PACIFIC AT WHITWORTH
Game No. 7/Away Game No. 3
Sat., Oct. 22, 1:00 p.m., Pine Bowl, Spokane, Wash.
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video: SWX (Spokane cable) or mms://media.whitworth.edu/events
Live Stats: www.whitworth.edu/athletics/teams/football/statistics/livestats/xlive.htm
BOXERS MAKE FIRST TRIP TO SPOKANE IN 21 YEARS
For the first time since 1990, the Pacific football team will make the long Northwest Conference trip to eastern Washington. The Boxers take the buses east to Spokane, Wash., to take on Whitworth on Saturday at 1 p.m. Pacific is looking forward to a potentially competitive game after failing to score double figures in their last two games against Willamette and Linfield.
• Pacific dominated time of possession against Linfield, holding onto the ball for 39 minutes. But the No. 5 Wildcats racked up 477 yards of total offense and used a pair of big special teams plays to beat the Boxers 49-6.
• Pacific finished with 228 yards of total offense, their lowest since gaining only 226 yards against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 17. Pacific passed for 233 yards with T.C. Campbell completing 12 of 24 passes for 129 yards. P.J. Minaya completed 6 of 10 passes for 107 yards.
• Jordan Fukumoto provided one of the few bright spots for the Pacific offense vs. Linfield, making five catches for 82 yards to lead 10 Pacific players who made receptions. Fukumoto enters the week ranked second in the NWC with 100.3 yards per game and is tied for first with six receiving touchdowns.
• Moses Villareal-Gomez had all of the Boxers' scoring against Linfield, converting field goals from 22 yards and 37 yards. It is his first game with multiple field goals and his first converted field goal since the Sept. 17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps game.
• Pacific continues to rank among the national leaders in terms of passing offense. The Boxers rank 24th in passing with an average of 279.50 yards per game. Pacific ranks 73rd in passing efficiency with a rating of 133.31.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - WHITWORTH PIRATES
Location: Spokane, Wash.
Colors: Crimson & Black
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Pine Bowl (2,220, uncovered, FieldTurf)
President: Dr. Beck Taylor
Athletic Director: Aaron Leetch
Head Coach: John Tully (Azusa Pacific 1975)
Tully's Record At Whitworth: 85-86/16 Years
Tully's Record Overall: 116-89/21 Years
All-Time Series: Whitworth leads 17-2-1
Last Meeting: Whitworth won 24-12 at Forest Grove on Oct. 23, 2010
ABOUT THE COACH: John Tully enters his 17th year coaching at Whitworth and is the winningest and longest tenured coach in the history of the program. He had led the Pirates to a 71-35 record over his last 11 years at Whitworth. In that time, Tully has led the Pirates to three Northwest Conference titles and two NCAA Division III playoff appearances. He has also earned three NWC Coach of the Year awards. In 2006, Tully mentored the Bucs to a perfect 10-0 regular season record before finishing 11-1 while reaching the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Prior to his arrival at Whitworth in 1995, he served as head coach at Eureka College for five years.
THE SERIES: Whitworth leads the all-time series 17-2-1. The Pirates won the last meeting, 24-12, in Forest Grove on Oct. 23, 2010.
LAST MEETING: WHITWORTH 24, PACIFIC 12: Pacific put together one of the most complete performances of their first season back on the gridiron in a homecoming loss to the Pirates. The Pirates took advantage of turnovers for the win as they converted four interceptions into two touchdowns. Whitworth finished with 368 yards of total offense, including 223 yards on the ground. Pacific finished with 171 yards of offense, 138 of those coming in the air. T.C. Campbell completed 15 of 25 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, but was picked three times. Whitworth quarterback Taylor Egret completed 9 of 14 passes for 105 yards. Anthony Lessier rushed 15 times for 79 yards and rwo touchdowns. Dale Entel caught 12 balls for 139 yards.
• Whitworth fell to a rapidly rising Lewis & Clark team for the first time in 12 games Saturday, losing 30-22 in Portland. The Pirates could not overcome a 17-point L&C third quarter lead after opening the game with a 7-0 advantage. Whitworth outgained the Pioneers 410-343.
• Wide receiver Jake DeGooyer finished with 219 all-purpose yards, which included catching 12 passes for 149 yards, 41 yards rushing and three punt returns for 29 yards. DeGooyer leads the Pirates in receiving, averaging 87.7 yards per game and 13.5 yards per catch.
• Bryan Peterson enters the game having completed 74 of 108 passes for 878 yards and seven touchdowns. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown against the Pioneers. Peterson's effectiveness has been hindered by some blocking difficulities with the Pirates' offensive line giving up 34 sacks on the year for a loss of 205 yards.
