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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
UNIV. OF CHICAGO AT PACIFIC
Game No. 7/Home Game No. 3
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro, Live)
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BOXERS LOOK TO REBOUND IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE TILT
After seeing their five-game win streak end in a heartbreaker of a 17-16 loss to nationally-ranked Pacific Lutheran, the Pacific football team will aim to return to the win column in their final non-conference game of the season. The Boxers welcome the Univ. of Chicago to Lincoln Park Stadium on Saturday in the Boxers' second game of the season against a team from the Upper Midwest.
• A strong defensive game for the Boxers ended in heartbreak on Saturday as Pacific Lutheran's Nick Kaylor careened a 20-yard field goal attempt off a Pacific defender's head through the uprights two two seconds left to give the Lutes a 17-16 victory. The points were the first allowed by the Lutes since the 12:08 mark of the second quarter.
• The two teams played an even matchup, with the Lutes outgaining the Boxers offensively 345 to 335. Pacific had 246 yards in the air as quarterbacks T.C. Campbell and P.J. Minaya combined to complete 20 of 28 passes and a touchdown.
• Kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez provided most of Pacific's scoring, connecting on three field goals. He hit two 28-yarders in the second quarter and hit a 26-yarder with 1:57 left in the third quarter that gave Pacific the 16-14 lead.
• Wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto had his third 100-plus yard game of the season, making five catches for 113 yards. He enters the week first in the NWC in yards per reception and 20th among NCAA Division III players in receiving touchdowns.
• Defensive end Sean Bangs had a big game against Pacific Lutheran, finishing with five tackles, 2.5 sacks for 19 yards and 3.5 tackles for loss for 20 yards. Bangs enters the week leading the NWC in sacks and is 25th in Division III with 1.1 sacks per game. Brandon Harms led all players with seven tackles while Craig Bailey and Jack Perez each had six tackles.
• Pacific's passing attack continues to be one of the tops in Division III. Pacific ranks seventh with a pass efficiency rating of 177.67 and 29th in passing offense with an average of 283.5 yards per game. The Boxers' 36.3 points per game ties the Boxers for 35th nationally.
• Pacific continues to lead the NWC with 22 sacks and has four players ranked in the top-10 individually in sacks. Sean Bangs is ranked 25th among Division III players with 1.1 per game and Alex Willeford is ranked 31st with 1.0 per game.
• Pacific enters the week having the fourth toughest schedule in all of NCAA Division III. Pacific's nine opponents own a cumulative win/loss percentage of .660, ranking the Boxers behind Wesley, Alma and Washington (Mo.).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - CHICAGO MAROONS
Location: Chicago, Ill.
Colors: Maroon & White
Conference: University Athletic Association (NCAA III)
Stadium: Stagg Field (1,650, uncovered, FieldTurf)
President: Robert J. Zimmer, Ph.D.
Athletic Director: Erin McDermott
Head Coach: Chris Wilkerson (E. Illnois)
Wilkerson's Record At Chicago: First Year
Wilkerson's Record Overall: First Year
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
ABOUT THE COACH: Chris Wilkerson is in his first year leading the Univ. of Chicago football program, taking over from Dick Maloney, who retired after 19 years. Wilkerson came to Chicago from Dartmouth, where he has served on the coaching staff since 2005 and as the associate head coach since 2007. During his tenure at Dartmouth, his range of responsiblities included defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, running backs coach, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to Dartmouth, Wilkerson served stints as an assistant coach at San Jose State (where he was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach) and Eastern Illinois.
THE SERIES: This is the first ever meeting between Pacific and Chicago, but the two programs share a historical connection. Dr. Paul Stagg, the winningest coach in Pacific history (1947-60), is the son of Amos Alonzo Stagg, who built Chicago into a national power in the early 20th Century.
• The Univ. of Chicago plays as part of the University Athletic Association, a conference made up of eight schools with high academic reputation covering eight eastern states. Other football playing UAA schools include Case Western Reserve, Rochester and Washington (Mo.).
• The Maroons enter the week with a 5-1 record after scoring a 26-7 win over Macalester at Stagg Field on Homecoming on Saturday. The Maroons dominated time of possession, running 71 plays and holding onto the ball for over 38 minutes. The Maroons held the Scots to one first quarter touchdown.
