Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PUGET SOUND AT PACIFIC
Game No. 5/Home Game No. 2
Sat., Oct. 12, 1 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro, Live)
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BOXERS ENTER HOMECOMING GAME WITH A CHANCE FOR HISTORY
After winning their Northwest Conference opener at Whitworth on Saturday, Pacific football comes back home with a chance to make history on homecoming weekend. The 4-0 start is Pacific's best start since 1950 and will be looking to improve to 5-0 for the first time in school history. The Boxers will host Puget Sound on Saturday in Forest Grove, entertaining a Loggers' team that lost 60-30 last weekend at Lewis & Clark.
• Pacific improved to 4-0 for their best start since 1950 Saturday, coming back from a 14-0 first half deficit to beat Whitworth 31-21 in Spokane, Wash. The victory was the Boxers' first over Whitworth since 1978 and their first victory in a NWC opener since 1983.
• After managing just 33 yards of offense in the first quarter, the Boxers finished the day with 408 yards of total offense and 279 yards of passing offense. Pacific had 262 yards and 206 passing yards in the second half alone.
• Quarterback P.J. Minaya completed 10 of 15 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, while T.C. Campbell completed 6 of 10 passes for 105 yards. Jakob Lawrence was the top receiver for the second straight game, catching four balls for 80 yards while Jordan Fukumoto and Caleb Roher each had receiving touchdowns.
• The rushing game continued to be an important part of Pacific's success with 129 yards on the ground. Gunther Schultze led the way with 56 yards on seven carries, while Bobby Ladiges and Deven McKinney each had rushing touchdowns.
• Pacific enters the week leading the NWC with 17 sacks and while the defense also has an impressive 36 tackles for loss for 143 yards. The Boxers finished with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Whitworth on Saturday. Devin Lagorio had three tackles for loss and a sack while Alex Willeford had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
• Pacific continues to be a potent passing team, ranking 14th among NCAA Division III teams in passing effiiciency (169.93) and 37th in passing offense (286.5 yards per game). Defensively, Pacific ranks 52nd nationally in passing yards allowed (165.3 yards per game) and 70th in total defense (322 yards allowed per game).
• Pacific's 4-0 start is their best since the 1950 season and they have never started a season 5-0. Pacific also enters the week having won four of their last six road games (the only loss a 51-17 defeat at Linfield on Nov. 10, 2012).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - PUGET SOUND LOGGERS
Location: Tacoma, Wash.
Colors: Maroon & White
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Peyton Field at Baker Stadium (2,200, uncovered, natural grass)
President: Dr. Ronald Thomas
Athletic Director: Amy Hackett
Head Coach: John Thomas (Redlands 2003)
Thomas' Record At UPS: 2-25 (3 Yrs.)
Thomas' Record Overall: 2-25 (3 Yrs.)
All-Time Series: Pacific leads 16-13-3
Last Meeting: Pacific won 62-21 in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 6, 2012
ABOUT THE COACH: Jeff Thomas is in his fourth season as Puget Sound head coach. In his first season as head coach (2010), the Loggers broke 23 school record and put together the sixth best passing offense in the NWC. Over the last two seasons, Puget Sound has continued to rank in the top-10 among Division III teams in passing offense. Thomas took over in Tacoma after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Redlands, where he was named as the American Football Coaches Association's Division III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. A four-year letterwinner at Redlands, Thomas earned a spot on 2002 Aztec Bowl team after helping the Bulldogs reach the Division III playoffs as a defensive back.
THE SERIES: Pacific leads 16-13-3. Pacific won the last meeting, 62-21, in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 6, 2012.
LAST MEETING: P.J. Minaya's 276 yards of passing offense led Pacific to their best scoring day in 82 years as the Boxers clearcut the Loggers 62-21. The 62 points were the most (to that date) scored by the Boxers since a 62-0 shutout of Albany College in 1930 and marked the fourth time in school history that Pacific crossed the 60-point plateau. The Boxers finished with 576 yards of total offense and 250 rushing yards. Pacific broke the game open early, scoring a field goal and touchdown in the first quarter before scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 38-7 halftime lead. Minaya finished completing 25 of 30 for 276 yards, threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth. Bobby Ladiges ran 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Puget Sound quarterback James Korn completed 32 of 57 passes for 285 yards.
PUGET SOUND NOTES
• Puget Sound broke a 20-game losing streak on Sept. 21, beating Whittier on the road 42-33. It was their first victory since 2010, when the Loggers beat the first-year Pacific program twice.