• Ronnie Thomas ranks second in the NWC in rushing with 499 yards and an average of 83.2 yards per game, but was limited to 46 yards against Lewis & Clark.
• As a team, Whitworth is averaging 316.5 yards of total offense per game. They do most of their damage in the passing game, averaging 202.2 yards per contest. The Pirates have also been heavily penalized, being flagged 43 times for 371 yards.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
STAYING STEADY: In a game where there were few offensive hihglights, Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) provided some great catches and further made the case for a First Team All-NWC bid at the end of the year. Fukumoto finished with five catches against Linfield on Saturday for 82 yards and also had one rush for nine yards. His tally included a long 47-yard completion from P.J. Minaya (So., Wahiawa, Hawaii) on the Boxers' second drive of the third quarter. Fukumoto continues to provide some dynamic play for the Boxers at the wide receiver position. He enters the week ranked second in the NWC and 27th among NCAA Division III players with 100.3 yards receiving per game. He is also tied for 77th in the national ranking with 5.5 catches per contest. In the conference stats, Fukumoto enters the week tied with Puget Sound's Adam Kniffin with six receiving touchdowns. He is also second with 602 receiving yards and fifth with 33 receptions.
ALL-PURPOSE MAN: Gunther Schultze (So., Bellflower, Calif.) once again found himself in the starting lineup for Pacific at running back and made contributions both on the ground and in the air. Schultze finished the day with 92 yards of all-purpose offense. He had 12 rushes for 29 yards, wich led the Boxers, and also caught two balls for 63 yards. On one of those catches, Schultze went 45 yards on a pass from T.C. Campbell (So., Kaimuki, Hawaii) that moved Pacific into Linfield territory for the first time that day.
CAMPBELL STAYING STRONG: T.C. Campbell continues to truck along as he leads one of the top passing offenses in the nation. Campbell finished the day against Linfield completing 12 of 24 passes for 129 yards. It was the second lowest passing total of the year for Campbell against one of the top defenses in the nation. Despite the low total, Campbell continues to rank as one of the most effective quarterbacks in the conference. He enters the week ranked second in the NWC in pass completion (95), pass attempts (160) and passing yards (1,302), is fourth in passing touchdowns (8) and fifth in passing yards per game (217.0). Campbell is also ranked 67th among all NCAA Division III quarterbacks with an efficienct rating of 136.73 and is 94th in total offense with an average 210.6 yards per game.
KICK STAND: Field goals have been few and far in between for the Boxers, but Moses Villareal-Gomez (So., Stockton, Calif.) came through when the Boxers needed him against Linfield. Villareal-Gomez connected on a pair of first half field goals which accounted for all of Pacific's scoring on the day. He connected on a season-long 37-yarder at the 2:32 mark of the first quarter and then connected on a 22-yard kick with 9:48 to go in the second quarter. The field goals were the first for the freshman since he connected on a 20-yarder against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sept. 17.
A HASTIE DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Tim Hastie (So., Auberry, Calif.) was the Boxers' top defensive player on Saturday, registering a total of nine tackles for the Boxers and one tackle for loss for four yards. Hastie enters the week ranked No. 2 for the Boxers in tackles with 36 and leads the team with five tackles for loss. He is ranked in a tie for eighth in the NWC with 19 assisted tackles and is tied for seventh in tackles for loss. Teammate Bryan Mills (So., Imbler, Ore.) leads the team with 37 tackles and a forced fumble.
A TOP PASSING OFFENSE: Pacific continues to have one of the top passing offenses in the NWC and in the nation at the Division III level. The Boxers enter the week averaging 279.5 passing yards per game. That is second in the NWC (behind the 326 yards per game of Puget Sound) and also ranks 24th among NCAA Division III programs. The Boxers rank 73rd in Division III in pass efficiency, with four quarterbacks combining for a rating of 133.31. The NCAA Division III national statistics are updated every Tuesday and can be seen at www.ncaa.com/stats/football/d3.
SPORTSCENTER'S TOP PLAY: The fact that Pacific lost to Lewis & Clark on Oct. 1 may be remembered by few after a head's up special teams play by starting safety Bryan Mills was given national attention by ESPN. After the Pioneers' opening touchdown with 12:11 left in the first quarter, Devin Lagorio (So., Stockton, Calif.) blocked Simon Monley's extra point attempt. A Lewis & Clark player, thinking that the play was over, tossed the ball towards referees standing at the goal line. Mills, who may have been the only player on the field who knew the play had not been blown dead, picked up the ball and darted down the Pacific sideline, breaking three tackles and eventually going 100 yards for a rare defensive two-point conversion.
