Linfield Wildcats

Past Records

2016 (0-0, 0-0 NWC)
2015 (12-1, 7-0 NWC)
2014 (11-2, 6-1 NWC)
2013 (11-1, 6-0 NWC)
2012 (11-1, 6-0 NWC)
2011 (10-1, 6-0 NWC)
2010 (9-2, 6-0 NWC)
2009 (12-1, 6-0 NWC)
2008 (6-3, 5-1 NWC)
2007 (6-3, 4-2 NWC)
2006 (6-3, 5-1 NWC)
2005 (10-1, 4-0 NWC)
2004 (13-0, 5-0 NWC)
2003 (11-1, 5-0 NWC)
2002 (10-1, 5-0 NWC)
2001 (7-2, 4-1 NWC)
2000 (9-1, 5-0 NWC)
1999 (6-3, 3-2 NWC)

Team Quick Facts



Enrollment: 1615
Location: McMinnville, OR
Colors: Cardinal, Purple
Stadium: Maxwell Field (2250)
Surface: Turf

News Releases

September 17, 2016
UMHB rolls past Linfield on a wild night in Texas
No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor had a four-point lead at halftime, then scored in all sorts of ways in the...
August 31, 2016
10 games to watch for 2016
Columnist Brian Lester has seen a lot of the nation suit up and battle it out on the gridiron, and...
July 19, 2016
How we rank them: The preseason poll
Win a few Stagg Bowls, and your preseason prognostications can withstand the loss of 15 of your 22...
December 8, 2015
Knecht rises to the occasion for Wildcats
Being a senior backup quarterback is no easy job. It can be a thankless position, until your team...
December 5, 2015
Purple powers set up semifinal rematches
Mount Union and UW-Whitewater won their quarterfinals in different fashions, setting up the first...
December 5, 2015
Linfield rallies from 21-point hole to shock Mary Hardin-Baylor in final seconds
With 492 yards passing from Tom Knecht and two fumble recoveries by Alex Hoff, the Wildcats cap a...
December 1, 2015
Day to day, playing for another week
The Wildcats might be without their starting quarterback on Saturday. Whether Sam Riddle or Tom...
November 28, 2015
Wabash wins an epic; Wesley holds on; Tommies roll Johnnies again
Ethan Buresh ended an amazing game in dramatic fashion, with a 75-yard return for a TD. Wesley held...
November 28, 2015
Linfield advances to NCAA quarterfinals with 38-22 win over Cortland
Tom Knecht throws for two second-half TDs and Jake Reimer records a career-high 11 tackles as...
November 21, 2015
UMHB wins rematch, Cortland to make trip west
Mary Hardin-Baylor shut down the Hardin-Simmons passing game, Huntingdon got its first playoff win,...
November 21, 2015
Linfield hands Whitworth second deflating loss in McMinnville
Sam Riddle passes for four touchdowns and runs for another and Spencer Payne piles up 188 all-purpos...
November 14, 2015
Linfield clinches 24th unbeaten regular season
Led by Kennedy Johnson's two punt returns for touchdowns and Spencer Payne's 105 rushing yards, No....
November 10, 2015
Making noise in the Northwest
Senior defensive end Alex Hoff has been a key contributor to Linfield’s stifling defense, and...
November 7, 2015
Linfield clinches NWC-record 7th title, NCAA berth
Spencer Payne runs for 210 yards, Sam Riddle has four TD passes, and Linfield totals six sacks in a...
October 31, 2015
Payne, Hoff carry Linfield to 24-0 road win over George Fox
Spencer Payne runs for 103 yards and Alex Hoff records three sacks plus two tackles for loss as...
October 24, 2015
Top 25: UWO in control; Mount hits 100
UW-Oshkosh secured its grip on first place in the WIAC, while Mount Union won its 100th regular...
October 24, 2015
Linfield seizes command of NWC title race, tops Whitworth 52-10
Spencer Payne piles up 224 all-purpose yards and the Linfield defense records eight sacks in a 52-10...
October 22, 2015
Linfield’s father figure
Sam Riddle's experience and maturity at quarterback for the Wildcats may well have its source in his...
October 17, 2015
Second-half eruption carries Linfield past Willamette 49-7
Linfield scores 28 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth on the way to clinching the...
September 19, 2015
Linfield runs roughshod on Redlands, 44-7
Four turnovers translate into 23 points for No. 3 Linfield, which beats Redlands to push its home...
September 12, 2015
Third-ranked Linfield spanks No. 22 Chapman 52-14
The Wildcats' offense sputters at times but defense and special teams more than make up for it with...
