September 9, 2013

Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook

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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
OCCIDENTAL AT PACIFIC

Game No. 2/Home Game No. 1
Sat., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Broadcast: Live on 1360 AM KUIK
Live Stats | Audio | Video

FOR FIRST TIME, BOXERS COME HOME WITH WINNING RECORD
Making the longest trip in the history of the program did little to phase Pacific football, which returns home with a winning record for the first time since the team's 2010 reinstatement.  After their 20-10 win over defending MIAA champion Adrian on Friday night, the Boxers come home for the first of five games at Lincoln Park Stadium and a Saturday evening matchup with Occidental.

BOXER BYTES
• The defense provided much of the impact in Pacific's victory over Adrian on Saturday, limiting the Bulldogs to 229 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers.  Pacific did not allow Adrian a touchdown on offense.

Craig Bailey came up big for the Boxers individually on defense with two interceptions that led to two of the Boxers' three touchdowns.  His first pick came on just the second play of the game, leading to the Boxers' opening touchdown with 12:25 left in the first quarter.  His effort earned Bailey selection as the Northwest Conference's Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week.

Blake Anthony led the Pacific receiving attack, catching four balls for 49 yards as the Boxers finished with 206 yards in the air. Jakob Lawrence had 47 yards on five catches while Jordan Fukumoto had 47 yards and a touchdown on two catches in his first game since Sept. 8, 2012.

Gunther Schultze finished with 13 carries for 53 yards and scored the Boxers' opening touchdown to lead the Pacific rushing attack.  Schultze finished the day with 65 yards of total offense.  Deven McKinney had 10 carries for 43 yards as the Boxers finished with 94 yards on the ground.

• Punter Aaron Koford gave Pacific great advantage in the field position game.  Averaging 31.5 yards per punt for six punts, Koford put five of those punts inside the 20-yard line and twice made Adrian start inside their own two-yard line.

• Quarterback P.J. Minaya had a solid start to his senior campaign, completing 19 of 29 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns.  He was benefitted by a solid offensive line that allowed just one sack of Minaya.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - OCCIDENTAL TIGERS
QUICK FACTS

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.    
Enrollment: 2,100
Nickname: Tigers    
Colors: Orange & Black
Conference: So. California Intercollegiate (NCAA III)
Stadium: Jack Kemp Stadium (4,000, uncovered, FieldTurf)
President: Dr. Jonathan Veitch
Athletic Director: Jaime Hoffman
Head Coach: Doug Semones
Semones' Record At Occidental: 1st Year
Semones' Record Overall: 1st Year
All-Time Series: Pacific leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Pacific won 27-6 in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2012.

ABOUT THE COACH: Doug Semones is in his first season as Occidental head coach as the Tigers welcome their third head coach in three years.  Semones spent three seasons (2009-11) at Division I-FCS Yale, where he worked with outside linebackers and the defensive line.  He has also served stints as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Hawaii and with the Hawaii Islanders of the Arena Football League.  A successful high school coach, Semone spent the 2012 season as defensive coordinator at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn., where he helped lead the team to a state championship.  He also spent seven seasons (1989-95) at head coach at Kahuku High School, leading the team to four Oahu Interscholastic Association titles.

THE SERIES: Pacific leads 1-0.  Pacific won the last meeting, 27-6, in Los Angeles, on Sept. 8, 2012.

LAST MEETING: Pacific finished with 356 yards of total offense, which included 149 rushing yards, to beat the Tigers 27-6 for the first road win of the new program at Jack Kemp Stadium.  The ground game accounted for the Boxers' first scores, with Deven McKinney and Bobby Ladiges scoring on 5-yard and 2-yard runs, respectively.  Sean Bangs then intercepted a pass late in the second quarter, setting up a Moses Villareal-Gomez 37-yard field goal with 18 seconds left for a 17-0 halftime lead.  The Boxers added another field goal in the third quarter and a 46-yard scoring pass from P.J. Minaya to Darin Kamealoha in the fourth.  Pacific outgained the Tigers 356 to 325 as Minaya completed 17 of 31 for 207 yards.  Kamealoha caught four balls for 84 yards and a tocuhdown while Ladiges rushed for 58 yards.  Occidental quarterback Tommy Edwards completed 31 of 48 passes for 329 yards.  Running back Samuel Stekol rushed 10 times for 144 yards.

