Willamette Bearcats

Overall record: 7-4 - Conference: 4-1
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/4 vs. Western Ore. W, 38-21
9/11 at Mary Hardin-Baylor L, 25-22
9/18 at Eastern Oregon L, 20-13
9/25 vs. Menlo • W, 28-14
10/2 vs. Puget Sound * • W, 21-19
10/16 vs. Lewis and Clark * • W, 55-6
10/23 at Southern Ore. W, 21-10
10/30 at Pacific Lutheran * • W, 26-21
11/6 vs. Whitworth * • W, 28-17
11/13 at Linfield * • L, 48-14
11/20 at Occidental L, 28-14
Overall record: 7-4 - Conference: 4-1
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
10/2 vs. Puget Sound * • W, 21-19
10/16 vs. Lewis and Clark * • W, 55-6
10/30 at Pacific Lutheran * • W, 26-21
11/6 vs. Whitworth * • W, 28-17
11/13 at Linfield * • L, 48-14

2004

Schools Conf All
Linfield 5-0 13-0
Willamette 4-1 7-4
Whitworth 3-2 7-2
Pacific Lutheran 2-3 6-3
Puget Sound 1-4 5-4
Menlo 0-0 1-7
Lewis and Clark 0-5 1-8

What We're Reading

  • »George Fox just months away
  • For the better part of the past 50 years, football during fall Saturdays has been a missing piece of "the George Fox experience." That ends in September.
  • »Conner Mertens came out
  • A kicker at Willamette, Mertens came out as bisexual to his team last night. He now comes out publicly in hopes of inspiring other LGBT athletes to come out and be true to themselves.
  • »Learning to love the purple powers
  • Some bemoan the fact that Mount Union and Whitewater always end up on opposite sides of the playoff bracket. To which I say, that?s the way it should be.

Past Records

2014 (1-0, 0-0 NWC)
2013 (7-2, 4-2 NWC)
2012 (8-2, 4-2 NWC)
2011 (4-6, 3-3 NWC)
2010 (7-3, 4-2 NWC)
2009 (8-2, 5-1 NWC)
2008 (11-1, 6-0 NWC)
2007 (4-6, 3-3 NWC)
2006 (2-7, 2-4 NWC)
2005 (5-4, 3-1 NWC)
2004 (7-4, 4-1 NWC)
2003 (7-3, 4-1 NWC)
2002 (6-4, 3-2 NWC)
2001 (4-5, 2-3 NWC)
2000 (3-7, 0-5 NWC)
1999 (7-4, 5-0 NWC)

Team Quick Facts

Willamette

Bearcats

Coach: Mark Speckman (Azusa Pacific '77)
Conference: NWC
Enrollment: 1746
Location: Salem, OR
Colors: Cardinal, Gold
Stadium: McCulloch Field (2400)
Surface: Turf

