Pacific Lutheran edges Pacific on field goal in final seconds
Seattle Times news services
Third time’s the charm. That was the story for kicker Nick Kaylor and the 17th-ranked Pacific Lutheran football team Saturday, as Kaylor shook off a pair of fourth-quarter field goal misses to kick the winning 20-yarder to give PLU a 17-16 victory over previously undefeated Pacific.
Pacific Lutheran improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Northwest Conference play. Pacific took its first loss to match PLU’s 5-1 overall and 2-1 conference marks after the Boxers won their first five games of the season for the first time in program history.
“We had a really hard-fought game today against Pacific,” Kaylor said. “The entire team battled their hearts out and absolutely played amazing. Fortunately it came down to that field goal situation, but I would have had no way to get into that position without my team.”
The chances seemed slim for PLU after two missed field goals in the fourth quarter. The Lutes got the ball back with 53 seconds remaining.
Quarterback Dalton Ritchey completed all four of his pass attempts as the Lutes made their way to the Pacific 3 with five seconds left in the game and Kaylor made good on his third field-goal try.
Ritchey had 269 yards passing, completing 22 of 31 pass attempts. Kellen Westering led PLU with 86 yards on six catches and Kyle Warner grabbed six passes for 62 yards.
At Eastern Wash. 34, Southern Utah 10
Vernon Adams threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Washington pulled away to defeat Southern Utah in a Big Sky Conference matchup.
The Eagles (5-2, 3-0 Big Sky) led early following a Samson Ebukam 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. Adams hit Ashton Clark for a 12-yard score to lead 14-3 at half.
Adams tossed two more touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 31-yarder to Kendrick Bourne and a 52-yard strike to Cooper Kupp.
Mario Brown had an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth to fuel the rout.
Adams was 25 for 35 with an interception. He added 58 yards on the ground. Kupp finished with 11 receptions for 168 yards.The Redbirds (5-3, 2-2) got their lone touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter when Mike Sharp found C.J. Morgan for a 29-yard score.Aaron Kantu was 20 of 31 with 179 yards and three interceptions.
Case Western Reserve 38, at Puget Sound 31
Puget Sound nearly rallied from 21 points down against the Spartans at Baker Stadium.
The Loggers scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes. The Spartans scored a touchdown with 3:20 left in the game to take a commanding 38-17 lead over Puget Sound. Braden Foley threw a 44-yard TD pass to Parker Brisebois as the Loggers got to 38-24 with 1:54 remaining.
The Loggers recovered an onside kick and Foley threw another TD pass to Kevin Miller.
Swayer Petre’s second onside kick rolled out of bounds, allowing Case Western to kneel twice and escape with a victory.
Central Washington 54, at Simon Fraser 14
Jordan Todd ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns as Central Washington (5-1, 5-1) overwhelmed Simon Fraser (2-4, 2-4) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game.
The Wildcats scored on Jesse Zalk’s 75-yard kickoff return, Isaiah Davis returned a punt 59 yards and the Wildcats also scored on a fake punt in winning their fourth straight game. Central also avenged a 21-14 loss to the Clan in Ellensburg last month.
Linfield 51, at Whitworth 17
Linfield (5-0, 2-0) scored the first 31 points on the way to a convincing Northwest Conference victory, assuring the second-ranked Wildcats of extending their own national all-divisions record to 58 straight winning seasons.
Reserve tailback John Shaffer rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown for Linfield.
Whitworth (2-5, 0-3) dropped its fifth consecutive game.
Yet the Pirates nearly made a game of it with a second-quarter surge fueled by freshman quarterback Ian Kolste, who passed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.