OCCIDENTAL NOTES
• Occidental finished the 2012 season with a 2-7 record and a 2-5 SCIAC mark.  The Tigers lost three straight to open the season, which started with the 27-6 loss to Pacific on Sept. 8.

• Occidental average 377.6 yards per game in 2012, ranking sixth in the SCIAC, but ranked among the conference's top passing teams with an average of 326.9 yards per game.

• Second Team All-SCIAC quarterback Tommy Edwards returns for his senior season.  Edwards became the first Occidental quarterback to throw for 2,900 yards since 2005, leading the SCIAC in passing yards per game (340.3) and ranking fourth in passing efficiency (133.6).

• The Tigers also return Second Team All-SCIAC defensive lineman Michael Gilliam (34 tackles, 1.5 TFL) as well as honorable mention wide receiver Samuel Stekol (89.4 yards per game) and offensive lineman Dallas Gosselin.

PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
PICKIN' OFF THE BULLDOGS:
In a strong effort by the Pacific defense, the two interceptions by Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) may have been the biggest defensive plays of all.  For his effort, Bailey was selected as the Northwest Conference's Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week.  On just the second play of the game, Bailey picked off Adrian quarterback Drew Collins and ran the ball back five yards to the Adrian 21-yard line.  That interception led to Pacific's first touchdown just three minutes into the game.  Bailey then repeated the feat with 4:30 left in the second quarter, which set up a six-play, 42-yard drive that allowed the Boxers to go into halftime with a 13-7 lead.  Bailey made his 22nd consecutive start for the Boxers at cornerback in the contest.  He finished the 2012 season with 30 tackles.  His two interceptions in the game equalled his total interceptions over the first three years of his Pacific career.  Bailey was one of 14 NCAA Division III players (and one of three NWC players) to have two interceptions in the first week of the season.

WINNING THE FIELD POSITION GAME: In his postgame analysis of the game, Head Coach Keith Buckley could not understate the contributions of punter Aaron Koford (Sr., Wilsonville, Ore.) to the team's success.  Koford punted six times in the contest, averaging 31.5 yards per punt. Five of those punts landed inside the 20-yard line, and on two occasions force Adrian to start within their own two-yard line.  An Honorable Mention All-NWC in 2012, Koford led the NWC and finished ranked 30th among NCAA Division III kickers with an average of 39.1 yards per punt.

EFFECTIVELY RUNNING THE BALL: Gunther Schultze (Sr., Bellflower, Calif.) led the way for a Pacific running game that proved effective against a very good Adrian defense.  Schultze rushed 13 times for 53 yards and scored the opening touchdown on the Boxers' opening drive to start the 20-10 victory over Adrian.  Schultze finished with 65 all-purpose yards, wich included two catches for seven yards.  Deven McKinney (Jr., Spanaway, Wash.) also provided effective for Pacific on the ground, gaining 43 yards on 10 carries.  The Boxers finished the night with 94 net rushing yards, with a long rush by McKinney of 16 yards.

FROM RUNNING BACK TO RECEIVER: Pacific's running back corps showed how versatile they can be.  Bobby Ladiges (Jr., Escalon, Calif.) showed that versatility on Friday, catching a ball for a 15-yard touchdown reception with 1:09 left in the second quarter that put Pacific ahead of Adrian for good.  Ladiges finished the game with two catches for 24 yards, which included the go-ahead touchdown, and finished 29 yards of total offense.  For the game, Pacific's running backs finished with 44 of the Boxers' 206 receiving yards on the night.