December 16, 2014
Former Linfield coach returns to NWC
Back when the Stagg Bowl used to occasionally be won by someone else, but still a team wearing...
December 11, 2014
Linfield's D the difference in 2014
The Linfield defense gave up the final 28 points of the game last season when Linfield and UW-Whitew...
December 6, 2014
Semis set: Linfield, UW-Whitewater, Wesley, Mount go on
UW-Whitewater had to rally to beat Wartburg, while Mount Union survived John Carroll, Linfield...
November 29, 2014
Wrapup: Linfield advances, Hobart, John Carroll hold on
Hobart got an interception on its own 2-yard line with 15 seconds left and John Carroll survived a...
November 26, 2014
W&J feels Linfield's pain
On the other side of the bracket and the country is a Presidents team who understands what the...
November 25, 2014
Breaking out of the crowd
Sometimes after a tough week, there's nothing you'd like to do better than to play a game, and in...
November 22, 2014
UMHB bracket: Late kicks give MAC split
Widener lived by the late field goal, but Delaware Valley died by it as Christopher Newport's Mason...
November 22, 2014
Playing for Parker Moore
With their fallen teammate watching from above, the Linfield Wildcats roll up 505 yards in a 55-24...
November 16, 2014
Linfield player killed
Linfield football player Parker Moore was stabbed late Saturday night at a convenience store across...
November 15, 2014
Linfield silences Pacfic 59-0
Spencer Payne and Sam Riddle combine for 223 rushing yards as Linfield claims its sixth straight...
November 8, 2014
Linfield thumps Puget Sound 73-10, nears sixth straight NWC title
Spencer Payne returns to the lineup after a four-week layoff and gains 112 all-purpose yards,...
November 1, 2014
Jones, Bearcats shock Wildcats 31-28
Dylan Jones runs for 166 yards and three touchdowns as Willamette halts Linfield's 41-game regular-s...
October 18, 2014
Linfield beats Whitworth with ease, 65-13
Sam Riddle passes for five scores and runs for another, and Jeremy Girod has three tackles for loss,...
October 11, 2014
Wildcats flatten first-year Bruins 59-0
Linfield holds NWC neighbor George Fox to 82 total yards in the first football meeting between the...
October 4, 2014
Fisher falls, Carroll survives
Salisbury went up to Rochester and knocked off St. John Fisher in overtime, while John Carroll...
October 4, 2014
Linfield drubs PLU, takes NWC upper hand
QB Sam Riddle passes for four TDs, runs for another, and the Wildcat defense holds PLU to 81...
December 7, 2013
UW-Whitewater rallies in second half to knock off Linfield
Wisconsin-Whitewater wins a battle of unbeaten powerhouse programs, rallying from a 17-point deficit...
November 30, 2013
Wrapup: Linfield rallies, Bethel survives, Fisher rolls
Linfield scored the final 28 points to rally from a 21-3 deficit, while Bethel lost its starting...
November 30, 2013
Linfield fends off upset bid, advances to quarterfinals
Linebacker Dominique Forrest fuels a second-half comeback as Linfield overcomes a 21-3 deficit to...
November 27, 2013
For trip to Linfield, Tigers must adjust on the fly
Hampden-Sydney has been playing with its backs against the wall for weeks, but boarding a plane from...
November 23, 2013
Wesley wins in final minute, JCU out
The first round of playoffs had a couple of thrillers, with Ithaca, Franklin and Wesley rallying, as...
November 23, 2013
'Cats thump Lutes 42-21, advance to second round
Dominique Forrest keys a smothering defense that piles up three sacks, two interceptions and a...
November 16, 2013
Wildcats' fourth quarter TDs send Boxers to the mat
Josh Yoder runs for three scores and Linfield fends off an upset bid by Pacific to complete its...
November 9, 2013
Linfield earns share of fifth straight NWC crown
With freshman Spencer Payne piling up 212 all-purpose yards and senior Tyler Robitaille making plays...
November 2, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Mount Union passes test, UWW passes another
Mount Union fended off Heidelberg in a battle of Top 10 teams and UW-Whitewater did the same to...
November 2, 2013
Linfield clobbers Willamette 56-15, closes in on NWC crown
Josh Yoder runs for four TDs and passes for two more scores, Josh Hill gains a season-high 164 yards...
October 30, 2013
Lockdown defense keys 'Cats
The Wildcats have held opponents under 10 points per game, helping the team race out to a 6-0 start...
October 26, 2013
Wildcats drub Pioneers 84-7 in highest scoring game in Linfield history
Unbeaten Linfield piles up 12 touchdowns on defenseless Lewis & Clark, eclipsing a team scoring...
