Pacific Lutheran Lutes

Overall record: 7-2 - Conference: 5-2
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/13 vs. Cal Lutheran W, 35-28 BX
9/27 at Trinity (Texas) W, 38-14 BX P
10/4 vs. Linfield * • L, 41-14 BX RC
10/11 at Lewis and Clark * • W, 44-7 BX
10/18 at Pacific * • L, 31-28 BX RC
10/25 vs. Willamette * • W, 56-14 BX
11/1 at Puget Sound * • W, 42-27 BX
11/8 vs. Whitworth * • W, 41-27 BX RC
11/15 vs. George Fox * • W, 49-7 BX
Overall record: 7-2 - Conference: 5-2
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
10/4 vs. Linfield * • L, 41-14 BX RC
10/11 at Lewis and Clark * • W, 44-7 BX
10/18 at Pacific * • L, 31-28 BX RC
10/25 vs. Willamette * • W, 56-14 BX
11/1 at Puget Sound * • W, 42-27 BX
11/8 vs. Whitworth * • W, 41-27 BX RC
11/15 vs. George Fox * • W, 49-7 BX


Schools Conf All
Linfield 6-1 11-2
Pacific 6-1 6-3
Pacific Lutheran 5-2 7-2
Whitworth 4-3 6-4
Willamette 3-4 5-4
Puget Sound 3-4 4-5
George Fox 1-6 1-8
Lewis and Clark 0-7 0-9

What We're Reading

  • »George Fox just months away
  • For the better part of the past 50 years, football during fall Saturdays has been a missing piece of "the George Fox experience." That ends in September.
  • »Conner Mertens came out
  • A kicker at Willamette, Mertens came out as bisexual to his team last night. He now comes out publicly in hopes of inspiring other LGBT athletes to come out and be true to themselves.
  • »Learning to love the purple powers
  • Some bemoan the fact that Mount Union and Whitewater always end up on opposite sides of the playoff bracket. To which I say, that?s the way it should be.

Past Records

2014 (7-2, 5-2 NWC)
2013 (8-2, 5-1 NWC)
2012 (7-3, 5-1 NWC)
2011 (6-3, 4-2 NWC)
2010 (8-1, 5-1 NWC)
2009 (3-6, 3-3 NWC)
2008 (3-6, 3-3 NWC)
2007 (7-2, 4-2 NWC)
2006 (4-5, 4-2 NWC)
2005 (3-6, 0-4 NWC)
2004 (6-3, 2-3 NWC)
2003 (6-3, 3-2 NWC)
2002 (5-4, 3-2 NWC)
2001 (8-3, 4-1 NWC)
2000 (9-2, 4-1 NWC)
1999 (13-1, 4-1 NWC)

Team Quick Facts

Pacific Lutheran


Coach: Scott Westering (Pacific Lutheran '81)
Conference: NWC
Enrollment: 3030
Location: Tacoma, WA
Colors: Gold, Black
Stadium: Sparks Stadium (3500)
Surface: Turf