• Chicago ran a balanced game with 136 yards coming on the rush and 150 yards coming in the air. Vincent Cortina completed 12 of 23 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Cole Thoms caught six balls for 42 yards and two scores while Ian Gaines rushed for 75 yards on 20 carries.
• As a team, Chicago is averaging 296.8 yards per game, with 162.5 of those yards coming in the air. The Maroons have outscored their opponents this season 141-78. Vincent Cortina enters the week having completed 73 of 131 passes for 970 yards and 14 touchdowns. Cole Thoms is the top target, averaging 46.7 yards per game on 28 catches with four touchdowns.
• Zak Ross-Nash is Chicago's leading rusher, averaging 78.8 yards per game with 144 carries in six games. The Maroons are averaging 134.3 yards per game.
• Chicago enters the week ranked fifth among Division III teams in time of possession, averaging 35:30 per game. The Marrons are also ranked sixth in Division III in fewest penalties per game (3.67), 12th in red zone defense (.538), 15th in scoring defense (13 points allowed per game) and 18th in first down defense (87 allowed).
• The Univ. of Chicago was one of the early powers of college football. Under Amos Alonzo Stagg, the Maroons (an original member of the Big 10 Conference) won national titles un 1905 and 1913 and won tbe Big 10 title seven times. Stagg was pushed out as coach in 1931. The school dropped football in 1939 and reinstated the sport in 1969 as a College Division (now Division III) program.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
A GREAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Much of the credit for Pacific playing Pacific Lutheran so close on Saturday goes to the defense. Pacific held the Lutes, a team averaging 25.8 points per game, to just 17 points and held PLU to just one field goal in the final 43 minutes of the contest. Defensive end Sean Bangs (Sr., Portland, Ore.) had the big game for the Boxers, finishing with five tackles, 2.5 sacks for 19 yards and 3.5 tackles for loss for 20 yards. He played a big role of the Boxers' four sacks and five tackles for loss in the contest. Cornerback Brandon Harms (Jr., Canby, Ore.) led the Boxers with seven tackles while cornerback Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) and linebacker Jack Perez (So., Petaluma, Calif.) each had six tackles.
NATIONALLY RANKED DEFENSE: By the numbers, Pacific's defense continues to shape up as one of the best in Division III and will provide a good match-up against the Univ. of Chicago on Saturday. The Boxers are ranked 56th in scoring defense, allowing teams an average of 18.8 points per game in their first six games. The Boxers are ranked 61st in total defense, allowing teams 319 yards per game, 72nd in rushing defense with 130.3 yards allowed per game and 79th in passing defense with 188.7 yards allowed per game. In addition, the Boxers are tied for 65th in red zone defense, keeping opponents to just 68.2 percent success inside the 20-yard line. Individually, Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) ranks 12th in interceptions with 0.7 per game while Craig Bailey ranks 43rd with 0.5 per game. Sean Bangs is ranked 25th in sacks with 1.1 per game while Alex Willeford (Jr., Keizer, Ore.) is ranked 31st in sacks with 1.0 per game and 39th in forced fumbles with 0.33 per game.
THE FRIENDLY SKIES: The two starting quarterback system for the Boxers continues to pay dividends. The Boxers enter the week ranked seventh among NCAA Division III in passing efficiency at 177.67 and 29th in passing offense with an average of 283.5 yards per game. Individually, P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) enters the week ranked ninth in passing efficency at 175.5, 24th with a 66.0 completion percentage and 86th in points responsible for with 74. T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) is ranked 55th with an average of 16.80 yards per completion. The tandem combined to complete 20 of 28 passes for 246 yards in the loss to Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. Campbell led the way, completing 14 of 19 for 162 yards and throwing for the Boxers' only touchdown.
OVER THE CENTURY MARK AGAIN: Wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) went over the century mark in yardage for the third time this season against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. The Boxers' top receiver caught five balls for 113 yards, which included a long completion of 38 yards. He had nearly half of the Boxers' 246 receiving yards in the contest. Fukumoto has returned strong for the Boxers after missing most of the 2012 season due to injury. He enters the week ranked fourth in the NWC and 56th among NCAA Division III players with an average of 85.3 yards per game. He also ranks second in the NWC and 20th in Division III with seven touchdowns along with fourth in the NWC and 56th in Division III with 512 receiving yards.
THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS: Moses Villareal-Gomez (Jr., Stockton, Calif.) provided the bulk of the scoring for the Boxers at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, kicking three field goals. Villareal-Gomez connected on a 28-yarder with 7:10 to go in the second quarter that put Pacific on the board, and then closed the first half with another 28-yard field goal to bring Pacific to within 14-13 at half. In the third quarter, a 26-yard field goal gave Pacific the 16-14 lead with 1:57 to go. Villareal-Gomez, the Boxers' career record holder in both field goals made and point-after attempts made, is continuing to be one of the top Division III kickers around. He ranks 14th in Division III in field goals made, averaging 1.2 per game, and is tied for first in the NWC with seven made on the season. He also ranks second in the NWC in points kicking (46), field goals attempted (9), field goal percentage (.780), extra points made (25) and extra points attempted (26). He extended his career records in field goals made to 23 and extra-points made to 70.
BORN TO RUN: Running back Deven McKinney (Jr., Stanaway, Wash.) provided a pair of big runs for the Boxers that made a difference in the Boxers' loss to Pacific Lutheran. In the second quarter, McKinney made a Pacific season-long 50-yard run that set up James Berry's (Jr., Belmont, Calif.) nine-yard touchdown reception that brought the Boxers within 14-10 with 3:27 to go in the second quarter. At the end of the game, it was McKinney who found himself with the ball as he ran a kickoff back 40 yards before being brought down in PLU territory as the game ended. McKinney has been a valuable member of the Pacific offense and special teams all season long. He leads the Boxers and ranks fifth in the NWC with 314 rushing yards and is ranked sixth in the NWC with an average of 52.3 yards per game. McKinney also works as the Boxers' primary kick return specialist and ranks eighth in the NWC with 180 return yards and an average of 30 yards per return.
ONE TOUGH SCHEDULE: Pacific's 5-1 record has come amidst what has developed into one of the toughest schedules in all of Division III. The Boxers rank fourth this week in the NCAA's list of toughest schedules in Division III. The compilation is based on a cumulative win/loss percentage of Pacific's 10 opponents thus far. Pacific is one of three NWC teams in the top-20, joining Whitworth (sixth) and Lewis & Clark (19th). The road is toughest for the Boxers over their next four games. The Boxers final four opponents (Chicago, Lewis & Clark, Willamette & Linfield) own a combined record of 16-6. Their .727 winning percentage gives Pacific a No. 7 ranking in future schedules for all Division III teams.
COMING FROM BEHIND: Pacific has shown that they don't quit when they are down. Twice this season that Pacific has won after being in a significant first half hole, the most recent on Oct. 5 at Whitworth. 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. Pacific was 14-0 to Pacific Lutheran before coming back to take a 14-13 third quarter lead.
STAGG PARTY: If it were not already the name of the Division III national championship game, Saturday's matchup between Pacific and the Univ. of Chicago could be called the "Stagg Bowl" thanks to the historical connections between the two schools. Football historians know well that Amos Alonzo Stagg, the "Grand Old Man of Football," coached the Univ. of Chicago for 41 years from 1892-1932, using such groundbreaking innovations as the forward pass, the line shift, the lateral pass and the 7-2-2-defense to lead the Maroons to two national major college championships.
What may not be commonly known is that the elder Stagg spent time in Forest Grove helping out his son. Amos' youngest son, Dr. Paul Stagg, served as head football coach and athletic director for Pacific from 1947-1960. The winningest coach in program history (63-51-6), Paul Stagg often has his father up from his home in Stockton, Calif., to assist with spring practices. Amos helped introduce the Badgers to the T formation and the double flank formation during his visits, predicting in a 1948 article in the Pacific University Alumnews that Pacific had a good future ahead of them. The Badgers would claim share to three NWC championships under Stagg (1949, 1951 & 1952) and made their only postseason appearances in the 1949 and 1951 Pear Bowl games (Pacific beat UC Davis in both meetings, 33-15 and 25-7). Paul Stagg was inducted into the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in the 1992 inaugaral class.