October 19, 2013
Linfield beats Whitworth, secures 58th straight winning season
No. 2 Linfield rolls past Whitworth 51-17 to secure the program's 58th consecutive winning season,...
October 5, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Linfield smothers PLU, Wesley rallies
Linfield pulled away from Pacific Lutheran in the fourth quarter, No. 10 Wesley rallied past...
October 5, 2013
Linfield's fourth-quarter explosion buries PLU
Second-ranked Linfield rides its defense to a convincing victory over Northwest Conference challenge...
September 28, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Linfield rolls, PLU survives
Heading into next week's NWC showdown, the No. 2 Wildcats and No. 10 Lutes had significantly...
September 28, 2013
Linfield blanks Case Western 45-0
Michael MacClanathan recorded a team-high six tackles while Tyler Steele, Dominique Forrest and Tim...
September 21, 2013
Linfield wins Top 25 matchup easily
Josh Yoder passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns and Dominique Forrest contributes 15 tackles as...
September 18, 2013
Poll positions: There's some movement coming
The top of the poll didn't change much last week but Saturday's games could have a significant...
September 14, 2013
Linfield punishes Hardin-Simmons 71-21
New quarterback Josh Yoder passes for 350 yards and three scores and runs for another touchdown,...
May 14, 2013
Working hard
The other 240 teams might have an extra spring in their step after the news at Mount Union. And if...
December 1, 2012
Oshkosh breaks up a pack of purple
UW-Oshkosh continues its first-ever playoff run, moving to the semis with a comeback win in OT at...
December 1, 2012
UW-Oshkosh makes incredible comeback at Linfield
Nathan Smith blocked a potential game-winning field goal and Caleb Voss scored the winning points in...
November 30, 2012
On Linfield's journey, it's all secondary
Linfield's defensive backfield is a big reason why the Wildcats are appreciating another week of...
November 24, 2012
Wildcats pounce on Cardinals, advance with 30-14 win
Michael Link snags two interceptions deep in Linfield territory, helping the Wildcats defeat North...
November 17, 2012
Linfield converts turnovers into points, beats PLU 27-24
Though Linfield manages a season-low 249 yards, the Wildcats force five Pacific Lutheran turnovers...
November 11, 2012
Playoff bracket released!
Who will be Mount Union's biggest challenge on the way to Salem? What is the toughest bracket? Who...
November 10, 2012
'Cats clobber Pacific, head to playoffs on a roll
Four touchdown passes by Mickey Inns and three sacks from Brynnan Hyland enable Linfield to wrap up...
November 3, 2012
Linfield passes Puget Sound dizzy
Setting a single-game record with 541 passing yards, the third-ranked Wildcats beat the Loggers 47-7...
October 27, 2012
Linfield's perfect storm leaves Willamette all wet
Third-ranked Linfield holds high-flying Willamette to 108 yards and just five first downs in a 45-10...
October 20, 2012
No. 3 Linfield blanks Lewis & Clark for 23rd straight NWC win
John Shaffer scores three rushing touchdowns and the Wildcats drub The Pioneers 63-0 for the widest...
October 13, 2012
Linfield clinches 57th consecutive winning season
Led by Mickey Inns' five TD passes, and John Shaffer's 108 yards rushing, Linfield pounds Whitworth...
September 29, 2012
Shaffer, Wildcats spoil Lutes' upset bid
Freshman John Shaffer rushes for 83 yards and the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, Linfield...
September 19, 2012
Kickin' it ... like a golfer
With the game on the line and three missed field goals already under his belt, Linfield's Josh Kay...
September 15, 2012
Buff State knocks off three-time champs
Buffalo State's 1-minute drill got the win for the Bengals, while the Cru took their show on the...
September 11, 2012
Hey, it's you again
Linfield and Cal Lutheran have their annual regular season meeting this week. Even though Cal...
September 8, 2012
28-point Wildcat barrage buries Cowboys
Fifth-ranked Linfield scores four straight touchdowns in the second half to keep Hardin-Simmons...
September 1, 2012
Linfield chops Menlo down to size
Mickey Inns passes for two scores and catches a touchdown and Brynnan Hyland has two of Linfield's...
November 26, 2011
Second-half explosion knocks Linfield out of playoffs
Linfield leads Wesley 27-7 at halftime before the Wolverines erupt for 42 consecutive points to...
November 23, 2011
Coast to coast
Linfield faces nearly a 3,000 mile journey and a 9 a.m. PST kickoff -- such are the sidelights to...
November 19, 2011
Linfield outlasts CLU, advances to play Wesley in second round
Drew Fisher's touchdown-saving tackle and Tyler Steele's blocked field goal provide the measure of...