• The Loggers enter the week ranked fifth in the NWC with 382 yards per game, and their 249 passing yards per game ranks sixth. Puget Sound leads the NWC in fourth down conversion (62 percent) along with kick returns (22 for 451 yards) and punt return average I13 yards per return).
• Kicker Sawyer Petre set a school record against Lewis & Clark on Saturday when he hit a 51-yard field goal to surpass the 49-yard record of current kickers coach Mark Conrad.
• Braden Foley leads Puget Sound's passing attack, having thrown for 738 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryson Calma is their top receiver, averaging 73.3 yards per game with four touchdowns.
• Among Puget Sound alums with football ties include Milt Woodard, who co-founded the American Football League, UTEP head coach Mike Price and former NFL player Mike Oliphant. Other notable alums include 1948 Winter Olmypic gold medal skier Gretchen Fraser, famed glass-blowing artist Dale Chihuly, championship bagpiper Jori Chisholm and comedian and former Match Game host Ross Shafer.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
CONTINUING TO WORK: The Boxers' two quarterback system continues to be effective. P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) completed 10 of 15 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Whitworth on Saturday. The first touchdown pass came late in the first half to Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii), which halved the Whitworth halftime lead to 14-7. Minaya then tied the game on the Boxers' opening possession in the third quarter, finding Caleb Roher (Jr., Gresham, Ore.) for a 22-yard reception to tie the game at 14-14. T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii), meanwhile, was effective in his time in the pocket, completing 6 of 10 passes for 105 yards.
The two have worked together to make the Boxer passing attack one of the best in NCAA Division III again. As a team, Pacific enters the week ranked fourth in the NWC and 37th amond NCAA Division III teams with 286.5 yards of passing offense per game. The Boxers' pass efficiency rating of 169.93 ranks 14th in NCAA Division III. Individually, Minaya is ranked 14th nationally in passing efficiency (171.4), 53rd in completion percentage (.626), 82nd in points responsible for (56) and 89th in passing yards per completion (14.66). Campbell ranks 42nd nationally in passing yards per completion (19.04).
SACK MASTERS: Opposing quarterbacks best be a little afraid of the Pacific defense. The Boxers enter the week leading the league with 17 sacks, accounting for a loss of 94 yards. In addition, Pacific has come up with 36 tackles for loss for a total of 143 yards. For comparison, Pacific finished the 2012 season with 18 sacks and 55 tackles for loss. Against Whitworth on Saturday, the Boxers finished with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss for 51 yards. Defensive lineman Alex Willeford (Jr., Keizer, Ore.) leads the team with six sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. He leads the NWC and ranks 13th among NCAA Division III players in sacks while also ranking second in the NWC and 53rd in Division III in tackles for loss. Sean Bangs (Sr., Portland, Ore.) also ranks nationally in sacks. His five sacks (1.3 per game average) ranks 32nd in Division III.
MORE NATIONAL DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Pacific enters the week ranked 45th in team pass efficiency defense (103.03), 52nd in passing yards allowed (165.3 yards per game), 70th in total defense (322 yards allowed per game) and 98th in first downs allowed (79). Additionally, Pacific ranks third in the NWC with five fumble recoveries. Brandon Harms (Jr., Canby, Ore.) ranks 15th individually with 0.5 fumbles recovered per game while Alex Willeford ranks 10th in forced fumbles (0.67 per game) and 90th in fumbles recovered (0.33 per game).
GROUND GAME: The Pacific rushing game is again providing solid support on the offensive side of the ball. The Boxers enter the week with 535 rushing yards and an average of 143.8 rushing yards per game. That is well ahead of the 109 rushing yards per game amassed by Pacific in 2012. Against Whitworth on Saturday, the Boxers finished with 129 yards on the ground, led by 56 yards on seven carries by Gunther Schultze (Sr., Bellflower, Calif.). Bobby Ladiges (Jr., Escalon, Calif.) and Deven McKinney (Sr., Spanaway, Wash.) each had rushing touchdowns in the victory. McKinney enters the week as the team's rushing leader, ranking fourth in the NWC with 253 rushing yards and an average of 63.2 yards per game. He also leads the league with an average of 7.2 yards per carry. Schultze enters the week ranked ninth in the NWC with 165 receiving yards while Ladiges is tied for 10th with his two rushing touchdowns.
