Puget Sound snaps 20-game losing streak with win at Whittier
The defense forced five turnovers and Braden Foley threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Puget Sound defeated the host Whittier Poets 42-33 Saturday to snap a 20-game losing streak.
Saturday’s win was the Loggers first since Oct. 30, 2010, when they beat Pacific 42-31 at Baker Stadium. The win also ended a 20-game losing streak on the road that stretches to 2008. Their last road win came Sept. 13, 2008, in a 37-7 victory at Pomona-Pitzer.
The Loggers (1-1) had five takeaways in the game and did not commit a turnover. Jacob Wuesthoff and Connor Savage each picked off a pass in key moments for the Loggers. Savage, Joe Cerne and Hayden Keefe all fell on fumbles.
Foley was 16 of 31 for 233 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for the Loggers’ first score.
La Verne 25, at Whitworth 20
Bryan Peterson’s pass to Dustin Martin as time expired fell incomplete and visiting La Verne held on for a nonconference win at the Pine Bowl in Spokane.
The game was the season opener for the Leopards and La Verne’s first victory over Whitworth in eight all-time meetings. The Pirates fell to 2-1 despite nearly rallying from a 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit.
Peterson completed 20 of 38 passes for a career-high 374 yards with two interceptions and two touchdown runs. But he was sacked seven times for 63 yards in losses. Drew Clausen caught eight passes for 172 yards, and Wade Meyer had seven grabs for 120 yards.
The Leopards dominated the first half, taking a 17-0 lead into the locker rooms and the score difference could have been larger. La Verne outgained Whitworth 260-66 in the opening half and used five sacks to limit the Pirates to minus-20 rushing yards.
Simon Fraser 21, at Central Wash. 14
Ryan Blum took a screen pass from Ryan Stanford on the left sideline and then threw a to a wide open Chris Tolbert for a 27-yard touchdown to break 11-14 tie.
The Clan (2-0) won for the first time at Central Washington (1-2) since 1980, snapping a 12-game losing streak in Ellensburg. The Clan is 3-14 all-time at Central.
“Defensively I felt we played pretty tough,” Simon Fraser coach Dave Johnson said. “Offensively we really ran into a tough defense today. It was apparent it was going to take 60 minutes to get it done.”
At Pacific Lutheran 35, Redlands 14
Dalton Ritchey threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns as the 11th-ranked Lutes (2-0) rolled past Redlands (0-2).
Kyle Warner had five receptions for 137 yards and touchdowns of 41 and 32 yards. Niko Madison rushed for 118 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown.