Pacific University Football Weekly Notebook
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THIS WEEK IN PACIFIC FOOTBALL
LEWIS & CLARK AT PACIFIC
Game No. 8/Home Game No. 4
Sat., Nov. 2, 1 p.m., Lincoln Park Stadium, Forest Grove
Radio: 1360 AM KUIK (Hillsboro, Live)
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NORTHWEST CONFERENCE STRETCH RUN BEGINS WITH PIONEERS
Pacific football faced an interesting defensive challenge in their final non-conference game on Saturday, but prevailed in a 21-6 victory over the Univ. of Chicago. This weekend, the Boxers enjoy the second of back-to-back home games, and a stretch of three of their final four at Lincoln Park Stadium as the Northwest Conference stretch run begins this Saturday against Lewis & Clark.
• Despite having the ball for just 20 minutes and being outgained on offense 302 yards to 284, Pacific prevailed in a defensive struggle over the Univ. of Chicago, 21-6. Despite the time of possession, the Pacific defense limited the Maroons to one third quarter touchdown and stunted Chicago on two drives of over seven minutes in length.
• Running back Deven McKinney led Pacific in scoring, rushing in from six yards out in the second quarter and a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. He and Gunther Schultze led the Boxers in a 136-yard day on the ground, the third best total of the season.
• Quarterbacks P.J. Minaya and T.C. Campbell were near perfect again, completing 11 of 15 for 148 yards. Campbell threw for the game's only receiving touchdown, finding Jakob Lawrence in the third quarter.
• Safety Bryan Mills led Pacific defensively with a Boxer season-high 10 tackles. Pacific also had six tackles for loss, led by 1.5 each by Tim Hastie and Landon Aano.
• Pacific continues to have one of the best offenses at the Division III level, ranking fourth in the NCAA statistics in red zone offense (.920), fifth in pass efficiency (177.71), 43rd in scoring offense (34.1 points per game) and 45th in passing yardage (264.1 yards per game).
• Pacific continues to own one of the toughest schedules in the Division III. The Boxers rank fifth this week in the list of Division III's toughest schedules, with the team's opponents owning a 35-20 record (.636 win percentage). Pacific also enters the week 20th in Division III strength of schedule.
A WIN OVER LEWIS & CLARK WOULD...
• Give Pacific seven wins for the first time since 1972 (8-1 record)
• Give Pacific three conference wins for the first time since 1988 (3-3 Columbia Football Association Mt. Hood Division mark) and ensure the team's first winning conference record since 1987 (3-2-1 CFA Mt. Hood Division).
• Give Pacific their second straight win over Lewis & Clark after having lost three straight.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT - LEWIS & CLARK PIONEERS
Location: Portland, Ore.
Colors: Orange & Black
Conference: Northwest (NCAA III)
Stadium: Fred Wilson Field at Griswold Stadium (3,000, covered, AstroTurf)
President: Barry Glassner
Interim Athletic Director: Mark Pietrok
Head Coach: Chris Sulages (Weber State 1995)
Sulages' Record At L&C: 18-44 (8 Years)
Sulages' Record Overall: 18-44 (8 Years)
All-Time Series: Lewis & Clark leads 33-29-4
Last Meeting: Pacific won 42-20 at Portland, Ore., on Oct. 27, 2012.
ABOUT THE COACH: Chris Sulages is in his ninth year as Lewis & Clark head coach and his 11th on the Pioneers' staff. Sulages reached the high-water mark of his L&C career in 2011, leading the Pioneers to a 7-2 record and a tie for second place in the NWC standings. His efforts earned Sulages selection as the D3Football.com West Region Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming head coach, Sulages served one season as offensive coordinator and two years as offensive line coach. Prior to coming to Palatine Hill, Sulages spent three seasons as an offensive assistant coach at Occidental and one season each at the University of San Diego and Weber State. Sulages played his college football at Weber State and Saddleback JC, earning all-conference honors at both schools.
