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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT WILLAMETTE
Game No. 3/Away Game No. 2
Sat., Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., McCullough Stadium, Salem, Ore.
Live Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Portland)
Live Stats: livestats.willamette.edu/live/fb/
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video Webcast: livestats.willamette.edu/live/fb/
BOXERS READY FOR FINAL NON-CONFERENCE TUNEUP
The Pacific football team had a little extra time to enjoy their 27-6 road victory over Occidental thanks to a well-positioned bye week. The Boxers return to action this weekend for their final non-conference tuneup of the season, traveling to Salem on Saturday to take on Willamette before launching into the Northwest Conference season on Sept. 29 against Whitworth.
• Pacific picked up the first road victory since the program's 2010 reinstatement, holding Occidental scoreless in the first half while going on to a 27-6 victory.
• Pacific did much of their damage in the Occidental game on the ground, rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns, the best for the Boxers since the 2010 restart. The Boxers also continued to excel in the passing game with quaterback P.J. Minaya throwing for 207 yards and a touchdown.
• The Pacific defense came up big in the victory, finishing with four sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. The Boxers also kept the Tigers out of the end zone on three Occidental fourth quarter possessions inside the 20-yard line.
• Bobby Ladiges led a balanced Pacific rushing attack with 58 yards in 14 carries and a touchdown. Deven McKinney runshed for 33 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
• Moses Villareal-Gomez was named the NWC Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week thanks to making field goals from 32 and 37 yards and going 3 for 3 on point-after attempts. He enters the week tied for 19th among Division III players with his average of one field goal per game.
• Defensive lineman Landon Aano was responsible for three of the Boxers' four sacks against Occidental. Aano enters the week ranked in a tie for 10th among all NCAA Division III players with an average of 1.5 sacks per game.
• Josh Brinkworth led the Boxers for the second straight game with his nine tackles against Occidental. He enters the week ranked in tied for 89th among NCAA Division III players with his 10 tackles per game.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - WILLAMETTE BEARCATS
Location: Salem, Ore.
Colors: Cardinal & Old Gold
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: McCullough Stadium (2,600, covered, FieldTurf)
President: Stephen S. Thorsett
Athletic Director: David Rigsby
Head Coach: Glen Fowles
Fowles' Record At Willamette: First Season
Fowles' Record Overall: First Season
All-Time Series: Willamette leads 51-25-5
Last Meeting: Willamette won 49-7 at Salem, Ore., on Oct. 8, 2011
ABOUT THE COACH: Glen Fowles took over as Willamette head coach last spring after the depature of longtime head coach Mark Speckman. Fowles in his 17th season on the Willamette coaching staff, which includes serving the last 14 seasons as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Willamette averaged at least 200 yards rushing per game in 13 of the 14 years Fowles served as head coach and the Bearcats ranked in the top-20 in NCAA Division III 12 times. A native of Canada, Fowles also played two seasons as an offensive lineman for the Bearcats after two seasons at College of the Siskiyous.
THE SERIES: Willamette leads the all-time series 51-25-5.
LAST MEETING - WILLAMETTE 49, PACIFIC 7: Willamette used its impressive running game to rack up 464 yards of total offense and converted three Pacific touchdowns into scores in the 49-7 win over the Boxers. The Bearcats saw 16 players earn credit for rushes, combining for 295 yards on the ground. Four different Willamette rushers scored touchdowns. The Willamette defense came up big with three interceptions, all of which resulted in Bearcats' touchdowns. P.J. Minaya led Pacific's 266-yard passing attack, coming off the bench to complete 13 of 18 passes for 167 yards and the Boxers' only touchdown. Jordan Fukumoto finished with 114 yards receiving on four catches. Gunther Schultze had 21 yards on five carries to lead the rushing attack. Jamiere Abney led the Willamette rushing attack with 59 yards on five carries, Brian Widing completed 7 of 16 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns
• After years of being a run dominant squad under Mark Speckman's patented fly offense, Willamette is emerging in 2012 to be a pass team. The Bearcats enter the week leading the NWC in passing offense (386.5 yards per game), total offense (570 yards per game), scoring offense (48) and passing efficiency (166.92).
