Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT WHITWORTH
Game No. 4/Away Game No. 3
Sat., Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Pine Bowl, Spokane, Wash.
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro, Tape Delay, 4 p.m.)
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BOXERS TEST THEIR WINNING STREAK AGAINST NWC MUSCLE
Pacific football entered their bye week on a roll, building a three-game winning streak and opening the season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 1964. The Boxers will test their winning ways in the opening game of the Northwest Conference season as they travel to Spokane, Wash., to face an experienced Whitworth squad. The Boxers will be looking for their first win over the Pirates since 1978.
• Pacific reversed a Menlo comeback in the fourth quarter as Jack Michels caught an 11-yard touchdown pass with 3:16 left that gave the Boxers a 28-21 victory. Menlo had two chances to tie the game late, but the drives ended in a fumble and a sack.
• The Boxers rolled up 415 yards of total offense, with 277 of those coming in the air. The Boxers' 138 yards rushing was their second best rushing performance of the season.
• Deven McKinney led the Pacific rushing attack with 48 yards of just six carries, which included a 39-yard run. Bobby Ladiges added 41 yards on 12 carries
• Jakob Lawrence led the air attack, catching five balls for 98 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass that opened scoring in the first quarter. Quarterback P.J. Minaya finished completing 10 of 17 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns while T.C. Campbell went 9 of 15 for 125 yards and one touchdown.
• Alex Willeford had a banner day for Pacific on defense, finishing with five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss for 15 yards, two sacks for 14 yards and one fumble recovery. Jack Perez and Josh Brinkworth led the team defensively with eight tackles apiece.
• Pacific enters the week leading the NWC with 1,313 yards of total offense and third with their average of 437.7 yards per game. The Boxers rank 54th among NCAA Division III teams in total offense, 39th in passing offense (289 yards per game) and 33rd in scoring offense (38.3 points per game).
• Defensively, Pacific leads the NWC with six interceptions. The team ranks 31st among NCAA Division III teams in passing yards allowed (148 yards per game) and 68th in total defense (139 yards allowed per game).
• Pacific's 3-0 start is their best since the 1964 campaign. Pacific has not had a 4-0 start since the 1950 campaign. Pacific also enters the week having won three of their last five road games (the only loss a 51-17 defeat at Linfield on Nov. 10, 2012).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - WHITWORTH PIRATES
Location: Spokane, Wash.
Colors: Crimson Red & Black
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Pine Bowl (2,200, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. Beck Taylor
Athletic Director: Melinda Larson
Head Coach: John Tully (Azusa Pacific, 1975)
Tully's Record At Whitworth: 96-77 (18 Yrs.)
Tully's Record Overall: 127-98 (23 Yrs.)
All-Time Series: Whitworth leads 19-2-1
Last Meeting: Whitworth won 28-25 at Forest Grove on Sept. 29, 2012.
ABOUT THE COACH: John Tully is in his 19th season as head coach at Whitworth. The longest tenured coach in the history of the program, Tully has led Whitworth to three Northwest Conference titles and two NCAA Division III playoff appearances while also winning three NWC Coach of the Year Awards. He mentored the Pirates to the 2001 conference title. In 2006, Tully led the Pirates to a 10-0 regular season record on their way to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Prior to his arrival at Whitworth, Tully was head coach at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill.
THE SERIES: Whitworth leads 19-2-1. Whitworth won last year's meeting, 28-25, at Forest Grove on Sept. 28, 2012.
LAST MEETING: Two second half rallies fell short for Pacific as the Boxers fell in a close 28-25 loss to the Pirates at Lincoln Park Stadium. Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Boxers closed back to within four points twice and used a touchdown and two-point conversion to come within 28-25 with 2:25 left to play. Whitworth recovered the ensuing onside kick before running out the clock. The defense kept Pacific in the game, successfully stopping the Whitworth offense on a pair of goal-line stands in the first and fourth quarters that could have broke the game open. P.J. Minaya completed 18 of 25 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Caleb Roher caught four balls for 99 yards and a touchdown. Whitworth quarterback Bryan Peterson completed 17 of 25 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns while Jake DeGooyer caught eight balls for 144 yards and a touchdown.
• After winning their first two games of the season, Whitworth has lost their last two games to SCIAC schools. In their 38-17 loss at Chapman on Saturday, the Pirates put up 319 yards of total offense and 198 passing yards.