THE SERIES: Lewis & Clark leads the series 33-29-4. Pacific win the last meeting, 42-20, in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 27, 2012.
LAST MEETING: Quarterback P.J. Minaya broke school records with 442 passing yards and 454 yards of total offense, leading Pacific to a 42-20 rout of the Pioneers at Griswold Stadium. The effort led the Boxers to school record of 607 yards of total offense and 442 team passing yards. Pacific jumped out to a 21-14 first half lead thanks in part to two Moses Villareal-Gomez field goals. The Boxers broke the contest open in the second half as Minaya found receiver Kelson Kawai for touchdown bombs of 59 yards, 42 yards and 49 yards. Kawai finished with 161 yards on five catched while Caleb Roher had seven catches for 150 yards to lead the Boxers. Lewis & Clark quarterback Keith Welch completed 28 of 50 passes for 301 yards, but threw three interceptions and was limited to 17 rushing yards. Evan Stanbro caught 11 balls for 231 yards.
LEWIS & CLARK NOTES
• Lewis & Clark found themselves on the losing end of an embarrasing 84-7 loss to Linfield on Saturday. The Wildcats set school records for scoring in a game, half and quarter ad they scored 70 first half points and the first 77 points of the game. The L&C offense was limited to 186 yards of total offense despite holding onto the ball for over 38 minutes.
• Quarterback Keith Welch is the Pioneers' top offensive player, having thrown for 2,103 yards and 21 touchdowns while also rushing for 331 yards and six touchdowns. Andrew Frisina is the Pioneers' top receiver with 778 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads the NWC with 111.1 yards per game.
• As a team, the Pioneers are averaging 433.7 yards per game and their 316.3 passing yards per game leads the NWC. Conversely, L&C is giving up an average of 49.7 points and 490.6 yards per game and has yet to hold a team under 30 points.
• Originally sited in Albany, Ore., Lewis & Clark gained its current name in 1942 and moved to its Palatine Hill campus (the former estate of M. Lloyd Frank, one of the owners of the Meier & Frank department store) that same year. Among the school's notable alums include U.S Representative Earl Blumenauer, Olmypic swimmer Matt Biondi, actress Markie Post, Major League Baseball player Pete Ward and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
PACIFIC NEWS & NOTES
RUNNING TO PAYDIRT: For the third time this season, the majority of Pacific's scoring came by way of rushing touchdowns. Deven McKinney (Jr., Spanaway, Wash.) scored both of the Boxers' touchdowns on the ground to beat the Univ. of Chicago on Saturday. He opened scoring at the 9:35 mark of the second quarter with a six-yard run that ended a 10-play, 68-yard drive. He then closed scoring with 10:26 left in the fourth quarter, rushing in from five-yards out to make it a 21-6 lead. McKinney finished the game with 46 yards on nine carries while fellow running back Gunther Schultze (Sr., Bellflower, Calif.) led the team with 54 yards on eight carries. Pacific finished the game with 136 yards rushing, the third most for the Boxers in a game this season.
ADD GROUND GAME: Pacific's rushing continues to improve by leaps and bounds. The Boxers enter the week averaging 133.4 rushung yards per game, ranking fourth in the NWC. Pacific averaged 109 yards rushing per game in 2012, sixth best in the NWC.
