Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
PACIFIC AT LEWIS & CLARK
Game No. 7/Away Game No. 4
Sat., Oct. 27, 1:45 p.m., Griswold Stadium, Portland, Ore.
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Portland, Live)
Live Audio Webcast: www.goboxers.com/webcasts
Live Video Webcast: client.stretchinternet.com/client/lclark.portal
BOXERS BEGIN FINAL STRETCH AGAINST CRAFTY L&C SQUAD
The Pacific football team enjoyed a well-placed bye week after taking a 41-23 home loss to Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 13. The final three weeks of the season begins with the first of two road games as the Boxers travel to Portland to face Lewis & Clark. The Pioneers are reeling, having lost three straight games after having won four straight to open the 2012 season.
• Pacific Lutheran limited Pacific to just two first half points, which was enough to hold off a 21-point fourth quarter rally by the Boxers in a 41-23 Lutes' victory on Sat., Oct. 13.
• Jakob Lawrence led Pacific's scoring in the game, finding the end zone on a pair of short scoring passes from P.J. Minaya in the fourth quarter. Caleb Roher was on the receiving end of the Boxers' other touchdown pass.
• P.J. Minaya finished the game with a season-high 32 of 45 passes completed for a season high 342 yards and three touchdowns. The junior was also intercepted three times, all of which led to PLU touchdowns.
• Craig Bailey came up with the Boxers' second defensive two-point converstion in as many years, running back a blocked kick by Devin Lagorio for the Boxers' only first half score. Unfortunately, unlike last year's defensive two-point conversion, the clip did not show up on ESPN's SportsCenter.
• P.J. Minaya is on pace to blow away the Pacific single season record for completion percentage. Minaya enters the week having completed 67.4 percent of his passes, well above the record of 59.4 set last year by T.C. Campbell.
• Kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez already has a record under his belt this season, setting the single game mark with eight point-after attempts made against Puget Sound on Oct. 6. The sophomore has made 20 PATs this season, putting him on pace to break the single season record of 25 set by Cub Shulund in 1986.
• Pacific will need their rushing defense to come up big in order to stop the Pioneers on Saturday. The Boxers enter the week with the 41st best rushing defense in Division III, allowing teams just 108.1 yards per game. Pacific is ranked third in the NWC in that category, trailing Linfield & Willamette.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - LEWIS & CLARK PIONEERS
Location: Portland, Ore.
Colors: Orange & Black
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Fred Wilson Field at Griswold Stadium (3,069, covered, AstroTurf)
President: Barry Glassner
Athletic Director: Clark Yeager
Head Coach: Chris Sulages (Weber State 1995)
Sulages' Record At L&C: 14-39/7 Yrs.
Sulages' Record Overall: 14-39/7 Yrs.
All-Time Series: L&C leads 33-28-4
Last Meeting: L&C won 61-35 at Forest Grove on Oct. 1, 2011
ABOUT THE COACH: Chris Sulages is in his seventh season as Lewis & Clark head coach. Sulages has led the Pioneers from the near extinction of the program to being one of the NWC's most competitive teams. His 2011 team finished with a 7-2 record and tied for second in the NWC with Willamette with a 4-2 record. Sulages joined the L&C coaching staff in 2003, sending his first two seasons as offensive line coach before taking over as offensiove coordinator in 2005. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, Sulages coached at Cal State Northridge, Occidental, Weber State and the University of San Diego. Sulages played his college football at Weber State where he was an All-Big Sky Conference selection as an offensive lineman.
THE SERIES: Lewis & Clark leads the all-time series 33-28-4.
LAST MEETING - LEWIS & CLARK 61, PACIFIC 35: The Pioneers rode the play of versatile quarterback Keith Welch to a big scoring day in a 61-35 win over the Boxers in Forest Grove. Welch completed 13 of 23 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 106 yards and three touchdowns. He led an afternoon that saw the Pioneers outgain the Boxers 524 to 452.Pacific used three first half touchdown passes from T.C. Campbell to Jordan Fukumoto to stay within 33-23 at halftime, but the Pioneers outscored the Boxers 28-12 in the final 30 minutes. Campbell completed 22 of 36 passes for 280 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Matt Nyberg caught six balls for 69 yards to lead the Pacific receiving corps. The game is best remembered, though, for a rare defensive two-point converstion ran back 100 yards by Bryan Mills off Devin Lagorio's blocked extra point that landed the Boxers on ESPN's SportsCenter.