November 19, 2011
Linfield outlasts CLU, advances to play Wesley in second round
Drew Fisher's touchdown-saving tackle and Tyler Steele's blocked field goal provide the measure of...
November 17, 2011
Playoff picks, surprises, disappointments
It's our annual Around the Nation predictions column, where we say who will surprise and disappoint...
November 12, 2011
Linfield rolls L&C, clinches title, NCAA berth
The Wildcats race to a 37-0 lead on the way to a Northwest Conference title-clinching 47-14 victory...
October 29, 2011
Linfield avoids ambush at Menlo
Lucas Jepson hauls in two touchdown passes and the Wildcat defense surrenders just one big play in...
October 22, 2011
Turnovers spark Linfield to 45-7 win
Clearing another hurdle on its way to a third straight conference title, the Wildcats capitalize on...
October 15, 2011
Linfield assured of record 56th consecutive winning season
Linfield doubles Pacific's offensive output, 477-228, and the Wildcats crush the Boxers 49-6 to...
October 8, 2011
Wildcats roll up 73 points on defenseless Loggers
Six first-half turnovers spell doom for Puget Sound as Linfield sets a post-war scoring record on...
September 24, 2011
Linfield flattens La Verne 52-3
Mickey Inns passes for a career-best 210 yards and three touchdowns and the Wildcats play a...
September 13, 2011
Linfield off on the right foot
The right to earning home field advantage in the playoffs can start early. Wildcats safety Drew...
November 27, 2010
St. Thomas, Linfield wage epic battle
The Tommies threw four interceptions in five possessions but got the last takeaway in a 24-17...
November 26, 2010
Second round has big showdowns
The rankings suggest these two games should take place in December, not November. But the bracket...
November 20, 2010
Wildcats sack Kingsmen, advance to play at St. Thomas
Eric Hedin totals six tackles for loss, including three sacks and Simon Lamson scores four TDs as...
November 13, 2010
Linfield primes for playoff run, drubs Lewis & Clark 52-0
Playing without star quarterback Keith Welch, the Pioneers are smothered by the Wildcat defense,...
October 30, 2010
'Cats put the squeeze on the Oaks, win 38-0
Led by Eric Hedin's three sacks, No. 12 Linfield holds Menlo to 187 total yards on the way to the...
October 16, 2010
Linfield overwhelms Pacific 66-14
Five different quarterbacks see action for Linfield, which comes within three points of equaling a...
October 7, 2010
Wish you were here
Odds are you weren't at some of the big games last week, and certainly you weren't at three of them....
October 2, 2010
Tommies end rivalry losing streak
St. Thomas survived a missed PAT in regulation and got it back in OT, while Eau Claire won in OT....
October 2, 2010
Linfield swats Willamette 35-7 in early season showdown
Aaron Boehme has a hand in five touchdowns, Eric Hedin makes a game-high six tackles, and No. 16...
September 30, 2010
A weekend that defies naming
Never before have the D-III football gods rained down on us a dozen games with major conference...
September 23, 2010
Septembers to remember
By philosophy or necessity, there are some pretty front-loaded schedules. This week's Around the...
September 11, 2010
Cal Lu runs past Linfield
No. 24 Cal Lutheran scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and rallied from a 28-7 deficit to upset...
August 20, 2010
Ending purple's reign
There's one question on every contender's mind in Division III football: How do we keep UW-Whitewate...
August 5, 2010
Warhawks start out on top
UW-Whitewater has won the title before, but even then, the Warhawks lost Justin Beaver and Danny...
August 3, 2010
Linfield picked to repeat in NWC
Defending champion Linfield is a unanimous choice to repeat as Northwest Conference football...
March 16, 2010
Football is coming to George Fox
Football is returning to George Fox for the first time since 1968, as the Division III school's...
September 15, 2009
Linfield back on track
The playoff drought in McMinnville, Ore., could finally be over.
September 20, 2007
Wild weekend at the Catdome
So this weekend’s trip to Linfield led me to the conclusion that having
December 1, 2005
Eager for another shot
Linfield and UW-Whitewater are meeting for the first time ever and Bridgewater hasn’t played...
December 18, 2004
Linfield win opens the door
When Linfield's Kelley Bertrand wrapped up Mary Hardin-Baylor's Josh Welch in the backfield with 16...
December 17, 2004
From the man who's seen them both
In the case of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, hard data such as a common opponent is nearly unheard of....
September 17, 2004
Searching high and low for games
If Jay Locey had his druthers, he wouldn't be taking his second-ranked Linfield squad 1,600 miles to...
December 1, 2000
The story behind the Miracle in the Mud
We've all seen the video and heard the play-by-play of the end of the Linfield/Central game. Now...
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