MAVERICK AND GOOSE: Much like the fighter tandem in the classic movie "Top Gun," Pacific's flight tandem of quarterbacks P.J. Minaya (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii) and T.C. Campbell (Jr., Kaimuki, Hawaii) continue to find their targets. Against the Univ. of Chicago on Saturday, the pair combined to complete 11 of 15 passes for 148 yards. Minaya completed 8 of 11 passes while Campbell threw for the game's only receiving touchdown, finding Jakob Lawrence (Jr., Sherwood, Ore.) early in the third quarter. The pair are leading the way in what has become one of the top passing offenses in Division III. The Boxers enter the week ranked fifth nationally in passing efficiency at 177.71 and 45th in passing offense, averaging 264.1 yards per game. The Boxers rank fourth in the league in passing offense and first with 9.9 yards per attempt.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS...: The Pacific defense had to do their part to keep the Univ. of Chicago out of the end zone on Saturday. The Boxers held the Maroons to 302 yards of total offense despite the fact they had the ball for an incredible 39 minutes, 51 seconds (Chicago ranks in the NCAA Division III top-10 in time of possession). In all that time, the defense allowed Chicago in the red zone just twice and allowed a score only once. Safety Bryan Mills (Sr., Imbler, Ore.) led the way with a Pacific season-high 10 tackles. While the Boxers had just one sack on the day, the team finished with six tackles for loss for a total of 19 yards. Linebacker Tim Hastie (Sr., Auberry, Calif.) and defensive end Landon Aano (Sr., Ewa Beach, Hawaii) each had 1.5 tackles for loss to lead the team.
NATIONALLY RANKED DEFENSE: Pacific's defense continues to put up some nationally impressive numbers. The Boxers enter the week ranked 44th among Division III teams in pass efficiency defense at 105.37. The Boxers also rank 46th in scoring defense (17 points allowed per game), 67th in both total defense (316.6 yards allowed per game) and rushing defense (128.1 yards allowed per game) along with 85th in passing yards allowed (188.4 yards allowed per game). The Boxers also rank 49th in red zone defense, with teams converting within the 20-yard line 66.7 percent of the time.
GREEN LIGHT IN THE RED ZONE: Pacific allows little room for error when they move inside the opponent's 20-yard line. The Boxers are 23 of 25 in scoring in the red zone, and their .920 red-zone scoring percentage ranks fourth among NCAA Division III teams. Pacific has scored every time inside the 20 in their last three games. They were last stopped in the red zone at Whitworth on Oct. 5.
AIR APPARENT: Wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii) continues to rank as one of the top receivers in the NWC. Fukumoto led the Boxers in receiving against the Univ. of Chicago on Saturday, catching four balls for 56 yards. Fukumoto enters the week ranked fourth in the NWC with 81.1 yards per game, is first with 20.3 yards per reception and is second with seven receiving touchdowns. Fukumoto also enters the week ranked 27th among NCAA Division III players in receiving touchdowns, 68th in receiving yards per game and 69th with 568 total receiving yards.
RETURN MEN: Pacific's return game has greatly contributed to the Boxers' successes on offense. The Boxers enter the week ranked 59th among Division III teams in kickoff returns and third in the NWC, averaging 21.88 yards per return. Caleb Roher (Jr., Gresham, Ore.) is the Boxers' primary kickoff return specialist. His average of 20.6 yards per return is fourth best in the NWC. On punt returns, the Boxers enter the week ranked 87th among Division III teams and first in the NWC with an average of 8.8 yards per return. Brandon Harms leads the punt return duties. His 9.8 yards per return leads the NWC and ranks 61st among Division III players.
ONE TOUGH SCHEDULE: Pacific's 6-1 record has come amidst what has developed into one of the toughest schedules in all of Division III. The Boxers rank fifth this week in the NCAA's list of toughest schedules in Division III. The compilation is based on a cumulative win/loss percentage of Pacific's 10 opponents thus far. Pacific is one of two NWC teams in the top-20, joining Whitworth (14th). The road is toughest for the Boxers over their next three games. The Boxers final four opponents (Lewis & Clark, Willamette & Linfield) own a combined record of 12-7.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: While the toughest schedule matrix is not looked at by the championships committee for potential playoff consideration, strength of schedule is. The Boxers entered last week ranked 20th out of 244 NCAA Division III teams in strength of scheule. Only Pacific Lutheran (12) is ranked higher from the Northwest Conference. The full strength of schedule list can be found at D3Football.com. Strength of schedule rankings are determined using two-thirds opponents' winning percentage and one-third on opponents' opponents' winning percentage.