News Releases

September 25, 2014
The phrase that stays
From DePauw Never Quits to Wabash Always Fights to Every Man a Lute, some Division III schools...
November 20, 2013
Lutes hope for better luck second time around
“We’re definitely excited to get another shot,” said senior Jordan Patterson....
October 9, 2013
Platteville Pioneers pushed by prolific passing
UW-Platteville was tabbed to win this year’s conference title. At the clip that the Pioneers&r...
September 28, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Linfield rolls, PLU survives
Heading into next week's NWC showdown, the No. 2 Wildcats and No. 10 Lutes had significantly...
August 12, 2013
Best road trips: Week 6
You could get three games on the East Coast, but a rare West Coast Friday night game gives us reason...
April 12, 2013
Appreciating Frosty Westering
Coaching in Division III was just a small part of Frosty Westering's career, but the former Pacific...
November 17, 2012
PLU Gives Linfield All it Can Handle Before Falling, 27-24
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – An-end-of-game drive toward a tying field goal – or perhaps a...
November 15, 2012
Getting second life
There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific...
November 10, 2012
Ritchey Puts PLU in Passing Lane to Beat Menlo
ATHERTON, Calif. - Dalton Ritchey accounted for five touchdowns, including four passing, to lead...
November 3, 2012
Lutes Top Whitworth For Fifth Straight Victory
PUYALLUP - Scoring touchdowns on four of its first five possessions, Pacific Lutheran built an early...
October 27, 2012
Lutes Score 35 Unanswered Points to Beat Loggers
TACOMA - Trailing 14-7 late in the second quarter, Pacific Lutheran scored 35 unanswered points to...
October 20, 2012
Lutes Make Statement in 41-27 Win Over Willamette
PUYALLUP - Quarterback Dalton Ritchey scored three rushing touchdowns, cornerback Tayler Angevine...
October 13, 2012
Lutes Built Big Lead, Beat Boxers by TKO
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran took a 28-2 lead into the fourth quarter and added two late...
October 6, 2012
Ritchey and Defense Lead PLU Past Lewis & Clark
PORTLAND, Ore. - Dalton Ritchey threw for three touchdowns and the Pacific Lutheran defense hassled...
September 29, 2012
Classic PLU vs. Linfield Showdown Goes to 'Cats, 31-24
PUYALLUP - John Shaffer slipped away from a couple of tacklers, reversed field and raced 32 yards...
September 15, 2012
First Half Lead Carries Lutes Past Redlands, 28-14
REDLANDS - Dalton Ritchey passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns and Erik Hoium scored on an...
September 8, 2012
PLU Falls to Cal Lutheran in Season Opener
PUYALLUP - Visiting California Lutheran scored 20 unanswered points to break away from a tie and...
November 5, 2011
Lutes Build Early Lead, Hold On to Beat Pacific
PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran built a 35-0 lead in the third period and withstood a furious fourth...
October 22, 2011
Linfield Handles PLU in NWC Football Counter
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield rolled up a big margin in total yards and took advantage of four...
October 1, 2011
21-7 Final Makes It 23 of 24 for Lutes Over Loggers
PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran scored a touchdown in each of the final three quarters and kept Puget...
September 17, 2011
Cal Lu's Big Offensive Day Too Much for PLU
MOORPARK, Calif. - Cal Lutheran rolled up 552 yards of total offense Saturday afternoon on the way...
November 17, 2010
Playoffs or no, PLU does its job
There’s something about PLU that’s just captivating, whether their wacky warm-up...
November 13, 2010
Keep Hope Alive: Lutes Beat Willamette, 24-21
PUYALLUP - Needing a touchdown to keep its national playoff hopes alive, Pacific Lutheran drove 76...
November 6, 2010
PLU Football Beats Boxers in the Rain
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away...
October 30, 2010
Lutes Football Rallies Past Upstart Pioneers, 35-23
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally past a...
October 23, 2010
PLU Gives Linfield Battle Before Falling, 35-20
PUYALLUP - In a contest of nationally ranked teams battling for first place in the Northwest...
October 16, 2010
Lutes Improve to 5-0, Set Up Key Game Against Linfield
ATHERTON, Calif. - For the first time since 1997, Pacific Lutheran has opened a football season with...
October 9, 2010
Strong First Half Carries Lutes Past Whitworth, 39-21
PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter on Saturday afternoon and...
October 2, 2010
Unbelievable! Lutes Beat Loggers on 49-Yard Field Goal
TACOMA - If you have followed Pacific Lutheran football in recent years, you would have to call it...
September 23, 2010
Pacific Lutheran on the rebound
"The way we've done things the last 30-40 years, we can't do that anymore …we've got to...
September 18, 2010
Big Win as Lutes Down No. 15-Ranked Cal Lutheran
PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran made lots of big plays on both sides of the football Saturday on the way...
September 11, 2010
Lutes Open Season With 27-20 Win at Hamline
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Senior quarterback Jordan Rasmussen threw four touchdown passes, including the...
August 3, 2010
Linfield picked to repeat in NWC
Defending champion Linfield is a unanimous choice to repeat as Northwest Conference football...
March 16, 2010
Football is coming to George Fox
Football is returning to George Fox for the first time since 1968, as the Division III school's...
September 18, 2007
Mustache men try to revive Lutes
When Pacific Lutheran head coach Scott Westering opened camp this fall 19 seniors showed up with...
December 21, 1999
Five rounds, five journeys
My playoff odyssey might not have been as interesting or nearly as long as Pacific Lutheran's, but I...
December 20, 1999
Leaving no question unanswered
Caring and compassion is wonderful fodder for romance novels, but how could it work on the football...
December 18, 1999
Being is believing
What's most amazing about the hokey-sounding Pacific Lutheran philosophy is just how people managed...
December 18, 1999
Pacific Lutheran 42, Rowan 13
Pacific Lutheran's team of destiny rolled past Rowan's team of futility as the Lutes won Stagg Bowl...