TAKIN' IT AWAY: Pacific continues to be 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. The five interceptions have contributed to a total of 10 turnovers gained by the Boxers, ranking the team 64th in NCAA Division III. Cornerback Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) ranks 15th among NCAA Division III players with an average of o0.8 interceptions per game (3 total). Safety Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) ranks 74th in interceptions with 0.5 per game (2 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 five of their last six 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 200-148. This season, Pacific has outscored its road opponents 79-32.
COMING FROM BEHIND: Pacific has shown that they don't quit when they are down. Saturday's win at Whitworth was the second time this season that Pacific has won after being in a significant first half hole. The Boxers found themselves down 14-0 before scoring 31 of the game's final 38 points, including 24 in the second half. The Boxers were down 10-0 to Occidental on Sept. 14 before beating the Tigers 67-30.
SECOND HALF TEAM: Pacific turns on the offense after they have lured teams in with a good first quarter. The Boxers are outscoring opponents 78-31 in the second half and 126-51 over the final three quarters this season. The only quarter Pacific is not winning is the first, with opponents outscoring the Boxers 31-20.
4-0 for first time since truman: Pacific's 4-0 start to the season is the best for the Boxers since Harry S. Truman was President of the United States. Pacific was last 4-0 in the 1950 season, their third under Pacific Hall of Fame Coach Paul Stagg. The wins came over Western Washington (12-6), Western Oregon (12-6), Chico State (14-6) and the College of Idaho (13-6). Lewis & Clark ended the streak, handing the then-Badgers a 24-0 shutout. The Boxers enter this weekend with a chance to make history as Pacific football has never started the season with a 5-0 record.
WINNING RECORDS: Thanks to their 4-0 start, Pacific needs just one win 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 or better in was in 1987, when the Boxers finished 4-3-2 and fourth in the Columbia Football Association's Mt. Hood Division with a 3-2-1 record.
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Pacific's win over Whitworth on Saturday marks their first win in a conference-opening game since 1990. The Boxers opened their Columbia Football Association schedule that season 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 before Saturday 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).
IN THE POLLS: For the first time since the 2010 reinstatement of Pacific football, the Boxers are getting some love in the national polls. Pacific gained their first points in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches Poll on Sept. 30 with two votes. They gain 10 votes this week for a total 12 points. Also this week, Pacific earned their first ever votes in the D3Football.com Top-25 Poll, reciving two votes in the poll voted upon by journalists and sports information directors. The D3Football.com poll can be viewed at d3football.com/top25, while the AFCA poll can be viewed at http://bit.ly/19wgErV. The Northwest Conference has four teams represented in both polls, which is believed to be a first for the conference since their move to NCAA Division III for the 1998-99 season.
AMONG THE PERFECT: Pacific is one of 34 NCAA Division III teams to enter the week with a perfect record. At 4-0, the Boxers share an unblemished record with the likes of NWC rivals Linfield and Willamette along with national powers Mount Union, North Central (Ill.) and Mary Hardin-Baylor.
FLAGS A-FLYING: After being bitten by the penalty bug in their first three games, Pacific successfully limited their dirty laundry against Whitworth. The Boxers were flagged just three times for a total of 20 yards, by far their cleanest game of the season. Pacific enters the week as the second most penalized team in the NWC, having committed 25 penatlies for 227 yards for an average of 56.8 penalty yards 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 14 different NCAA Division III statistical categories. The Boxers enter the week ranked 14th in passing efficiency (169.93), 20th in third down conversion percentage (.490), tied for 39th in red zone offense (.857) and 40th in scoring offense (36.5 points per game).
Individually, nine different Pacific players show up in the top-100. Alex Willeford leads the list, ranking 10th in forced fumbles with 0.67 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 Online Here.
ATHLETES SPORTING PINK TO PROMOTE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: While red and black will be the primary colors at homecoming, Pacific students and athletes will also be sporting a fair amount of pink. All of Pacific's competing fall teams are joining with the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in the sale of shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer research. The shirts will be sold at all Pacific home sports events over the weekend, including Saturday's football game, for $10. Proceeds will benefit a local charity geared towards breast cancer research and treatment.
HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES: As part of the homecoming festivities at Saturday's game, members of Pacific's Golden Guard (those from the Class of 1963 celebrating their 50th reunion) will be honored at halftime. Also honored at halftime will be the 150th anniversary of the Gamma Sigma fraternity and the newest inductees of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will be held on Friday night.
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.
• Pacific's victory over Whitworth on Oct. 5 was their first over the Pirates since 1978 (the Pirates had won the last six meetings).
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.