/seasons/2011/contrib/20110918a8zbqa

Knecht Scores on 67-yard Catch and 80-yard Run, as Willamette Wins 31-9

More news about: Willamette

SALEM, ORE. -- Junior wide receiver Jake Knecht caught four passes for 130 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, and ran 80 yards for another score, as Willamette University defeated in-state rival Southern Oregon University, 31-9, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at McCulloch Stadium. WU forced the Raiders into four turnovers and also blocked a punt.

The all-around effort helped Willamette improve to 1-2 on the season. Southern Oregon dropped to 0-3.

WU quarterback Brian Widing completed 13 of 19 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run.

Neither team scored on its opening possession, but the Bearcats reached the SOU 38-yard line to start the game and punter Mitch Rowan pinned the Raiders at the 6-yard line. Ryan Bourke forced a fumble on third down, and although SOU recovered the ball at the 5-yard line, the Raiders had to punt.

Tyler Crowley's punt went 33 yards, allowing the Bearcats to gain control once again at the SOU 38. Matt Williams ran for 10 yards on the second play and Jamiere Abney gained eight yards two plays later for a 1st-and-10 at the SOU 14.

Another two plays resulted in 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line, but the Raiders kept WU out of the end zone on three consecutive plays. On fourth down, Kyle Derby kicked a 19-yard field goal, giving WU a 3-0 lead with 5:16 left in the first quarter.

On the final play of the opening period, Rowan sent a 43-yard punt from the end zone to the WU 46.

The Raiders switched to a hurry-up offense and Brandon Baldwin ran for 21 yards to start the quarter. Later, on 3rd-and-3 at the WU 19, Marshawn Friloux rushed for four yards. Friloux also carried the ball on the next two plays, gaining seven yards before scoring on an 8-yard scamper with 13:19 left in the half. Crowley kicked the extra point and SOU held a 7-3 lead.

The Raiders' advantage didn't last for long. Tyson Giza returned the kickoff 28 yards to the Willamette 33-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Widing hit Knecht with a 67-yard bomb that put WU back on top. Derby tacked on the PAT for a 10-7 margin.

Crowley provided a big play for Southern Oregon with 4:25 left in the half, when he sent a punt 66 yards to within inches of the WU goal line. After an incomplete pass on first down, Widing was called for intentional grounding while under pressure in the back of the end zone on second down. SOU was awarded a safety, cutting the Bearcats' advantage to 10-9.

With 1:34 remaining in the second quarter, the Willamette special teams gave WU quality field position when Rowan's punt was mishandled by Mike Olson. Wes Wenzel recovered the ball for WU at the Raiders' 45-yard line.

On first down, Widing threw a 44-yard pass to Knecht, who was tackled just outside the goal line. Widing scampered around the right side for a 1-yard touchdown run on the next play. Willamette led 17-9 at halftime.

Neither team added points to the scoreboard in the third quarter.

Even so, SOU lined up for a 37-yard field goal with just over 8:20 left in the quarter. The snap went directly to the kicker, Crowley, who was tackled at the WU 20 by Jaden Roselli and Dominic David.

The next time SOU had the ball, freshman quarterback Austin Dodge fumbled a the Raiders' 39 and Jacob Meza recovered for Willamette. The Bearcats didn't score on the possession, but Rowan sent a punt out of bounds at the SOU 9.

Seven plays later, with 2:22 left in the third period, Crowley's punt was blocked by Cody Pastorino. Pastorino also picked up the ball at the SOU 20 and returned it eight yards.

On third down, Widing was sacked at the 15-yard line and it looked like the Raiders had forced WU to kick a field goal. A dead-ball personal foul against SOU gave the Bearcats a first down at the 7-yard line. Three plays later, on the first snap of the fourth quarter, Widing threw a pass to Turner for a 4-yard touchdown. Derby kicked the extra point, as WU extended its lead to 24-9.

Two passes from Dodge following the kickoff -- a 25-yarder to Patrick Donahue and an 18-yarder to Olson -- moved Southern Oregon to the WU 20-yard line. On second down, Dodge was intercepted in the end zone by David.

Knecht scored on the next play on an 80-yard reverse with 13:27 on the clock. The key block was provided by Widing, who created a lane for Knecht near the numbers. With the extra point, WU led, 31-9.

The Bearcats finished with 421 yards, including 192 rushing yards on 48 carries, plus Widing's 227 yards through the air. Knecht amassed 213 all-purpose yards. Benney Weischedel caught two passes for 56 yards.

Southern Oregon gained 344 yards, with 249 yards in the air, as the Raiders completed 25 of 47 passes. Willamette gave up just 95 rushing yards on 34 carries (2.8 avg.). Baldwin was SOU's top rusher with 13 carries for 69 yards. Olson caught five passes for 87 yards.

Wenzel paced the WU defense with eight tackles, including one of the team's five sacks. Wenzel, Meza and Reed Warner each recovered a fumble for the Bearcats. Harmon Bruno, Cullen Carroll and Roselli each achieved seven tackles.

Three SOU players led the Raiders with 13 tackles apiece. They were Drew Nobles, Michael Springer and RaSjeon Hines. Springer topped all players with 3.0 tackles for losses.

Willamette has an open date next weekend. The Bearcats will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the team's Northwest Conference opener against Linfield College. Kickoff at McCulloch Stadium is set for 4 p.m. (PDT).

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
Frostburg State at Stevenson
Live stats
7:00 PM
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
7:37 PM
Rowan at Widener
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
Live stats
Aug. 31: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Utica at St. Lawrence
7:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Live stats
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
TBA
Brevard at Davidson
TBA
Southern Virginia at Christopher Newport
TBA
Augustana at Coe
TBA
Willamette at Simon Fraser
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live stats
12:00 PM
Morrisville State at Norwich
12:00 PM
Buffalo State at Bridgewater State
Live stats
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
Live stats
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Thomas More at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Misericordia
1:00 PM
Husson at Union
Live stats
1:00 PM
Apprentice at Greensboro
1:00 PM
RPI at Allegheny
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hiram
1:00 PM
Cortland at Fitchburg State
Live stats
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Wittenberg
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Guilford
Live stats
1:00 PM
Gallaudet at Alvernia
1:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Alfred State
Live stats
1:00 PM
Shenandoah at Methodist
Live stats
1:00 PM
Thiel at Alfred
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Hartwick at Wilkes
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Dean at Curry
Live stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live stats
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Carthage
1:00 PM
Grinnell at Lawrence
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
1:30 PM
Wooster at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Albion at Defiance
Live stats
2:00 PM
Wilmington at Earlham
Live stats
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Stevens Point
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
Live stats
2:00 PM
Ripon at Augsburg
2:00 PM
Aurora at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Dubuque
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at St. John's
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Loras
Audio
2:00 PM
Bethel at Simpson
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Bacone at Austin
2:10 PM
Trinity Int'l at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live stats
4:00 PM
La Verne at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Adrian at Ohio Northern
Live stats Audio
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
Live stats
6:00 PM
Capital at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Benedictine at Franklin
6:00 PM
Central at Northwestern (Minn.)
7:00 PM
Geneva at Marietta
7:00 PM
Rochester at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Mount Union
Live stats
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Otterbein
7:00 PM
Olivet at Heidelberg
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rhodes
7:00 PM
Chicago at Washington U.
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Greenville at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
8:00 PM
Denison at Southwestern
8:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
10:00 PM
Pacific at Chapman
Live stats
10:00 PM
George Fox at Redlands
10:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Arizona Christian
Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
Video Box Score Recap Photos