• Whitworth leads the NWC in rushing attempts with 178, but is averaging just 2.6 yards per rush. Their 463 rushing yards ranks fourth in the league. DJ Tripoli leads the Whitworth rushing attack with 311 yards and leads the NWC with six rushing touchdowns.
• The Pirates lead the NWC in time of possession, averaging 32:55 per game. Whitworth also leads the league in third and fourth down conversions. The Pirates have made first down on 29 of 73 third downs and 5 of 12 on fourth down.
• Bryan Peterson enters the week having completed 61 of 107 passes for an average of 254 yards per game. Drew Clausen is Peterson's parimary target, having caught 20 balls for 348 yards. Of thier 14 touchdowns, only six have come by way of pass
• Whitworth's most notable football alumni include Michael Allan, who was drafted by and played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, and Mike Riley (Master's degree, 1977), Oregon State head coach. Riley served as a grad assistant for the Pirates in 1976 before moving on to Linfield.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
DOUBLE-HEADED ATTACK: Pacific continues to see success with a two-quarterback system. P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) has earned the start in all three games and has staked the Boxers to some great starts. Minaya has completed 37 of 60 passes for 515 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Menlo, Minaya completed 10 of 17 passes for 152 yards and threw for Pacific's opening touchdown and winning touchdown. Minaya enters the week ranked in NWC top-10 in seven different statsistical categories, including third in completion percentage at 61.7 percent and tied for third with seven passing touchdowns. In this week's NCAA Division III statistics, Minya is ranked 22nd in passing efficiency (162.3), 63rd in completion percentage and 77th in points responsible for (44).
T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) has been far from a back-up, doing his part to lead the Boxers to wins. Campbell enters the week having completed 18 of 33 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns. His pass efficiency rating of 178.08 ranks 40th in this week's NCAA Division III stats report. Against Menlo two weekends ago, Campbell completed 9 of 15 for 125 yards and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kelson Kawai (Sr., North Kohala, Hawaii) in the second quarter. In addition to his NCAA stats ranking, Campbell enters the week ranked in the NWC top-10 in six statistical categories, including fourth with his average of 10.7 yards per attempts.
EVERYWHERE ON DEFENSE: Of the defensive performers that shined for the Boxers against Menlo, Alex Willeford (Jr., Keizer, Ore.) may have had the biggest impact. The defensive end finished the afternoon with six tackles, two tackles for loss for 12 yards, 2.5 sacks for 11 yards and both a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Both of his solo sacks came in late in the fourth quarter and proved critical to the Boxers taking home the win. On the first, Willeford sacked Wade Hawkins and forced a fumble, recovering for Pacific at the Menlo 26-yard line. The second sack came on the last play of the game, knocking Garrett Bock back for four yards as time expired. Willeford enter the week leading the Boxers and ranking tied for fifth in the NWC with his 5.5 tackles for loss. His four sacks is first in the league.
ADD DEFENSE: Pacific's defense has proven that experience makes you better. The Boxers enter the week ranked 68th among NCAA Division III teams in total defense, allowing teams a total of 319 yards per game. Against the passing game, the Boxers rank 31st in passing yards allowed with 148 per game and 18th in pass efficiency defense at 88.86. Additionally, the Boxers enter the week rank 83rd in scoring defense, allowing opponents 20.3 points per game.
Jack Perez (So., Petaluma, Calif.) has paced the Boxers so far in 2013. The linebacker leads the Boxers with 22 tackles (11 solo, 11 assisted) to go along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Against Menlo, Perez finished with seven tackles. Safety Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) has 18 tackles to go along with two interception while First Team All-NWC linebacker Tim Hastie (Sr., Auberry, Calif.) enters the week with 17 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Josh Brinkworth (Jr., Elk Grove, Calif.) also has 17 tackles and a tackle for loss.
NOT QUIET FOR LONG: Opposing teams should not be fooled by the quiet performance that Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) had against Menlo. The junior wide receiver caught just one ball for eight yards against the Oaks but came up big for the Boxers in their previous two games. Fukumoto enters the week ranked in the NWC top-10 in seven different statistical categories, ranking second in yards per reception (25.2 yards) and tied for second with four receiving touchdowns. In this week's NCAA Division III statistics, Fukumoto is ranked 20th in receiving touchdowns and 79th in both receiving yards per game (84) and scoring (8.7 points per game).
