Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT MENLO
Game No. 3/Away Game No. 2
Sat., Sept. 21, Noon, Conner Field, Athlerton, Calif.
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro)
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BOXERS BUILDING MOMENTUM AS THEY ROLL INTO THE BAY AREA
Pacific football gave the home crowd an exciting performance in their first home win since 2011, scoring nine touchdowns, including four in the fourth quarter, to run over Occidental 67-30 in the third highest scoring performance in school history. The Boxers take their potent offense to the Bay Area this weekend, where they will face Menlo for the third since the 2010 reinstatement of the Pacific program.
• After spotting Occidental 10 points in the first five minutes of the contest, Pacific scored four second quarter touchdowns and closed the door with four fourth quarter touchdowns in the 67-30 rout of the Tigers.
• The 67 points scored is the third highest scoring total in school history. The school record was a 118-point output against George Fox in 1923. Pacific had 71 points against Mount Angel Seminary the season before, in 1922. Additionally, Pacific's 2-0 start is their best start since the 1969 season. It is also the third most points scored by a NCAA Division III team this season.
• Jordan Fukumoto was named NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after amassing 197 yards receiving on seven catches and three touchdowns. His scores included receptions of 32 and 42 yards and a 74-yard pass that ranks as the sixth longest in school history. Fukumoto enters the week leading the NWC in both receiving touchdowns (4) and points scored (24).
• Deven McKinney had the best rushing performance since the team's return in 2010 on Saturday, gaining 125 yards on 10 carries, including a 49-yard scoring run that began Pacific's 29-point fourth quarter.
• Pacific's two quarterbacks both proved effective in the victory. Starter P.J. Minaya recovered from two early interceptions to complete 8 of 14 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. T.C. Campbell led the Boxers by completing 9 of 15 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
• Cornerback Craig Bailey followed up his two-interception performance at Adrian with a third pick against Occidental. Bailey returned the interception 75 yards, which is the second longest in school history. That set up Pacific's third touchdown of the game, a one-yard run by Bobby Ladiges.
• Pacific enters the week ranked in the NCAA Division III top-100 in 13 different statistical categories. The Boxers are among teams tied for first in red zone offense (1.000), rank 23rd in scoring offense (43.5 points per game) and 27th in passing efficiency (173.70).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - MENLO OAKS
Location: Atherton, Calif.
Colors: Navy Blue & White
Conference: Independent (NAIA)
Stadium: Conner Field (1,000, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. Jim Kelly
Athletic Director: Keith Spataro
Head Coach: Mark Grieb
Grieb's Record At Menlo: 1st Year
Grieb's Record Overall: 1st Year
All-Time Series: Menlo leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Menlo won 23-16 at Forest Grove on Sept. 10, 2011
ABOUT THE COACH: Mark Grieb is in his first season as Menlo's head coach, but his third stint with the Oaks after serving as an assistant coach in 2003 and 2011. A 1996 graduate of UC Davis, Grieb spent the last 12 years as the quarterback for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, leading the squad to three Arena Bowl championships and earned MVP honors in 2004 and 2007. Grieb's coaching resume includes two seasons as an assistant coach at UC Davis, where he coached with Pacific head coach Keith Buckley, one season at Stanford and stints at Monterey Penincula College and Foothill College.
THE SERIES: Menlo leads 2-0. Menlo win the last meeting, 23-16, in Forest Grove on Sept. 10, 2011.
LAST MEETING: Pacific saw the efforts of a well played first half slip away as Menlo scored the final 23 points of the game for a 23-16 come-from-behind victory over the Boxers at Lincoln Park Stadium. After pulling out to a 16-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first half, the Boxers found themselves done in by turnovers and penalties. Pacific fumbled twice in the final 30 minutes and had all eight of their penalties in the second half for 61 yards. Pacific finished the night with 310 yards of total offense while Menlo finished with 308 yards. Menlo held the narrowest of edges in time of possession, controlling the ball for 30 minutes, 10 seconds. T.C. Campbell paced the Boxers offensively, completing 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for a net 25 yards, which included runs of 18 and 20 yards in the Boxers' final drive of the game that kept the game alive. Jordan Fukumoto led the Boxers in receiving, making seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
• Menlo picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, scoring 35 unanswered points to beat Pomona-Pitzer on homecoming, 35-6. The Oaks picked up 357 yard of total offense, with 208 yards coming in the air. Menlo had to overcome the weight of penalties, committing 12 for 149 yards.
• Quarterback Wade Hawkins finished with 208 yards in his first start, completing 15 of 28 passes and throwing for three scores. Michael Alexander led the receiving corps with four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
• Menlo has averaged 254 yards per game in their first three games. Eight different receivers have receptions this season, with Matt Belardes having amassed 117 yards and a touchdown.
• Cameron Grad leads the defense with 22 tackles, including four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The Oaks have forced four fumbles as a team, three in the Pomona-Pitzer game.
