October 8, 2011

Wildcats roll up 73 points on defenseless Loggers

More news about: Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linebackers Dominique Forrest and Tyler Robitaille were wrecking balls on defense, leading the fifth-ranked Linfield Wildcats to a record-breaking 73-7 demolition of winless Puget Sound Saturday at sunny Maxwell Field during a Homecoming weekend filled with tradition and pageantry.

The Wildcats scored the game's first 73 points, pouncing on the Loggers for 10 touchdowns and scoring every way imaginable, including an interception, blocked punt and a near record-breaking 49-yard field goal.

The 73-point outburst marked the second-most points scored in a Linfield football game and the most since the resumption of football following World War II. Only the 1927 Wildcats scored more points in a single game, piling up 83 against Oregon Normal (now Western Oregon).

Linfield shut down Puget Sound in its first possession, giving the Wildcats great field position to start their first offensive drive. The 'Cats needed only four plays to find the end zone. Tailback Josh Hill scored from 12 yards out on his first run of the game and Linfield led 7-0 with 12:06 to play.

UPS answered back with a drive on its second possession, but Linfield linebacker Forrest jarred the ball loose from Loggers quarterback George Ka'ai. Robitaille then pounced on the recovery to give the 'Cats big momentum. The shift resulted in another Wildcats touchdown, this time from tailback Aaron Williams from the UPS 4. Williams' touchdown, his first of the season, capped a 10-play, 59-yard march.

An illegal touch penalty on the ensuing kickoff gave the Loggers great field position and a chance to answer back. But Linfield once again bottled up the UPS offense and the Loggers turned the ball over on downs.

After Linfield's next drive stalled at midfield, kicker Josh Kay nailed a 49-yard field goal to give the 'Cats a 17-0 lead with 2:33 left in the quarter.

The Loggers' next drive proved fruitless, this time ending on an interception by Robitaille at the UPS 33.

Feeding off the momentum, Linfield quarterback Mickey Inns led the 'Cats on an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to tight end Jacob Priester. That made it 24-0 with 9:35 left before intermission and the rout was on.

Forrest intercepted Ka'ai on the following drive and Inns launched a 35-yard bomb to the endzone for Charlie Poppen. But the play was called back on a holding penalty.

It mattered little. Backup tailback Stephen Nasca scampered 45 yards to the end zone on the very next play to put Linfield ahead 31-0.

Christian Hanna took his turn in the spotlight, intercepting backup QB James Korn and returning the ball 33 yards for another Wildcats touchdown. With 6:21 still to play in the half, Linfield found itself in front 38-0 .

To everyone's amazement, the Wildcats were just getting started.

Korn tossed another errant pass that was intecepeted Taylor Skore at the UPS 37. The next play, Inns hurled a 37-yard missle to Poppen that put Linfield up 45-0.

Taking advantage of a UPS fumble, Linfield drove 40 yards before Inns hooked up with Lucas Jepson for a 25-yard touchdown pass that put the Wildcats up by 52 points with 3:05 still to play in the half.

Sophomore Colin Foreman put Linfield into the record books when he recovered a blocked punt by the 'Cats' special teams ran three yards in for the score.

In the third quarter, backup quarterback Josh Yoder found freshman Colin Nelson in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown that put the 'Cats up 66-0. The scored finished off a seven play, 38-yard drive for Linfield.

Yoder led another impressive drive that spanned 13 plays plays and 67 yards, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from Trevor Gomez that put the hosts on top 73-0.

With 22 seconds left in the third quarter, UPS finally found the end zone. Third-string QB Braden Foley lobbed a high pass into the corner for Thiesen Chang, averting the shutout for the Loggers.

Linfield finished with 490 total yards of offense, including 227 on the ground. Inns completed 14 of 23 attempts for 214 yards and three TDs. Nasca was the game's leading rusher with eight carries for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Micheal Link recorded a team-best five tackles, nearly all on kickoff returns. Forrest have five tackles, including a sack and another for loss. He also forced a fumble and had an interception. Robitaille had four tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and blocked a punt that led to a Linfield touchdown.

Foley led the Loggers statistically, completing 5 of 7 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Nate Adams had a game-high eight tackles for UPS.

'CAT SCRATCH: The Wildcats limited the Loggers to 21 yards on 16 plays in the first quarter. . . Saturday's Homecoming attendance was 2,681. . . Kniffin came into the game leading the NWC in receiving yards and catches but finished with four catches for 28 yards. . . Puget Sound turned the ball over six times in the first half, including four interceptions. . . the Wildcats did not suffer a single turnover. . . Ka'ai entered the game as the NWC's leading passer at 349.2 yards . . . he left Maxwell Field with 55 yards passing and -33 yards rushing. . . Linfield's previous highest scoring output in the post-war was 69 points against Menlo in 2004. . . the victory also matched the widest margin of victory (66 points) in post-war history. . . Wildcats backup quarter Josh Yoder completed 5 of 6 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. . . Kay's 49-yard field goal was four yards shy of the school record of 53 set by Scott Birkhofer in 2007.

AROUND THE NWC: Pacific Lutheran defeated Whitworth 20-17 and Willamette defeats Pacific 49-7.

NEXT: The 'Cats travel to Forest Grove to take on Pacific (0-5) at Lincoln Park Stadium starting at 1:30 p.m.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Ursinus at Millersville
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Belhaven at Millsaps
Video
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at Dickinson
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
Video
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
Audio
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Rhodes
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Buffalo State at Otterbein
1:30 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats Tickets
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
Video
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
Video
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
Live Stats
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
3:30 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
Live Stats Video
3:30 PM
George Fox at La Verne
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
Live Stats
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
7:00 PM
Guilford at Greensboro
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris University (Ill.)
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:00 PM
Benedictine at Central
Live Stats Video
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video
7:30 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
Maintenance in progress.