Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
WILLAMETTE AT PACIFIC
Game No. 8/Home Game No. 4
Sat., Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro)
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BOXERS HOPE TO RIDE MOMENTUM INTO FINAL HOME GAME
The Pacific football team put together a record offensive performance to score a 42-20 win over Lewis & Clark on their homecoming, the Boxers hope to carry that momentum into their final home game of the season. The Boxers will await a rematch with a solid Willamette squad that soundly beat them earlier this season in Salem. Willamette enters the weekend on a two-game losing streak.
• Pacific put together a record afternoon with 607 yards of total offense and 442 passing yards, blowing the game open with three touchdowns to beat Lewis & Clark in Portland 42-20. Pacific outgained the Pioneers 607 to 442 and limited the home team to 42 yards of rushing offense.
• Quarterback P.J. Minaya had an individual record day with his 442 passing yards and 454 yards in total offense. He threw for four touchdowns, the smallest of which were 42-yard scoring passes. He also rushed for a fifth score.
• Kelson Kawai was Minaya's favorite target, leading the Boxer air attack with 161 yards on five catches. Kawai caught three touchdown passes of 42 yards, 49 yards and 59 yards.
• Heron Azevedo made his first catch in a Pacific uniform count. The junior transfer from Brazil used his speed to score a 42-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that made it an 11-0 game.
• Aaron Koford was as key of a defensive player as anyone Saturday, punting six times for an average of 40.5 yards per punt. Koford landed four of his six punts inside the 20-yard line and two inside the 10-yard line. None of his punts were converted into scores on the next subsequent series and one eventually resulted in a Pacific safety.
• Caleb Roher fnished the game with 204 yards of total offense. He caught seven balls for 150 yards and had two kickoff returns for a total of 48 yards.
• Pacific enters the week ranked nationally in both offense and defense. The Boxers enter the week ranked 28th in rushing defense, allowing 98.71 yards per game. Offensively, the Boxers rank 24th in passing offense, 31st in pass efficiency and 51st in total offense.
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 52-25-5
Last Meeting: Willamette won 51-17 at Salem, Ore., on Sept. 22, 2012
ABOUT THE COACH: Glen Fowles took over as Willamette head coach last spring after the departure 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 52-25-5.
LAST MEETING - WILLAMETTE 51, PACIFIC 17: Willamette took advantage of six Pacific turnovers, breaking away from a close first quarters to beat the Boxers on Sept. 22 at McCullough Stadium. It was a 6-3 game after one quarter, thanks in part to a 23-yard field goal by Moses Villareal-Gomez. The Bearcats then scored on their next three possessions, including a 30-yard field goal by Kyle Derby, a 22-yard touchdown pass from Josh Dean to Dylan Jones and a Jones' three-yard run. Bobby Ladiges made it a 23-10 halftime score with his three-yard run late in the first half. Willamette then went on to score four touchdowns in the second half. P.J. Minaya completed 22 of 34 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted four times. Ladiges finished with 44 yards rushing on 17 carries and Darin Kamealoha caught six balls for 112 yards. For Willamette, Dean completed 33 of 46 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns. Jake Knecht caught 10 balls for 106 yards and one touchdown. Willamette outgained the Boxers on offense 559 to 360.
• After winning their first six games of the season, the Bearcats have lost two straight to the Northwest Conference's power teams. The Bearcats lost to Pacific Lutheran 41-27 on Oct. 20 and to Linfield 45-10 on Oct. 27.
• Willamette enters the week leading the NWC with an average of 489.5 yards per game, 3,916 yards of total offense and 348 passing yards per game. The Bearcats are also 34 of 40 in red zone scoring, which also leads the league. Willamette is also ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense, 15th in total offense and 20th in scoring offense.
• Quarterback Josh Dean leads the NWC in completions (217), passing yards (2,665), passing yards per game (333.1) and touchdowns (29). He ranks seventh among all Division III players in total offense and 31st with a pass efficiency rating of 156.40.
• Dylan Jones is one of the conference's top rushing performers, ranking second in the NWC with 145 carries, 638 yards and an average of 79.8 yards per game.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
A RECORD DAY FOR MINAYA: Saturday's big win over Lewis & Clark was made possible in part by P.J. Minaya's (Jr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) record day at quarterback. Minaya set a Pacific single game record with 442 passing yards, breaking the mark of 405 yards set by teammate T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) against Menlo at the end of the 2010 season. In addition, Minaya's 454 yards of total offense broke the record of 411 yards set by Pacific Hall of Famer Ralph Nickerson against Whitman during the 1975 season. Minaya completed 21 of 32 passes in the game, averaging 21 yards per completed pass. All four of his touchdown passes were bombs of 42 yards or more in addition to the fifth score he rushed for in the second quarter. Minaya continues to make a case for becoming the second Pacific quarterback since the program's reinstatement to earn All-NWC honors. Minaya enters the week ranked third in the league with his average of 264 yards per game and leads the league with a completion percentage of 67.1 percent, which puts him on pace to set a school single season record. Minaya also ranks third in the NWC in pass competions (145), passing yards (1,848) and touchdowns (16). Among NCAA Division III quarterbacks, Minaya ranks 33rd in pass efficiency at 154.18 and 43rd in total offense with an average of 270.57 yards per game.