• Over the years, the Menlo football program has produced former Willamette head coach and current Montreal Allouettes offensive coordinator Mark Speckman and former Denver Broncos' player Nate Jackson. Former NBA head coach and TNT analyst Jeff van Gundy also attended Menlo.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
A MEASURE OF REVENGE: It was almost one year to the day where Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) saw his 2012 season end with a broken leg at Occidental. He got his revenge at home, posting a performance that earned the wide receiver the Northwest Conference's Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week award. Fukumoto caught seven balls for 197 yards and scored three touchdowns in the 67-30 rout of the Tigers. He opened his night with a 74-yard scoring reception from T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) that is the sixth longest pass play in school history. He followed that up with a 32-yard strike from Campbell with 2:44 left in the second quarter and finished with a 42-yard scoring reception from P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) in the third quarter.
Fukumoto, a 2011 First Team All-NWC selection, has been a welcome return for the Boxers. He enters the week leading Pacific, ranking third in the NWC and 21st in Division III with 244 receiving yards. He also ranks fourth in the league and 36th in Division III with his average of 122 yards per game. Fukumoto also opens the week as the league leader with four receiving touchdowns and 24 points scored. His 12 points per game is tied for second in the NWC and 24th in Division III.
IN A RUSH: The balance of the run game and the pass game made a big difference in Pacific's win over Occidental on Saturday. The Boxers rushed for 214 yards, the second best single game performance since the 2010 return of Pacific football. Deven McKinney (Jr., Spanaway, Wash.) made the most of every time he touched the ball, rushing for 125 yards on 10 carries. He opened Pacific's scoring in the fourth quarter, running for paydirt from 49 yards to complete a five-play, 70-yard drive. McKinney enters the week leading the Boxers and ranking second in the NWC with 168 rushing yards and an average of 84 rushing yards per game.
DOUBLE THREAT: Pacific's two quarterback system proved to be a great asset to the Boxers in the victory on Saturday night. T.C. Campbell came off the bench to make a spirited effort in his return to Lincoln Park Stadium, completing 9 of 15 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Campbell entered on the fourth series of the game to spell starter P.J. Minaya, who threw interceptions in each of the Boxers' first two series. Minaya recovered well, though, completing 8 of 14 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Both quarterbacks proved effective as the Boxers amassed 384 yards passing on the evening.
Both signal callers enter the week with spots in the NWC and NCAA Division III statistical rankings. Minaya is ranked fourth in the NWC with 27 completions, 43 pass attempts, 363 passing yards and a 62.8 completion percentage. He is also tied for second in the league with his five passing touchdowns. In the NCAA Division III stats, Minaya ranks 40th with a pass efficiency rating of 162.80, 45th in points responsible for with 30 and 92nd with 363 passing yards. Campbell ranks third in the NWC with 12.6 yards per pass and seventh with 113.5 yards per game, nine completion and 18 pass ateempts. He ranks 20th in Division III with 25.22 yards per completion.
INTERCEPT SQUADRON: For the second straight week, Pacific benefited from some big defensive plays. The Boxers came up with three interceptions against Occidental. Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) came up with his third of the season, picking off Tigers' quarterback Tommy Edwards in the second quarter and running it back 75 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Occidental five-yard line. It was the second longest interception return in Pacific history behind an 85-yard return by Karry Cameron against Willamette in 1979. Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) ended Occidental's next series with an interception, which included a 33-yard return and killed an 11-play drive for the Tigers. Kasey Dukes (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) came up with the third pick in the fourth quarter, which set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from P.J. Minaya to Caleb Roher (Jr., Gresham, Ore.). The Boxers enter the week ranked fitst in the NWC with five interceptions. Bailey's three interceptions ties him for first in the NWC and his 1.5 interceptions per game ranks seventh among Division III players.
BEARING DOWN: The Pacific defense also finished against Occidental with nine tackles for loss for 47 yards and five sacks of Tigers' signal caller Tommy Edwards. Sean Bangs (Sr., Portland, Ore.) led the way with two tackles for loss and two sacks, resulting in losses of 26 yards. Alex Willeford (Jr., Keizer, Ore.) also had two sacks and two tackles for loss for 11 yards while Landon Aano (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) had the Boxers' fifth sack for a loss of five yards. First Team All-NWC linebacker Tim Hastie (Sr., Auberry, Calif.) led the Pacific defense with eight tackles while Jack Perez (So., Petaluma, Calif.) had seven tackles.
A HISTORIC SCORING NIGHT: The 67 points scored by Pacific over Occidental on Sept. 14 proved to be the biggest scoring output since the program returned in 2010 and the third highest point total in school history. Pacific's record for scoring is 118 points, which came against George Fox back in the 1923 season (Pacific won 118-0). The second highest scoring total was 71 points the year before against Mount Angel Seminary. The 67 points is the third most scored by a NCAA Division III team this season and the most since the Boxers rolled up 62 points against Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 6, 2012.