TAKIN' IT AWAY: Pacific enters the week as one of the top teams in the nation in interceptions. The Boxers have six interceptions in 2013, picking up one more in the Boxers' win at Menlo on Sept. 21. Bryan Mills had the pick against the Oaks, pulling the pass down with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. The five interceptions have contributed to a total of nine turnovers gained by the Boxers, ranking the team 39th in NCAA Division III. Cornerback Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) continues to rank 2nd among NCAA Division III players with an average of one intercpetion per game (3 total).
road warriors: Over the last two seasons, Pacific has been more successful on the road than they have been at home. The Boxers enter this week having won four of their last five road games. The only blemish in the run came in a 55-17 loss at Linfield on Nov. 10, 2012 that ended the 2012 season. In those five games, Pacific has outscored their opponents 169-127. This season, Pacific has outscored its road opponents 48-31.
SPEAKING OF STREAKS: Pacific's 3-0 start to the season is the best for the Boxers since Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States. Pacific last started 3-0 in the 1964 season. That year, Pacific opened with a 20-7 win over Portland State (then a NAIA school), followed by a 54-7 rout of Western Oregon and a 7-0 defeat of College of Idaho in the NWC opener. The streak ended with a 21-13 loss to Pacific Lutheran. Should Pacific beat Whitworth on Saturday, the team's 4-0 start would be the first since the 1950 season. The Boxers have never started a season with a 5-0 record. The 36th President of the United States would not have been impressed much with the Boxers' success as he never was a sports fan and was considered too awkward as a youth to compete in sports.
WINNING RECORDS: Thanks to their 3-0 start, Pacific needs just two wins to secure their first .500 or better record since the program was reinstated for the 2010 season. The last time Pacific finished with a .500 record in was in 1978 when they finished the year at 4-4. The Boxers last finished with a winning record in 1987, going 4-3-2 while finishing in fourth place in the Columbia Football Assocation's Mt. Hood Division.
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Pacific is 0-3 in conference-opening games since the program's 2010 return. The last time Pacific won their a conference opener was in 1990 when the Boxers opened their Columbia Football Association schedule with a 21-14 victory over Simon Fraser (during the CFL years, all of Pacific's games were against conference opponents). Pacific's last NWC season-opening win came in 1983, with the Boxers posting a 37-15 victory over Willamette (The NWC discontinued conference football play after 1984 with programs moving to the CFL).
FLAGS A-FLYING: Pacific's future success will be contingent on their ability to reduce penalties. The Boxers enter the week as the second most penalized team in the NWC, having committed 22 penalties for 207 yards.
SACK MASTERS: Pacific enters the week leading the NWC in sacks, having made 12 in three games. The Boxers had an impressive five sacks against Menlo on Sept. 21, resulting in a loss of 15 yards. Defensive lineman Sean Bangs (Sr., Portland, Ore.) enters the week ranked 19th among Division III players with an average of 1.2 per game.
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 fifth 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.
IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: Pacific enters the week ranked in the top-100 in 13 different NCAA Division III statistical categories. The Boxers enter the week ranked 16th in third down conversions, having converted 52.4 percent of their third down opportunities. Pacific also ranks 17th in passing efficency (167.88), 31st in passing yards allowed (148 yards per game) and 33rd in scoring offense (38.3 points per game).
Individually, eight different Pacific players show up in the top-100. Craig Bailey leads the list, ranking second in intercpetions with his average of 1.0 per game. The complete NCAA Division III stats can be found at http://bit.ly/166nvOo.
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 that game, 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 and selected to the D3Football.com Team 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 Here.
PACIFIC ONE-LINERS (AND SOMETIMES TWO...)
• Head Coach Keith Buckley and Menlo Head Coach Mark Grieb played on the same UC Davis team and both coached for their former head coach, Bob Biggs, on the UC Davis staff. The two met as head coaches for the first time on Sept. 21.
• The Sept. 26 Big Sky Conference match-up at JELD-WEN Field between Portland State and Cal Poly featured two former Pacific coaches. Cal Poly wide receivers coach Jim Craft was Pacific's offensive coordinator while Portland State tight ends coach Matt Leunen was tight ends coach at Pacific in 2010.
• Sophomore offensive lineman Riley Rankin is the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys' standout Don Meredith.
• Junior Jordan Fukumoto's brother, Jayson Fukumoto, played for Pacific in 2010 and is now in special forces in the U.S. Army.
• California is the most represented state on the Pacific roster with 47 players hailing from the Golden State. Oregon has the second most at 39 with Hawaii third at 33.
• Defensive lineman Eddie Carrillo is serving this year as president of Pacific's Student-Athlet Advisory Committee.
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.