ADD OFFENSIVE RECORDS: P.J. Minaya's record individual day paced a record-setting offensive day for the entire Pacific offense. The Boxers finished with 607 yards of total offense, eclipsing the previous record of 587 yards set against Whitman in 1972. In addition, the 442 passing yards gained by Minaya eclipsed the record of 405 yards the Boxers set against Menlo in 2010.
SECOND HALF SURGE: As Pacific figured out that they could throw the ball well above the Lewis & Clark defense, Kelson Kawai (Jr., North Kohala, Hawaii) took full advantage of the opportunity. Kawai finished with 161 yards on five receptions, three of which were huge second half touchdown catches. Kawai opened the Boxers' second half scoring by catching a 59-yard bomb from P.J. Minaya with two minutes gone in the third quarter that made it a 28-20 Pacific lead. Later in the quarter, Kawai caught a 42-yard scoring pass and closed out scoring in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard reception. Kawai averaged 32.2 yards per catch for the game. Kawai has seen enhanced action at wide receivers with injuries to starters Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Darin Kamealoha (So., Waipahu, Hawaii). Kawai enters the week ranked 10th in the NWC in receiving average with 14.7 yards per catch and is tied for third with his five receiving touchdowns. He leads the Boxers with a total of 381 yards an average of 54.4 yards per game.
QUEM E VOCE? ESTOU HERON AZEVEDO!: If Heron Azevedo (Jr., Rio de Janiero, Brazil) was looking to make a great impression, he certainly did it on Saturday. Seeing his first game action in a Pacific uniform, Azevedo made the most of the opportunity as he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass for the Boxers' first touchdown of the game against Lewis & Clark. The appearance, coupled with the fact that Azevedo shares jersey No. 89 with the injured Blake Anthony (So., Valencia, Calif.), made for some confusion among fans and Pacific's radio broadcasters. Azevedo is a native of Brazil, where soccer certainly outweighs the popularity of American football. Azevedo played junior college football at Diablo Valley College.
KICK DEFENSE: Punter Aaron Koford (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) played as big of a part on the Pacific defense on Saturday as any guy on the line. Koford punted six times and averaged an impressive 40.5 yards per punt. He put four of his punts inside the 20-yard line and two inside the 10-yard line. One punt put Lewis & Clark on their own 4-yard line and eventually resulted in a Pacific safety. Koford has developed into a great weapon for the Boxers. He is tied for first in the NWC with an average of 37.6 yards per punt. Koford also ranks third with 27 punts, 1,016 punting yards and eight punts inside the 20-yard line.
PICKING ON THE PIONEERS: For the second straight week, Bryan Mills (Jr., Imbler, Ore.) has found a way to make a difference on the defensive side of the ball. Mills finished with four tackles, but came up with two of the Boxers' three interceptions of the day. His interception in the second quarter led to a Pacific touchdown that made it an 18-7 Pacific lead. Mills also had a fumble recovery. The plays by Mills were one of just a number during the game. Brandon Harms (So., Canby, Ore.) had the Boxers' third interception, Devin Lagorio (Jr., Stockton, Calif.) had a fumble recovery and Chase Rogers (So., Lahaina, Hawaii) had another forced fumble. Tim Hastie (Jr., Auberry, Calif.) led Pacific against the Pioneers with nine tackles and one tackle for loss.
NATIONALLY RANKED DEFENSE: The Pacific defense has played a big role in the team's success all year long. The Boxers enter the week ranked 28th among NCAA Division III teams in rushing defense, allowing teams an average of 98.71 yards per game. The Boxers limited Lewis & Clark to 42 yards on Saturday, marking the fourth time this season that that Boxers have limited teams under 100 rushing yards.
IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In this NCAA Division III statistical rankings, Pacific enters the week ranked 24th in passing offense (297.86 yards per game), 31st in pass efficiency (155.16),51st in total offense (421.29 yards per game), 57th in kickoff returns (20.95 yards per return), 73rd in sacks allowed (1.43 per game), 74th in scoring offense (30 points per game) and 89th in punt returns (8.91 yards per return).
Individually, Moses Villareal-Gomez is tied for 15th in field goals, averaging 1.14 per game. Caleb Roher (So., Gresham, Ore.) is ranked 25th in kickoff returns (25.92 yards per return) and P.J. Minaya ranks 33rd in pass efficiency (154.18) and 43rd in total offense (270.57 yards per game). Blake Anthony ranks 43rd in punt returns (9.75 yards per return), Aaron Koford ranks 57th in punting (37.63 yards per punt) and Chrystian Johnson (Jr., Rogue River, Ore.) ranked in a tie for 83rd in sacks (0.67 per game). The NCAA Division III statistics are updated weekly by Monday and can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/V5rq48.
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. Since then, the Boxers have tallied all three of their wins on the road. It is the first three-win season for Pacific since 1990.
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.
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 Willamette will air live with the pregame show scheduled to begin at 12:45 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.
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.