• Josh Dean is leading the Willamette passing attack, averaging 387.0 yards per game in the two games. Receiver Jake Turner is averaging 154 yards per game with a total of 308 yards on 16 catches.
• Even with the passing presence, the Bearcats are still very much a threat on the ground. Willamette is averaging 183.5 yards per game rushing, with Dylan Jones averaging 94 yards per game over two games.
• Saturday's game is the first of two meetings this season between the Boxers and Bearcats. Saturday's game is a non-conference contest. The two teams will play their Northwest Conference game at Pacific on Sat., Nov. 3.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
PERFECT WEEK, PERFECT HONOR: After struggling in the Boxers' first game of the season, Moses Villareal-Gomez (So., Stockton, Calif.) turned his game around to help Pacific earn the 27-6 win at Occidental. For his efforts, Villareal-Gomez was selected as the NWC Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 3-9. Villareal-Gomez hit a 37-yard field goal to close out the first half and give Pacific a 17-0 halftime lead. He then opened the second half by kicking a 32-yard field goal. He also went 3 for 3 on point after attempts. An Honorable Mention All-NWC selection in 2011 as a freshman, Villareal-Gomez enters the week tied for third in the NWC with his two field goals made and is tied for 19th among NCAA Division III kickers with his average of one field goal per game.
COMING INTO HIS OWN: For the first time in his Pacific career, P.J. Minaya (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) came into a game without competition from T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) for the starting job. Minaya earned the start at Occidental thanks in part to Campbell's season ending injury against Simon Fraser on Aug. 30, and performed well. Minaya finished completing 17 of 31 passes with 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His ledger included a 46-yard touchdown strike to Darin Kamealoha (So., Waipahu, Hawaii) that closed scoring in the fourth quarter. It was his first start since an ill-fated start against Linfield on Oct. 16, 2010, where he was knocked out of his freshman season with an injury three plays into the game. Minaya enters the week ranked sixth in the NWC with his 157.5 passing yards per game and is ranked fourth with a 56.2 completion percentage.
SACK MAN: The Pacific defense played a big role in the 27-6 victory over Occidental, and Landon Aano (Jr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) came up with some big stops. The defensive lineman finished with three sacks as the Boxers finished with four for the contest. His last sack stunted the first of three failed Occidental drives that stalled in the red zone. Aano enters the week leading the NWC with his three sacks and is tied for 10th among all NCAA Division III players with 1.5 sacks per game. He is tied for fourth for the Boxers with nine tackles and lead the team and is tied for third in the NWC with his four tackles for loss. His average of two tackles for loss per game is tied for 35th among NCAA Division III players.
ADD DEFENSE: The contributions of the Pacific defense to the Boxers' 27-6 victory over Occidental on Sept. 8 cannot be overstated. Despite just edging out the Tigers in total offense, 356 to 325, the Boxers held the Tigers scoreless in the first half and limited the ground game to a net of -4 yards. That was just short of the Pacific single game record of -10 yards set against Willamette in 1969. The defensive strength included holding Occidental without a score on three straight drives in the fourth quarter, all of which ended in the red zone. Josh Brinkworth (So., Elk Grove, Calif.) led the Boxers in tackles for the second straight game with nine tackles while Gabe Flory (Jr., Davis, Calif.) finished with six tackles. On the day, the Pacific defense came up with 61 tackles, four sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles (one recovered) and two interceptions. The Pacific defense enters the week having allowed 123 rushing yards per game, ranking 86th among NCAA Division III teams.
MEN ON THE RUN: Much of the offensive credit for the road win at Occidental can be taken by the team's rushing corps. The Boxers had eight players rush the ball for a net of 149 yards, the most in a single game since the program was reinstated for the 2010 season. Bobby Ladiges (So., Escalon, Calif.) led the way, rushing 14 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Deven McKinney (So., Spanaway, Wash.) added eight carries for 34 yards and a touchdown while Jon Dober (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) had the longest rush of the day for 21 yards in the first quarter. Pacific enters the week averaging 189 rushing yards per game in the two games. That total ranks second in the NWC.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Pacific's road victory at Occidental was a long time in coming. Not only was it the first road win for the reinistated Pacific program, but it the first road win for the Boxers since Oct. 20, 1990. That Saturday, the Boxers were 24-17 winners over Western Oregon at McArthur Field in Monmouth. The next week, on Oct. 27, 1990, the Boxers battled Lewis & Clark to 22-22 tie in Portland. Pacific went 0-9 in the 1991 season before the program was discontinued.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: Pacific hopes that they can keep their offense clicking well as they enter their game with Willamette on Saturday. The Boxers enter the week ranked fourth in the NWC with 276 passing yards per game, which also ranks 38th in NCAA Division III. The Boxers are averaging 370.5 yards in total offense per game, ranking 88th among all Division III teams. In addition, the Boxers enter the week ranked 77th among Division III team with a pass efficency rating of 134.26.
ADD NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to their offensive numbers, Pacific is ranked 49th among NCAA Division III teams in punt returns (11.5 yards per return), 81st in sacks allowed (1.5 per game), 83rd in tackles for loss (7.00 per game), 86th in rushing defense (123 yards allowed per game) and tied for 93rd in sacks with an average of two per game.
Among others in the individual rankings, the injured Jordan Fukumoto (So., Mililani, Hawaii) is tied for 89th with his averaged of 81.5 yards per game. Sean Bangs (Jr., Portland, Ore.) and Jaquari People (Fr., Merced, Calif.) are tied for 93rd in interceptions with an average 0.5 per game. Both players had their interceptions against Occidental. The NCAA Division III statistics are updated weekly by Monday and can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/V5rq48.
INJURY REPORT: Quarterback T.C. Campbell was lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered against Simon Fraser on Aug. 30...Linebacker Chris Santiago (So., Waipahu, Hawaii) was lost for the season against Simon Fraser on Aug. 30 with a torn ACL...First Team All-NWC receiver Jordan Fukumoto was lost for the season in the Sept. 8 Occidental game with a broken leg.
LOCAL TIES: The Pacific roster in 2012 features four 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 for the third consecutive year. Gietzen native spent a year at Portland State (did not play football) before returning to The Grove. Jon Dober and Lee Holscher also made the decision to attend and play for Pacific after careers at Forest Grove. David Carr is in his first season for the Boxers and is the first player in the new era of the program from Gaston High School.
SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2012 Pacific football season preview can be read at http://www.goboxers.com/sports/2012/8/24/FB_0824123030.aspx?tab=football&path=football.
KUIK PICKS UP REMAINING FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: For the third straight season, the bulk of the Pacific football season will be aired in the Portland area on 1360 AM KUIK. In addition, a live audio webcast will also be available for all nine football games and a video webcast will be available for the four home Pacific games. The audio webcast is offered free of charge, video webcast will be available for $10 per game. The webcasts are available a link at www.goboxers.com.
Matt Richert returns for his third season as the play-by-play voice for Pacific football. A 20-year broadcast veteran, Richert also works as one of the prep play-by-play voices for KUIK. He has also lent his voice to a number of OSAA Radio Network state championship broadcasts. Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis. Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.
BOXERS PICKED SIXTH IN NWC PRESEASON POLL: Pacific is picked to repeat their sixth place finish according to the preseason coaches poll released in August. The Boxers received 15 of a possible 49 votes in the poll. Pacific is picked just two points behind fifth place Willamette (17) and four points behind fourth place Lewis & Clark (19). Puget Sound is picked behind the Boxers in seventh, receiving six points. Linfield is picked to win their fourth consecutive NWC title, picking up six of seven first place votes for 42 points. Pacific Lutheran is picked second with 29 points and Whitworth third with 26 points, including one first place vote.