LEWIS & CLARK NOTES
• After winning their first four games of the season, including a 55-42 NWC season-opening win over Puget Sound, the Pioneers have lost three straight to the league's top three teams. L&C averaged 38.5 in the four wins, but have averaged 11.3 points per game in the three losses.
• Quarterback Keith Welch ranks second in the NWC in both completions (139) and attempts (248) and is averaging 241 yards per game in the air and 37.4 yards per game on the ground. He has passed for 15 touchdowns and rushed for seven more.
• Receiver Jacob Constantino is Welch's top target, averaging 70.1 yards per game with five touchdowns. As a team, the Pioneers are averaging 263.9 yards per game in the air and 118 yards per game rushing.
• Saturday's game will be homecoming at Lewis & Clark College. It is the second time since the program's reinstatement that the Boxers have been the Pioneers' homecoming opponent.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
SO RARE THAT IT HAPPENED AGAIN: Last year's defensive two-point conversion was so unique and rare that ESPN featured the play on SportsCenter. In their last game with Pacific Lutheran, lightning struck again. Following the Lutes' second touchdown of the game with 4:31 left in the first quarter, Devin Lagorio (Jr., Stockton, Calif.) managed to block Nick Kaylor's point-after attempt. The blocked kick rolled right out to Craig Bailey (Jr., Fairfield, Calif.), who ran the ball back for the two-point conversion. Bailey's return ended up being the only points Pacific scored in the first half. Unfortunately, the second time around wasn't picked up by the "worldwide leader" to appear on SportsCenter.
THROWING STRONG: While his outing against Pacific Lutheran wasn't as crisp that P.J. Minaya (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) would have like, he continued to show that he is a very capable field leader for the Boxers. Minaya completed 32 of 45 passes for the Boxers in the loss to the Lutes for 342 yards. All three numbers were season highs. He also three for three touchdowns, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Minaya has performed well in the starting quarterback role for the Boxers. One of the most accurate quarterbacks in Division III football, Minaya enters the week ranked 54th in the nation with a pass efficiency rating of 143.32. He also ranks 68th with an average of 240 yards of total offense per game. In addition, Minaya is on pace to set a Pacific season record for completion percentage. To date, Minaya has completed 67.4 percent of his passes (124 for 184). The record, set last year by T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) is 59.4 percent.
STEPPING UP: With the tolls of injuries and opposing defenses keying on the Boxers' top wide receivers, Pacific has benefited by new players stepping up to carry the load. Jakob Lawrence (So., Sherwood, Ore.) stepped up to score two of the Boxers' three touchdowns in the fourth quarter against Pacific Lutheran, catching short passes from 1 yard and 6 yards. He finished the game with 83 yards on eight catches. Kelson Kawai (Jr., North Kohala, Hawaii), meanwhile, became one of the primary targets with injuries that have kept Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Darin Kamealoha (So., Waipahu, Hawaii) out of the lineup. Kawai led the Boxers with 114 yards on seven catches. In all, seven Pacific players made catches against the Lutes. The Boxers enter the week ranked fifth in the NWC in passing yardage, averaging 273.8 yards per game.
PULLING TRIPLE DUTY: As the offensive duties shift, Deven McKinney (So., Spanaway, Wash.) is running with the ball, catching the ball and picking up return duties. McKinney led the Boxers in rushing against Pacific Lutheran, running four times for 40 yards. He also made two catches for 40 yards. If that wasn't enough, McKinney took a pair of kickoff returns for a total of 28 yards. He finished just behind Kelson Kawai in the game with 108 yards of all-purpose offense. McKinney enters the week as the Boxers' second leading rusher, averaging 26 yards per game.