A WELCOME RETURN: The Friday night return of wide receiver of Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) was quieter than most expected, but his contributions proved effective in the Boxers' victory.  After missing most of the 2012 season with a broken leg, Fukumoto finished with 47 yards receiving on just two catches.  One was a 42-yard bomb from quarterback P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) with 1:51 left in the third quarter that gave Pacific an insurance touchdown and secured the 20-10 victory.  Fukumoto was a First Team All-NWC selection at wide receiver in 2011, finishing second in the NWC that season with 844 receiving yards and an average of 93.8 yards per game.  He finished 2012 with 163 yards in the two games he saw action in during the 2012 campaign.

LEADING THE TEAM: P.J. Minaya began the 2013 season as the Boxers' starting quarterback and took the majority of the snaps in the 20-10 victory over Adrian.  Minaya complted 19 of 29 passes for 206 yards and passed for two touchdowns in the victory.  His longest pass play came on the 42-yard scoring bomb to Jordan Fukumoto late in the third quarter.  T.C. Campbell (Jr.,  Kaimuki, Hawaii) saw action in second quarter, playing in his first game since suffering a knee injury in last year's season opener against Simon Fraser.  Campbell went 0 for 3 and threw in interception in limited action.

STOUT DEFENSE: The defense was the Boxers' biggest asset on Friday night over Adrian, doing their past to put a stop to a potent Bulldogs' offense that averaged 319.7 yards per game in their 2012 MIAA championship season.  Pacific limited Adrian to a total of 229 yards of total offense, with 169 of those coming on the ground.  Despite the power of the Adrian running game, Pacific did not allow any touchdowns to the Adrian offense.  Safety Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) and linebacker Jack Perez (So., Petaluma, Calif.) each finished with seven tackles to lead the Boxers.  Perez recovered a fumble in the second quarter which was forced by Alex Willeford (Jr., Keizer, Ore.).  Josh Brinkworth (Jr., Elk Grove, Calif.), Eddie Carrillo (Jr., Mipitas, Calif.) and Devin Lagorio (Sr., Stockton, Calif.) each had five tackles in the winning effort.

LONGEST ROAD TRIP: Pacific's road trip to Adrian was the longest road trip in team history.  The Boxers traveled 2,367 miles to play in Adrian, Mich., making this the longest trip in program history in either era.  Prior to the trip, Pacific had never traveled out of a five-state area on the West Coast, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California, and the Canadian province of British Columbia.  Prior to last week, Pacific's longest road trip was in 2011 to Claremont, Calif., to play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, covering a distance of 994 miles.

SEASON PREVIEW: The complete 2013 Pacific football season preview can be read online at http://bit.ly/14i8Dv2.

GAMES ONCE AGAIN TO AIR ON KUIK, ONLINE: For the fourth consecutive year, Pacific football fans will have the chance to follow the Boxers both on the air in the Portland and worldwide on their computer or mobile device.  KUIK 1360 AM will once again be the on-air home in Washington County, airing all 10 Pacific football contests.  Saturday's game against Occidental will air live on KUIK.  In addition, all 10 games (home and away) will be available via a free audio webcast that can be accessed at GoBoxers.com.  For the fourth consecutive year, all five home games will be made available via a live video webcast.  Games can be viewed for $12.95 each or a "season ticket" for all five games is available for $39.95.  

Matt Richert returns for his fourth 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 and spent the summer as the No. 2 voice for the Hillsboro Hops professional baseball team, working alongside former Pacific men's basketball voice Rich Burk.  Scott Hermo will provide the color analysis.  Hermo has worked as a color commentator and sports host for KUIK since 1994.

BOXERS PICKED FIFTH IN NWC PRESEASON POLL: Pacific has been picked to repeat their fifth place finish according to the annual Northwest Conference coach's preseason poll released in August.  The Boxers received 19 of a possible 42 points, falling at the end of a tightly picked group in the middle of the conference race.  Willamette was picked third at 24 points while Whitworth was picked fourth with 20 points, one point ahead of Pacific.  Linfield was selected to win their fifth straight NWC title, securing 40 points and five first place votes.  Pacific Lutheran was picked second with 34 points and also received two first place votes.  View Complete Poll

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