News Releases

September 13, 2014
Willamette Pulls Away from Trinity in Second Half for 34-10 Homecoming Win
Willamette outscored Trinity 21-0 in the second half to win the season opener and Homecoming Game...
November 16, 2013
Willamette Rolls Up 690 Yards, as Bearcats Move Past Puget Sound, 62-20
The Bearcats gained 345 rushing yards and 345 passing yards against the Loggers. Taylor Wyman...
November 9, 2013
Dean Leads Fourth Quarter Rally, as Willamette Surges Past Pacific, 21-17
Quarterback Josh Dean of Willamette completed 8 of 9 passes in the fourth quarter for 155 yards and...
September 14, 2013
Smith Scores Winning Touchdown, as Bearcats Slip Past Sewanee, 33-28
Junior wide receiver Beau Smith caught two touchdown passes for Willamette, including a 36-yard...
August 12, 2013
Best road trips: Week 6
You could get three games on the East Coast, but a rare West Coast Friday night game gives us reason...
November 10, 2012
Bearcats Shut Out Loggers, 55-0, as Offense Gains 572 Yards
Josh Dean completed 33 of 49 passes for 358 yards and 4 TDs, and also rushed for two touchdowns, to...
November 3, 2012
Jones Scores on 1-yard Run with 27 Seconds Left, as Bearcats Edge Boxers, 35-31
Willamette drives 76 yards on 10 plays in just 1:59 to score winning touchdown with 0:27 remaining...
October 13, 2012
Willamette Pulls Away from Lewis & Clark, 56-20
Josh Dean threw for five touchdown passes against Lewis & Clark to set a Willamette single-seaso...
October 9, 2012
Change does Willamette good
For the Bearcats, it's out with the Fly, in with letting the ball fly. After the departure of...
October 6, 2012
Willamette Downs Whitworth, 38-24, as Knecht Scores on Three TD Passes
Bearcats outscore Pirates 24-7 in the second half to rally for a 17-14 halftime deficit. Josh Dean...
September 29, 2012
Bearcats Rally from 10-Point Deficit to Edge Past Sewanee, 28-24
Willamette rallied from a 24-14 deficit to win at Sewanee, 28-24. Quarterback Josh Dean threw for...
September 22, 2012
Willamette Offense Gains 559 Yards as Bearcats Pull Away from Pacific, 51-17
Josh Dean threw for four touchdowns and the Willamette secondary grabbed four interceptions to send...
September 14, 2012
Willamette Builds 25-Point Halftime Lead, Defeats East Texas Baptist, 38-24
Willamette led 28-3 in the first half, held off a second-half charge by East Texas Baptist and...
September 1, 2012
Dean Ties Record with Six TD Passes for Willamette in 58-34 Victory over Hardin-Simmons
Junior quarterback Josh Dean of Willamette tied a school record with six touchdown passes and just...
January 19, 2012
Willamette hire stays close to home
Glen Fowles never spoke the word "Fly" when talking about the offense Willamette will run....
January 11, 2012
Willamette's coach steps down
Mark Speckman announced he was stepping down as football coach at Willamette after 17 seasons.
November 5, 2011
Willamette Offense Rolls in 57-28 Victory over Lewis & Clark
Jake Knecht tied a school record with four touchdown catches on passes of 35, 51, 31 and 39 yards,...
October 15, 2011
Bearcats Intercept Five Passes in 49-31 Win over Puget Sound
Willamette built a 35-7 lead and intercepted five passes to defeat Puget Sound.
October 8, 2011
Seven Bearcats Score Touchdowns as Willamette Rolls Past Pacific, 49-7
Seven different Bearcats scored touchdowns and Willamette gained 464 total yards, in a 49-7 victory...
September 17, 2011
Knecht Scores on 67-yard Catch and 80-yard Run, as Willamette Wins 31-9
Willamette defeated in-state rival Southern Oregon behind two touchdowns from Jake Knecht. The...
April 14, 2011
Willamette to face D-I Portland State
Last year the Bearcats racked up the frequent flier miles. This year Willamette has seven home games...
November 13, 2010
Pacific Lutheran, Ranked #19, Nips Bearcats, 24-21
Pacific Lutheran scored on a 13-yard pass from Jordan Rasmussen to Tyler Bowen to defeat Willamette...
November 6, 2010
Schoettgen's Four TDs Lead Willamette Past Lewis & Clark, 65-24
Senior wide receiver Scott Schoettgen caught four touchdown passes in a span of just over 10 minutes...
October 30, 2010
Bearcats Run Past Whitworth, 28-12, to Improve to 6-2 on Season
Willamette University rushed for 310 yards and kept the ball for 41:22, as the Bearcats defeated...
October 23, 2010
Schoettgen Scores Three TDs as Willamette Downs Menlo, 32-15
Senior wide receiver Scott Schoettgen became Willamette's career touchdown reception leader after...
October 16, 2010
Bearcats Pull Away from Loggers in Second Half, 52-21
Willamette scores 35 points in the second half to turn a 17-14 halftime lead into a 52-21 victory...
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 Defeats Willamette, 35-7, in Battle of Ranked Teams
Linfield College scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to expand a 21-7 halftime lead, as the...
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 18, 2010
Big Plays Start Bearcats on Way to 42-24 Win over Southern Oregon
Willamette, ranked #13, scored three long touchdowns in the first half on its way to a 42-24 victory...
September 6, 2010
Breaking it all down
Get the first real analysis of the opening week of the season from Pat and Keith in the Around the...
September 4, 2010
In for a pounding
In a Week 1 without a great number of upsets, one ranked team did nonetheless make a statement...
September 4, 2010
Willamette 33, UW-Stevens Point 14
Willamette University got off to a slow start in its battle of nationally-ranked NCAA Division III...
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...
December 7, 2003
When Willamette went to war
After losing only to Idaho, the Bearcats were looking forward to a trip to Hawaii. Willamette and...