The video of the play was named the Play of the Day by ESPN's SportsCenter on Oct. 1, receiving mutiple plays on the network's anchor show over the weekend as well as SportsNation (anchored that day by former Portland sportscaster Colin Cowherd), and appeared locally on KGW Newshcannel 8 and KATU. The play was also selected by D3Football.com as their Play of the Week, marking the second time in as many years that the Division III football site has highlighted the Boxers. The play was also featured on a number of prominent websites, including CBS News, Larry Brown Sports, Awful Announcing.com and the Huffington Post. Since then, the video clip has received over 226,000 hits (as of 10/10/2011) on Pacific's YouTube site and has shown up on multiple Internet sports blogs. To view Mills' head's up play, please visit http://youtu.be/tCL-QxQJTuI.
WHAT A CATCH: Pacific's lone scoring highlight in their Sept. 18 game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is one that puts Jordan Fukumoto into the record book for a second time. Fukumoto caught an 87-yard touchdown pass from T.C. Campbell with 10:32 left in the third quarter, which accounted for the Boxers' only touchdown of the game. The strike ranks as the second longest pass play in school history. The only longer play was a 95-yard pass from Pacific Hall of Fame quarterback Ralph Nickerson to Jim Wills in a game against Eastern Oregon during the 1973 season. Fukumoto now has a part of two of the top-three passing plays in school history. Last year, Fukumoto hooked up with quarterback P.J. Minaya on the Boxers' first play from scrimmage against Linfield for a 79-yard touchdown pass. That play is third longest in school history.
AN UNUSUAL TRADE OF SAFETIES: Two safeties in a game is rare enough, but to have two safeties in the same game awarded because of penalties is even rarer. Pacific was awarded their first safety of the season in the second quarter against Menlo on Sept. 10 when quarterback Matt Pelasasa was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. The two points put Pacific ahead 9-0. Pacific was then flagged for a safety in the third quarter when they were called for holding in the end zone with the Boxers starting a drive on their own 1-yard line. Since the program was reinstated in 2010, the Boxers have been involved in four safeties. Ironically, all four were against Menlo. Saturday's safety scored by Pacific is the first since the reinstatement of the program.
BREAKING THE SKID: Pacific continues to look for the right combination needed to break a rather long beaten streak. The Boxers enter Saturday's game with Whitworth having lost their last 24 games, which dates back to the 1991 season, the final year of the original program. Pacific's last victory on the gridiron came on Nov. 10, 1990, when the Boxers beat Oregon Tech 15-14 on the old McCready Field. Pacific's current losing streak is nowhere near the record of 30 consecutive losses, which was set between the 1979 and 1982 seasons.
LOCAL TIES: The Pacific roster in 2011 features three players with ties to the three high schools in the Forest Grove area. Offensive lineman Eric Gietzen, a 2010 graduate of Forest Grove High School, reprises a starting role at guard. The Fargo, N.D., native spent a year at Portland State (did not play football) before returning to The Grove. Brandon Carow (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) comes to Pacific after four years of Forest Grove High School, two of those seasons playing for current Pacific running backs coach Mike McCabe. Carow is competing for a role as the Boxers' kicker. Carow is in competition with Austin Shulund (Fr., Banks, Ore.), who played the same role, as well as punter, kicker and tight end, at Banks High School. Of the 137 players on the Pacific roster, 30 of them hail from the Portland area, northwest Oregon or the Willamette Valley.
HAWAII TIES: Not surprisingly, the Pacific roster has quite a Hawaii flavor to it. A total of 32 players on the team hail from the Islands, right in line with the over 25 percent of students from Hawaii present in Pacific's undergraduate student body. Of those 32 players, 15 are new recruits to the Pacific program.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2011 Pacific football season preview can be read at http://www.goboxers.com/news/2011/8/27/FB_0827113717.aspx?path=football.
PACIFIC TO BROADCAST ALL NINE GAMES: All nine Pacific football games will be broadcast both on the radio and online. AM 1360 KUIK (Hillsboro) will air all nine games live with pregame beginning 15 minutes prior to kickoff. For those outside of the Portland area, a live audio webcast will also be available at goboxers.com/webcasts. In addition, a video webcast will be available for all five home Pacific games. The video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert returns for his second season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert most recently worked as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK-AM in Hillsboro. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts. He also works as Pacific's assistant sports information director. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
BOXERS PICKED SEVENTH IN THE NWC: Northwest Conference coaches have picked Pacific to finish seventh in the annual coaches preseason poll conducted in August. The Boxers received seven votes in the poll after going 0-9 in their 2010 return to the gridiron. Linfield was picked as the odds-on favorite to win the conference again in 2011, receiving five of seven first place votes for a total of 40 points. Willamette was picked second with 34 points, gaining two first place votes. Pacific Lutheran was picked third (26 pts.), followed by Lewis & Clark (16), Puget Sound (11) and Pacific (7).