IN THE POLLS: Saturday's result over the Univ. of Chicago were looked at differently by the two Division III national polls. Voters in the D3Football.com Top-25 Poll were not impressed by the Boxers' 21-6 victory, going from 17 votes to eight this week. Voters in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll, however, put some weight on the victory. Pacific improved from 10 to 30 votes, ranking them third on the list of other teams receiving votes behind Willamette and Wartburg. The D3Football.com poll can be viewed at d3football.com/top25, while the AFCA poll can be viewed at http://bit.ly/19wgErV.
WINNING MILESTONES: Pacific continues to put together a year that will rank among the best in school history. The Boxers' 6-1 record is the team's best since 1972, when the Boxers finished the year with an 8-1 record. With a win against Lewis & Clark on Saturday, the Boxers will improve to three conference wins since a 3-3 finish in the former Columbia Football Association's Mt. Hood Divsion in 1988.
COMING FROM BEHIND: Pacific has shown that they don't quit when they are down. Twice this season that Pacific has won after being in a significant first half hole, the most recent on Oct. 5 at Whitworth. The Boxers found themselves down 14-0 before scoring 31 of the game's final 38 points, including 24 in the second half. The Boxers were down 10-0 to Occidental on Sept. 14 before beating the Tigers 67-30. Pacific was 14-0 to Pacific Lutheran before coming back to take a 14-13 third quarter lead.
SECOND HALF TEAM: Pacific continues to show prowess as a second half team. Pacific enters the week outsoring their opponents 109-54 in the final two quarters and 198-81 over the final three quarters of game. The Boxers are most potent in the second quarter, having outscored opponents 89-27.
FLAGS A-FLYING: Pacific will be looking to once again clean up the laundry on the field. The Boxers had just three penatlies called against them on Saturday against the Univ. of Chicago, but those three resulted in 63 yards. Pacific enters the week as the most penalized team in the NWC, having committed 45 penatlies for 462 yards, an average of 66 penalty yards per game.
MOVING THE CHAINS: Pacific is showing success in keeping the offense moving in third situations. The Boxers enter the week ranked second in the NWC and 16th among NCAA Division III teams in third down percentage, gaining first downs in 48.7 percent of their chances (34 of 71).
BUCKLEY HITS DOUBLE DIGITS: The Oct. 26 win over the Univ. of Chicago gave Head Coach Keith Buckley his 10th victory leading the Pacific football program. In his fourth year as head coach, Buckley has led the team ever since the program was reinstated for the 2010 season. The Boxers went winless in 2010, won one game in 2011 and three games in 2012. He enters this week with a 10-30 record.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The Oct. 12 victory over Puget Sound was one of historic proportions for Pacific football. The 56-14 rout moved the Boxers to a 5-0 on the season, a benchmark never before reached in the 103-year history of the program. The closest the Boxers had come before the game was in 1950, when Pacific opened at 4-0 before taking a 24-0 shutout loss to Lewis & Clark. The 2-0 conference mark was the first time since 1950 that the Boxers have gone undefeated in their first two league contests.
Head Coach Keith Buckley acknowledged the record as an important milestone in the rebirth of the Pacific program. "We are proud that we have represented Pacific University in the way that we have this year," he said. "When we started the program, we set out to build a program that not just our kids but the Pacific community could be proud of. We have made great strides and have a long way to go, but 5-0 is great and as a team we are definitely proud of it."
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Pacific's win over Whitworth on Oct. 5 marks their first win in a conference-opening game since 1990. The Boxers opened their Columbia Football Association schedule that season with a 21-14 victory over Simon Fraser (during the CFL years, all of Pacific's games were against conference opponents). Pacific's last NWC season-opening win before Saturday came in 1983, with the Boxers posting a 37-15 victory over Willamette (The NWC discontinued conference football play after 1984 with programs moving to the CFL).