In another ironic twist, both Staggs have connections to the school in California that Pacific University is often confused with. After Amos Alonzo Stagg was forced out at Chicago following the 1932 season (the Maroons' major college program was disbanded in 1939), he moved west to become head football coach at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., a position he held for 13 years. After his run with Pacific, Dr. Paul Stagg left to become athletic director and head football coach at the Univ. of the Pacific, retiring in 1967.
SECOND HALF TEAM: Pacific continues to show prowess as a second half team. Pacific enters the week outsoring their opponents 95-48 in the final two quarters and 177-75 over the final three quarters of game. The Boxers appear most potent in the second quarter, where they own an 82-27 advantage, and in the third quarter, where Pacific is outscoring opponents 41-17.
SEEING RED: Pacific is making the most of their opportunities inside the red zone. The Boxers enter the week ranked ninth among NCAA Division III teams in red zone offense, converting on 90.9 percent of their opportunities. The Boxers have scored 20 of 22 times they have been inside the 20, coming up empty on single drives against Menlo on Sept. 21 and Whitworth on Oct. 5. Conversely, the Pacific defense ranks 65th in red zone defense, limiting to opponents to scoring 68.2 percent of the time (15 of 22).
IN THE POLLS: Pacific's narrow loss to Pacific Lutheran did little to knock the Boxers down in the polls. Pacific continues to be listed fourth among teams receiving votes in this week's D3Football.com poll, receiving 21 votes. In this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll, the Boxers received 10 votes. With Pacific, four of the NWC's seven football teams are represented in both polls. The D3Football.com poll can be viewed at d3football.com/top25, while the AFCA poll can be viewed at http://bit.ly/19wgErV.
FLAGS A-FLYING: Pacific will be looking to once again clean up the laundry on the field. The Boxers had six penalties called against them against PLU for 53 yards. Pacific enters the week as the second most penalized team in the NWC, having committed 42 penatlies for 399 yards for an average of 66.5 penalty yards per game.
MOVING THE CHAINS: Pacific is showing success in keeping the offense moving in third and fourth down situations. The Boxers enter the week ranked second in the NWC and 26th among NCAA Division III teams in third down percentage, gaining first downs in 47.9 percent of their chances (34 of 71).
IN HOMECOMING GAMES: With the win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12, Pacific is now 2-2 in their own Homecoming games since the program's 2010 reinstatement. The Boxers' other Homecoming win came also came against Puget Sound, with the Boxers gaining the 44-25 win on Oct. 29, 2011, in what was the program's first win since reinstatement. Pacific's other Homecoming games included a 24-12 loss to Whitworth on Oct. 23, 2010 and a 28-25 loss to the Pirates on Oct. 6, 2012. At the same time, the Boxers have not been cooperative Homecoming opponents over the last two seasons. Pacific is 3-0 in the last two seasons when they were the Homecoming opponent. The Boxers served as Whitworth's Homecoming for on Oct. 5, and the Boxers scored trhe 31-21 win.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The Oct. 12 victory over Puget Sound was one of historic proportions for Pacific football. The 56-14 rout moved the Boxers to a 5-0 on the season, a benchmark never before reached in the 103-year history of the program. The closest the Boxers had come before the game was in 1950, when Pacific opened at 4-0 before taking a 24-0 shutout loss to Lewis & Clark. The 2-0 conference mark was the first time since 1950 that the Boxers have gone undefeated in their first two league contests.
Head Coach Keith Buckley acknowledged the record as an important milestone in the rebirth of the Pacific program. "We are proud that we have represented Pacific University in the way that we have this year," he said. "When we started the program, we set out to build a program that not just our kids but the Pacific community could be proud of. We have made great strides and have a long way to go, but 5-0 is great and as a team we are definitely proud of it."
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Pacific's win over Whitworth on Oct. 5 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).
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 12th 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.
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:
Bryan Mills: NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for week of Oct. 7-13. Mills had four tackles and two interceptions (both eventually resulted in Pacific touchdowns) in the Boxers' 56-14 Homecoming win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12.
Moses Villareal-Gomez: NWC Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for week of Oct. 7-13. Villareal-Gomez tied his own school single game record by going 8 for 8 on point-after attempts in the Boxers' 56-14 win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12.
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.
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-Athlete 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.
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