/seasons/2011/contrib/201109241xu3fi

Kniffin Breaks 42-Year Old Record In Loggers Loss At Whittier

More news about: Puget Sound

WHITTIER, Calif. – Junior WR Adam Kniffin hauled in three touchdown catches to become the all-time leader in Logger history, but the Puget Sound football team lost 66-48 at Whittier on Saturday. Kniffin caught TD passes of 79, 50 and 25 yards to run his career total to 22 TD catches, breaking a 42-year old record previously held by Dan Thurston.

Thurston, a Logger Hall-of-Famer, grabbed 21 TD catches from 1966-69 and held the record until Kniffin's fourth quarter catch today.

"We're obviously excited for Kniffin's record but I think he would agree that we would trade the record for a win right now," said head coach Jeff Thomas. "He has really added some speed this year that he didn't have last year that has made him a more complete receiver."

After Kimble Tillman scored on a one-yard run on Whittier's (1-1) first possession, the Loggers (0-3) rattled off 14 quick points to take their only lead of the game. Kupono Park ran for his first of two touchdowns on the day to tie the game at 7-7.

Connor Savage stepped in front of a Chris Lopez pass for his first career interception and the Logger offense responded. On the second play of the drive, George Ka'ai found Kniffin for a 79-yard TD strike – the longest score of each of the Loggers' career.

Down 14-7, Lopez took over for the Poets. Lopez found Makale Ruiz for touchdowns of 58 and 19 yards to regain a 21-14 advantage for the Poets. Lopez ended the game on 28-of-39 passing for 456 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw an early interception. Lopez also found a way to make plays happen on the ground as he rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

After Whittier took the 21-14 advantage, they would never relinquish the lead and pulled away late in the third quarter.

The Loggers immediately responded after going down seven points when Tieler Souza took the ensuing kickoff 93-yards for a Logger touchdown, but the Loggers missed the extra point. Souza's return was the longest of his career and the first logger kick return for a touchdown since Isaac Blum returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown against Lewis & Clark on Oct. 21, 2006.

"The benchmark is to never give up and have mental toughness," added Thomas. "We just came up short in finishing crucial plays today on both offense and defense."

Whittier scored three more times before the half and Ka'ai found Ryan Rogers in the end zone late in the second quarter as Whittier took a 42-27 lead into the half.

Park found the end zone again to start the second half scoring and bring the Loggers within eight at 42-34. Lopez hit Tillman for an 84-yard touchdown to go back up by 15 points and Ka'ai found Kniffin for a 50-yard touchdown pass on the next drive to bring the Loggers back within striking distance at 49-41.

The Poets rattled off 10 straight points before Kniffin's record-breaking 25-yard TD grab and Tillman padded the Poets lead to 66-49 on a three-yard TD run for the final tally.

Kniffin ended the game just six yards shy of another record as he tallied 216 receiving yards. Mike Bos holds the record with 222 yards against Carroll College in 1982. Ka'ai threw for 393 yards and four TDs but threw a pairs of INTs as well.  Park rushed for a season-high 67 yards for the Loggers. Tillman ran for 60 yards and caught nine passes for 156 yards to lead a trio of Poets receivers with over-100 yards receiving. The Poets outgained the Loggers 651-456 yards in the game.

There were five touchdown plays of 50 yards or more in the game as big plays continued throughout the game.

Cody Petro-Sakuma had a career-high 13 tackles to lead the Loggers while Casey Coberly had 10 tackles, including three sacks.

The Loggers remain on the road next week when they travel just across town to face Pacific Lutheran at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Wash.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Framingham State
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Juniata
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Becker at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Salisbury at TCNJ
Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
MIT at Catholic
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Maine Maritime
Video Preview
12:00 PM
Endicott at Hobart
Video Video Preview Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Nichols at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Widener at Albright
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Montclair State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Bowdoin
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Williams at Colby
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Amherst at Hamilton
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Moravian
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bates
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Brevard at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Geneva at Thiel
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Southern Virginia
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Lycoming at King's
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Husson at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at DePauw
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Allegheny at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Ferrum
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Gettysburg at McDaniel
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Buffalo State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Northwestern (Minn.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Crown at Eureka
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Northern
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Defiance at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Marietta
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Franklin at Bluffton
Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Anderson at Hanover
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Manchester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Worcester State at Westfield State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Coast Guard at Norwich
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Preview Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Greenville at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chapman at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
Video Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Washington U. at Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Carleton
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Central
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Simpson at Coe
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Grinnell
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Ripon at Knox
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
Video
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Macalester
Video Live stats
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
WPI at Springfield
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Beloit at Cornell
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Hartwick
Audio
4:00 PM
Carroll at UW-La Crosse
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
Live stats Preview Audio Preview Video Preview
5:00 PM
Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
5:00 PM
Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Tufts at Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
6:00 PM
Methodist at Averett
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Centre at Berry
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
Lake Forest at Lawrence
Video Video
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Grove City
Box Score Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Carthage at Augustana
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Chicago at Illinois College
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
McMurry at Sul Ross State
Audio
7:30 PM
Capital at Wilmington
Video Preview Live stats
8:00 PM
Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Arizona Christian at Whittier
Video Live stats
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Delaware Valley
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at William Paterson
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Rochester at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Rowan
Video Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio Audio
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Heidelberg
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Kenyon
Video Preview Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wabash
Video Video Live stats Tickets
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
St. John's at St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio Audio