IN HOMECOMING GAMES: With the win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12, Pacific is now 2-2 in their own Homecoming games since the program's 2010 reinstatement. The Boxers' other Homecoming win came also came against Puget Sound, with the Boxers gaining the 44-25 win on Oct. 29, 2011, in what was the program's first win since reinstatement. Pacific's other Homecoming games included a 24-12 loss to Whitworth on Oct. 23, 2010 and a 28-25 loss to the Pirates on Oct. 6, 2012. At the same time, the Boxers have not been cooperative Homecoming opponents over the last two seasons. Pacific is 3-0 in the last two seasons when they were the Homecoming opponent. The Boxers served as Whitworth's Homecoming for on Oct. 5, and the Boxers scored trhe 31-21 win.
A HISTORIC SCORING NIGHT: The 67 points scored by Pacific over Occidental on Sept. 14 proved to be the biggest scoring output since the program returned in 2010 and the third highest point total in school history. Pacific's record for scoring is 118 points, which came against George Fox back in the 1923 season (Pacific won 118-0). The second highest scoring total was 71 points the year before against Mount Angel Seminary. The 67 points is the 12th most scored by a NCAA Division III team this season and the most since the Boxers rolled up 62 points against Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 6, 2012.
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 that game, Pacific's longest road trip was in 2011 to Claremont, Calif., to play at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, covering a distance of 994 miles.
SEASON HONORS: Pacific's honor roll of weekly honors for the 2013 season include the following:
Bryan Mills: NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for week of Oct. 7-13. Mills had four tackles and two interceptions (both eventually resulted in Pacific touchdowns) in the Boxers' 56-14 Homecoming win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12.
Moses Villareal-Gomez: NWC Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for week of Oct. 7-13. Villareal-Gomez tied his own school single game record by going 8 for 8 on point-after attempts in the Boxers' 56-14 win over Puget Sound on Oct. 12.
Jordan Fukumoto: NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week and selected to the D3Football.com Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 9-15. Fukumoto finished with 197 receiving yards on seven catches and had three touchdowns in the Boxers' 67-30 home win over Occidental on Sept. 14.
Craig Bailey: NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and D3Football.com Team for the Week for week of Sept. 2-8. The cornerback finished with two interceptions, both of which set up Pacific touchdowns, in Pacific's 20-10 win ar Adrian on Sept. 6. Bailey also had three tackles in the game.
Aaron Koford: D3Football.com Team of the Week for the week of Sept. 2-8. Koford averaged 31.5 yards per punt on six punts in the Boxers' 20-10 win at Adrian on Sept. 6. Five of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line and two of his punts pinned the Bulldogs at their own two-yard line.
PACIFIC ONE-LINERS (AND SOMETIMES TWO...)
• Head Coach Keith Buckley and Menlo Head Coach Mark Grieb played on the same UC Davis team and both coached for their former head coach, Bob Biggs, on the UC Davis staff. The two met as head coaches for the first time on Sept. 21.
• The Sept. 26 Big Sky Conference match-up at JELD-WEN Field between Portland State and Cal Poly featured two former Pacific coaches. Cal Poly wide receivers coach Jim Craft was Pacific's offensive coordinator while Portland State tight ends coach Matt Leunen was tight ends coach at Pacific in 2010.
• Sophomore offensive lineman Riley Rankin is the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys' standout Don Meredith.
• Junior Jordan Fukumoto's brother, Jayson Fukumoto, played for Pacific in 2010 and is now in special forces in the U.S. Army.
• California is the most represented state on the Pacific roster with 47 players hailing from the Golden State. Oregon has the second most at 39 with Hawaii third at 33.
• Defensive lineman Eddie Carrillo is serving this year as president of Pacific's Student-Athlet Advisory Committee.
• Pacific's victory over Whitworth on Oct. 5 was their first over the Pirates since 1978 (the Pirates had won the last six meetings).
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. 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.