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. During Pacific's first football era as a NAIA program, the Boxers played just 14 games against five California teams. During those days, there was little need for Pacific to travel outside of the Northwest for games. With Division III affiliation, the Boxers will be playing many more games against teams from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), comprised of schools in the Los Angeles area.
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.
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).