FAMILIAR FOES: The head coaches in Saturday's game have a long history together. Both Pacific coach Keith Buckley and Menlo coach Mark Grieb are products of the UC Davis football program, with both graduating in 1996. Buckley began his coaching career with the Aggies in 1996 as a defensive assistant coach, while Grieb coached freshman quarterbacks.
IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: Pacific appeared in the top-100 in 13 different NCAA Division III statistical categories this week. At the top of the list, Pacific is tied for first nationally in red zone offense, converting 100 percent of the chances inside the 20-yard line. Pacific also ranks 23rd in scoring offense (43.5 points per game), 27th in passing efficiency (173.70), 31st in third down conversion percentage (.519), 37th in turnover margin (1.5) and 42nd in passing offense (295 yards per game).
Individually, 10 different Pacific players show up in the top-100. Topping the list are Craig Bailey, who ranks seventh in interceptions with 1.5 per game; T.C. Campbell, who ranks 20th in passing yards per completion (25.22); Jordan Fukumoto, who ranks 21st in receiving yards (244) and 24th in scoring (12 points per game); and P.J. Minaya, who ranks 40th in passing efficiency (162.80) and 45th in points responsible for (30). The complete NCAA Division III stats can be found at http://bit.ly/166nvOo.
BEST START SINCE NIXON: A 2-0 start to the season is not only a great jump-off point for the fourth year of the return of Pacific football, but it is also the best start since the first year in office for the 37th President of the United States. Pacific last started 2-0 in the 1969 season, just as southern California football fan Richard Nixon took his seat in the Oval Office. Nixon would no doubt have cheered for the Boxers last Saturday night as he was a 1934 graduate of Whittier. He played basketball for the mighty Poets and tried out for football, but did not make the team because of his lack of size (he played junior varsity football in high school, but, despite seldom missing a practice, was rarely used in games). The last time Pacific had a 3-0 start to the season was in 1950, a year in which Nixon won a U.S. senate seat for California in a landslide, winning the election by 20 percentage points. The Boxers will try to match that in Nixon's home state. Incidentally, Menlo College's most notable political alumni are James Espaldon, who was a 2010 candidate for lieutenant governor of Guam, and Faisal bin Abdullah, the Saudi education minister since 2009.
LONGEST ROAD TRIP: Pacific's road trip to Adrian was the longest road trip in team history. The Boxers traveled 2,367 miles to play in Adrian, Mich., making this the longest trip in program history in either era. Prior to the trip, Pacific had never traveled out of a five-state area on the West Coast, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Prior to last week, Pacific's longest road trip was in 2011 to Claremont, Calif., to play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, covering a distance of 994 miles.
SEASON HONORS: Pacific's honor roll of weekly honors for the 2013 season include the following:
Jordan Fukumoto: NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 9-15. Fukumoto finished with 197 receiving yards on seven catches and had three touchdowns in the Boxers' 67-30 home win over Occidental on Sept. 14.
Craig Bailey: NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and D3Football.com Team for the Week for week of Sept. 2-8. The cornerback finished with two interceptions, both of which set up Pacific touchdowns, in Pacific's 20-10 win ar Adrian on Sept. 6. Bailey also had three tackles in the game.
Aaron Koford: D3Football.com Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 2-8. Koford averaged 31.5 yards per punt on six punts in the Boxers' 20-10 win at Adrian on Sept. 6. Five of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line and two of his punts pinned the Bulldogs at their own two-yard line.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2013 Pacific football season preview can be read online at http://bit.ly/14i8Dv2.
GAMES ONCE AGAIN TO AIR ON KUIK, ONLINE: For the fourth consecutive year, Pacific football fans will have the chance to follow the Boxers both on the air in the Portland and worldwide on their computer or mobile device. KUIK 1360 AM will once again be the on-air home in Washington County, airing all 10 Pacific football contests. In addition, all 10 games (home and away) will be available via a free audio webcast that can be accessed at GoBoxers.com. For the fourth consecutive year, all five home games will be made available via a live video webcast. Games can be viewed for $12.95 each or a "season ticket" for all five games is available for $39.95.
Matt Richert returns for his fourth season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert also works as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts and spent the summer as the No. 2 voice for the Hillsboro Hops professional baseball team, working alongside former Pacific men's basketball voice Rich Burk. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
BOXERS PICKED FIFTH IN NWC PRESEASON POLL: Pacific has been picked to repeat their fifth place finish according to the annual Northwest Conference coach's preseason poll released in August. The Boxers received 19 of a possible 42 points, falling at the end of a tightly picked group in the middle of the conference race. Willamette was picked third at 24 points while Whitworth was picked fourth with 20 points, one point ahead of Pacific. Linfield was selected to win their fifth straight NWC title, securing 40 points and five first place votes. Pacific Lutheran was picked second with 34 points and also received two first place votes.