No. 2 Linfield shuts down Pacific Lutheran 29-0
Second-ranked Linfield scored 22 points in the fourth quarter for a 29-0 shutout of 11th-ranked Pacific Lutheran in the Northwest Conference opener for both clubs in McMinnville, Ore., Saturday afternoon.
Linfield’s Kyle Wright made six tackles and intercepted a pass, captaining a defense that produced five takeaways and four sacks while limiting the Lutes to 216 yards.
The Lutes (3-1, 0-1 NWC) managed just 40 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Pacific Lutheran quarterback Dalton Ritchey was 14 of 33 for 176 yards, but was intercepted four times.
Tailback Josh Hill rushed for three short touchdowns and quarterback Josh Yoder ran for 67 yards and passed 200 more to pace the Wildcats (4-0).
Ritchey finished a tough day, taking four sacks to total minus-5 rushing yards on 11 carries. The rushing yards and turnover margin marked the two biggest differences between the teams in the game, as Linfield outrushed PLU 194-40 and forced five turnovers while committing none.
The defensive battle carried through to the middle of the third quarter, as each defense forced three punts. Linfield’s longest drive of the game came at the end of the first quarter, as the Wildcats moved 77 yards down the field to take a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard run by Hill.
Pacific Lutheran followed Linfield’s score with its longest drive of the game, marching 51 yards on 12 plays before a fourth-and-15 pass attempt from the Linfield 24-yard line to Warner fell incomplete. The Lutes had another chance to tie it in the third quarter, advancing to the Wildcats 8-yard line before a fourth-down sack gave the ball back to Linfield.
At Eastern Washington 41, Weber State 19
Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Eastern Washington rolled to a win over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference game.
Adams had three scoring throws and a rushing touchdown in the first half as the Eagles (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) opened up a 27-12 lead. Freshman Cooper Kupp had the first two scores, covering 50 and 27 yards, giving him nine touchdowns among 22 catches this season. Adams found Ashton Clark for a 14-yard TD reception for the third.
Demitrius Bronson scored on a 9-yard run and Adams hit Mario Brown for 6 yards in the third quarter when the Eagles outgained the Wildcats (1-5, 0-2) 165-14. EWU had a 493-249 advantage in total offense, including 279 on the ground as four different backs had at least 40 yards, led by Brown’s 98 on 10 carries.
Central Washington 21, at Humboldt State 13
Jordan Todd rushed for 127 yards, including the go-ahead 40-yard touchdown to lead the Wildcats (3-2) past the Lumberjacks (0-5).
Central’s Jake Nelson also threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Zalk.
Pacific 31, at Whitworth 21
Pacific rebounded from a 14-0 early deficit, improving to 4-0 for the first time since 1950 with a victory over the Pirates in the NWC opener. Bryan Peterson threw two touchdown passes for the Pirates (2-3). Peterson connected with Devon Lind from 10 yards and Alfonso Miranda from 9. DJ Tripoli gained 99 yards rushing on 21 carries.
At Lewis & Clark 60, Puget Sound 30
Braden Foley threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns, two to Bryson Calma, but the Loggers (1-2) were doubled up by Lewis & Clark (1-3).
Connor Savage returned the second half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown for Puget Sound.
Calma had nine receptions for 126 yards.
For the Loggers, Sawyer Petre made a 51-yard field goal to set the school record. Mark Conrad, who now coaches Puget Sound kickers, held the previous mark at 49 yards in 1972.