HE'S A KICK: In just his sophomore season, kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez (So., Stockton, Calif.) is flirting with the record book. Villareal-Gomez enters the week having made 20 of 20 point-after attempts. He stands just five short of the Pacific season record of 25 point-after attempts made set by Cub Shulund in 1986. Villareal-Gomez made all of three of his point-after attempts against Pacific Lutheran. Against Puget Sound on Oct. 6, Villareal-Gomez set a single game record with eight point-after attempts made to break the record of seven shared by Lloyd Little (vs. College of Idaho in 1972) and Frank Buckiewicz, Jr. (vs. Whitman in 1975). Villareal-Gomez enters the week tied for 23rd among NCAA Division III kickers in field goals made, averaging 1.00 per contest. He also ranked third in the NWC in kick scoring and eighth in overall scoring with his 38 points.
GETTING HIS TACKLE ON: After working in the background for much of the season, Bryan Mills (Jr., Imbler, Ore.) came alive to lead the Boxers defensively against Pacific Lutheran. Mills finished with a Pacific season high 12 tackles in the loss to the Lutes. Josh Brinkworth (So., Elk Grove, Calif.), who still ranks among the league leaders in tackles, finished with seven tackles. Pacific is still continuing to excel on the defensive side of the ball. Brinkworth enters the week tied for third in the NWC with 51 tackles and is second with 37 tackles. As a team, the Boxers are among the best in the nation protecting against the rush. The Boxers are ranked 41st in rushing defense, allowing opponents an average 108.17 yards per game.
IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In this NCAA Division III statistical rankings, 37th in passing offense with an average of 273.83 yards per game. Pacific also ranks 41st in rushing defense (108.17 yards allowed per game), 53rd in pass efficiency (145.58), 54th in kickoff returns (21.50 yards per return), 75th in punt returns (9.75 yards per return), 80th in total offense (390.33 yards per game), 81st in sacks allowed (1.50 per game) and 93rd in scoring offense (28 points per game).
Individually, Moses Villareal-Gomez is tied for 23rd in field goal kicking with an average of 1.00 per game. Caleb Roher (So., Gresham, Ore.) ranks 24th in kickoff returns (26.30 yards per return) and Blake Anthony (So., Valencia, Calif.) is 39th in punt returns (9.75 yards per return). P.J. Minaya is ranked 54th in pass efficiency (143.32) and 68th in total offense (240 yards per game). Chrystian Johnson (Jr., Rogue River, Ore.) is tied for 83rd for sacks, averaging 0.67 per game, The NCAA Division III statistics are updated weekly by Monday and can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/V5rq48.
A PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES: The scoring performance Pacific put up against Puget Sound on Saturday unlike the Boxers had seen for 82 years. The 62 points is tied for the third most points scored in a game in school history. The last time the Boxers had scored 62 points was in 1930 when Pacific beat Lewis & Clark (then known as Albany College) 62-0. The last time the Boxers had scored over 60 points was against Whitman in 1975. Pacific's 62-point performance is tied for the 18th best point total of the season in Division III football and was the highest point total scored by a NWC team until Whitworth hung 70 on the Loggers on Oct. 20.
PUTTING AN END TO THE ROAD BLUES: Pacific's road victory on Sept. 8 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.
SEASON HONORS: Pacific players have been honored three times this season as Northwest Conference Student-Athletes of the Week. Moses Villareal-Gomez has been honored twice. He was named NWC Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 3-9 for his two field goals and three PATs made in the Boxers' 27-6 win over Occidental on Sept. 8. He also earned the honor for the week of Oct. 1-7 for his two made field goals and 8 for 8 on PAT attempts in the 62-21 win over Puget Sound on Oct. 6. P.J. Minaya was selected as the NWC Football Offensive Student-Athlete for the week of Oct. 1-7 after he completed 25 of 30 passes for 276 yards, threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth in the victory over Puget Sound.
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. Saturday's game against Lewis & Clark will air live with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. 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.