September 26, 2011

Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook

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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
LEWIS & CLARK AT PACIFIC

Game No. 4/Home Game No. 3
Sat., Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video Webcast (pay-per-view): www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Stats: www.goboxers.com/livestats

BOXERS ENTER NWC SEASON RESTED AFTER BYE WEEK
The bye week could not have come at a better time for the Pacific football program as the Boxers looked to regroup after a string of three close losses to start the season.  The Boxers return home to Lincoln Park Stadium this weekend with their toughest challenge yet as undefeated Lewis & Clark comes to town for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

BOXER BYTES
• Claremont-Mudd-Scripps limited Pacific to 226 yards of total offense and without a third down or fourth down conversions as the Stags went on to a 28-9 win over the Boxers on Sept. 17 in Claremont, Calif.

T.C. Campbell found Jordan Fukumoto for an 87-yard reception early in the third quarter for the Boxers' only touchdown of the game.  The strike ranks as the second longest pass play in school history.  Fukumoto finished the night with a season-high 132 yards on four catches for his second week this season with more than 100 yards receiving.

• Pacific's defense kept the Boxers in the game, recovering three Claremont turnovers.  Josh Brinkworth and Bryan Mills both earned credit for forced fumbles, while Brinkworth and Sean Bangs recovered two of the three fumbles.

• Pacific enters the week ranked second in the NWC and 25th among NCAA Division III teams in passing offense, averaging 283.3 yards per game.  T.C. Campbell is second in the NWC and is 57th in Division III in passing with 269.7 yards per game.

Jordan Fukumoto ranks second in the NWC in receiving and is 24th in NCAA Division III, averaging 114.7 yards per game.  He is also ranked third in the NWC with 344 receiving yards, fourth with three receiving touchdowns and sixth with 18 total receptions. 

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - LEWIS & CLARK
QUICK FACTS

Location: Portland, Ore.   
Enrollment: 1,999
Nickname: Pioneers   
Colors: Orange & Black
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Ted Wilson Field at Griswold Stadium (3,600, covered, FieldTurf)
President: Barry Glassner
Athletic Director: Clark Yeager
Head Coach: Chris Sulages (Weber State 1995)
Sulages' Record At L&C: 7-38/6 Years
Sulages' Record Overall: 7-38/6 Years
All-Time Series: Lewis & Clark leads 32-28-4
Last Meeting: Lewis & Clark won 48-0 in Portland on Oct. 2, 2010

ABOUT THE COACH: Chris Sulages has led Lewis & Clark to a 3-0 record in his fifth season as head coach.  Over the last two seasons, he has led the Pioneers to a 7-5 record.  Sulages took over as head coach after serving his first two years on the L&C staff as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.  He also served as offensive coordinator during the 2005 season.  A graduate of Weber State, Sulages has also made coaching stops at Cal State Northridge, Occidental, University of San Diego and Weber State.  As a player at Weber State, Sulages earned All-Big Sky Conference honors at offensive line.  Prior to Weber State, Sulages earned all-conference honors at Saddleback JC in California.

THE SERIES:
Lewis & Clark leads the all-time series 32-28-4.  The Pioneers won the last meeting, 48-0, in Portland on Oct. 2, 2010. 

LAST MEETING: LEWIS & CLARK 48, PACIFIC 0

Lewis & Clark were not kind hosts to Pacific in their first Northwest Conference game since 1984 as the Pioneers beat the Boxers 48-0 at Griswold Stadium.  The Lewis & Clark defense did their part to keep Pacific out of the endzone, limiting the Boxers to -9 yards rushing.  The Pioneers broke the game open with three second quarter touchdowns.  Keith Welch led the Pioneers by running for 97 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 92 yards and two more touchdowns.  L&C finished with 507 yards of total offense as compared to 161 for the Boxers.  Pacific passed for 170 yards, led by 91 yards by Trevor Okamoto.

LEWIS & CLARK NOTES
• Lewis & Clark is off to its first 3-0 start since the 1995 season after earning a 37-28 win at Macalester in St. Paul, Minn.  The Pioneers put up 593 yards of total offense in the contest and ran 20 more plays than the host Scots.

• First Team All-NWC quarterback Keith Welch completed 26 of 36 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns while running for 64 yards and two more scores.  He leads the NWC with eight touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns and ranks third in the NWC with 247.3 yards passing per game.

• Shawn Evans led the L&C receiving attack against Macalester, catching nine balls for 141 yards and two scores.  He enters the week as the Pioneers' second leading receiver with 217 yards and an average of 12.8 yards per catch.  Andrew Frisina leads the L&C receivers with 256 yards and 13.5 yards per catch.

• Lewis & Clark ranks among the conference's top defensive teams wirh four players ranked in the league's top-10 in tackles.  Louis Baltazar ranks second in total tackles with 12 and leads the NWC with seven tackles for loss.

• Lewis & Clark's official mascot is "Pio," a Newfoundland dog like that which accompanied Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discovery.  A live dog is present for some games and a broze likeness of the dog is found outside the school's Pamplin Sports Center.

PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
WHAT A CATCH: Pacific's lone scoring highlight in their Sept. 18 game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is one that puts Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) into the record book for a second time.  Fukumoto caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) with 10:32 left in the third quarter, which accounted for the Boxers' only touchdown of the game.  The strike ranks as the second longest pass play in school history.  The only longer play was a 95-yard pass from Pacific Hall of Fame quarterback Ralph Nickerson to Jim Wills in a game against Eastern Oregon during the 1973 season.  Fukumoto now has a part of two of the top-three passing plays in school history.  Last year, Fukumoto hooked up with quarterback P.J. Minaya (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii) on the Boxers' first play from scrimmage against Linfield for a 79-yard touchdown pass.  That play is third longest in school history.

ADD FUKUMOTO:
Jordan Fukumoto enters the week as the spark plug for the Boxers' receciving game and one of the best in position both in the NWC and in the nation.  The 2010 Second Team All-NWC selection enters the week averaging 114.7 yards per game.  He ranks second in the NWC and 24th among NCAA Division III receivers in the category.  Fukumoto ranks third in the NWC with 18 total receptions and is tied for 76th among Division III players with an average of six receptions per contest.  To date, Fukumoto has two 100-plus yard games in Boxers' three contests.  He just missed a third against Menlo on Sept. 10, finishing with 96 yards receiving.  He had a season-best 131 yards against Claremont.

CONTINUING TO FLING IT:
While experiencing a relatively tougher performance against Claremont than he saw in his first two games, T.C. Campbell continues to perform well for the Boxers at quarterback.  Campbell finished with 191 yards passing against Claremont, completing 14 of 26 passes in the loss.  In his three games this season, the sophomore has put up some very impressive numbers.  He enters this week with 809 yards passing, a pass efficency rating of 153.93 and has completed 62.5 percent of his passes.  For comparison, Campbell finished the 2010 season with 1,217 yards, an efficiency rating of 124.74 and completed 57.8 percent of his passes.  Campbell enters the week ranked second in the NWC with an average of 269.7 yards per game.  His total offense of 260 yards per game ranks him 57th among NCAA Division III players.  His pass efficiency rating of 153.93 ranks 42nd among Division III quarterbacks.

A DEFENSIVE MILL: Safety Bryan Mills (So., Imbler, Ore.) has reestablished his spot as one of the Boxers' key defensive players.  Mills led Pacific with nine tackles in the Sept. 17 game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which included six solo efforts and one tackle for loss.  He also had a second quarter forced fumble at the Pacific 3-yard line that prevented the Stags from entering the end zone.  Mills enters the week as the Boxers' leading tackler with 16 total tackles.  He also leads the team with eight solo tackles.  Mills led the Boxers in tackles in 2010 with a total of 46 and had all three of Pacific's interceptions.

AIRBORNE RANGERS: In a conference packed with highly-potent passing offenses, Pacific has developed a passing game worthy of competing with the league's best.The Boxers enter the week ranked second in the NWC and 25th among NCAA Division III teams with an average of 283.3 passing yards per game.  The Boxers are third in the NWC with 61 pass completions.  Lewis & Clark, Pacific's opponent on Saturday, is the conference's third most potent passing team with an average of 273.3 yards per game.

WELCOME BACK MARC:
Linebacker Marc Moody (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) made his long awaited return to the Pacific lineup against Menlo on Sept. 10, seeing limited action against Menlo.  Moody finished game with three tackles (all solo efforts) and was credited with a tackle for loss.  He moved up into the starting spot at linebacker against Claremont on Sept. 17, finishing with six tackles.  Moody enters the week seventh for the Boxers with a total of seven tackles in two games.  Moody was knocked out last year in the Oct. 1 game at Lewis & Clark with a season-ending injury.

IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: Pacific enters the week ranked among the top-100 in the NCAA Division III statistics in nine different categories.  Offensively, the Boxers rank 25th in passing offense (203.3 yards per game), 49th in pass efficiency (147.81) and 70th in punt returns (10.75 yards per return).  On the defensive side of the ball, Pacific is ranked 20th in pass defense (118.3 yards per game), 40th in turnover margin (1.00), 50th in pass efficency defense (100.66), 82nd in total defense (319.67 yards allowed per game) and 93rd in tackles for loss (6.67 per game).

Individually, T.C. Campbell is ranked 42nd in pass efficency (153.93) and is 57th in total offense (260.0 yards per game).  Jordan Fukumoto enters the week ranked 24th in receiving yards per game (114.6) and is tied for 76th in receptions per game (6.00).  Brandon Harms (Fr., Woodburn, Ore.) is tied for 43rd in punt returns, averaging 10.75 yards per return.  The complete NCAA stats, along with summaries for each team, can be found online at http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/mainpage.jsp.

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 the Sept. 10 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.

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 Lewis & Clark having lost their last 21 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 is nowhere near the record of 30 consecutive losses, which was set between the 1979 and 1982 seasons.

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).

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