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  • Toughest job in D-III: Following the legend
    October 11, 2018
    Brant McAdams is not a Westering. He's not a Frosty Westering disciple. He's not an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran. But he's taken over one of the Division III programs most identified with its traditions, and so far, the Lutes, and their alumni, have responded. Adam Turer has more in Around the Nation.
  • McAdams named head PLU football coach
    February 20, 2018
    Frosty Westering, then his son Scott, coached Pacific Lutheran from 1972 through 2018. Trinity (Texas) assistant Brant McAdams will the first non-Westering to head that program in more than four decades.
  • PLU coach Scott Westering steps down
    November 16, 2017
    PLU announced on Wednesday the resignation of head football coach Scott Westering. A member of the PLU Hall of Fame, Westering has been involved with Lute athletics as a student-athlete and a coach. Westering began his tenure on the coaching staff in 1981 and has been the head coach for the last 14 seasons, compiling a record of 73-54.
  • PLU Football's Home Opener Canceled due to Hurricane Aftermath
    September 12, 2017
    The Pacific Lutheran University football team's scheduled home opener on Saturday against Warner University (Florida) has been canceled due to the fallout from Hurricane Irma.
  • Kingsmen Outlast Lutes 27-21 in Season Opener
    September 09, 2017
    Cole Chandler tossed a touchdown and ran for two more but it was not enough as the Pacific Lutheran University football team fell just short on Saturday night with host California Lutheran University holding on for the 27-21 victory under the lights at Rolland Stadium.
  • Lutes Bulldoze Boxers, 27-16
    October 01, 2016
    Defense ruled the day on Saturday at Sparks Stadium with the Pacific Lutheran University football team limiting Pacific University to a season low point total in the Lutes' 27-16 victory to open Northwest Conference play.
  • The phrase that stays
    September 25, 2014
    From DePauw Never Quits to Wabash Always Fights to Every Man a Lute, some Division III schools identify with a phrase that has lasted through the years. Ryan Tipps takes a look at some of those in Around the Nation.
  • Lutes hope for better luck second time around
    November 20, 2013
    “We’re definitely excited to get another shot,” said senior Jordan Patterson. “Each game we play, we have an opportunity to get better. And we’re going to be a better PLU team than the first time that we played them this year."
  • Platteville Pioneers pushed by prolific passing
    October 09, 2013
    UW-Platteville was tabbed to win this year’s conference title. At the clip that the Pioneers’ spread offense is scoring, it’s no wonder the other schools have so much respect for UW-P.
  • Top 25 wrap: Linfield rolls, PLU survives
    September 28, 2013
    Heading into next week's NWC showdown, the No. 2 Wildcats and No. 10 Lutes had significantly different Saturday wins. Plus St. John's and Widener fell. More in the Top 25 wrap.
  • Best road trips: Week 6
    August 12, 2013
    You could get three games on the East Coast, but a rare West Coast Friday night game gives us reason to head to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Appreciating Frosty Westering
    April 12, 2013
    Coaching in Division III was just a small part of Frosty Westering's career, but the former Pacific Lutheran coach made an impact on us, just as he did everyone he met. He passed away April 12.
  • PLU Gives Linfield All it Can Handle Before Falling, 27-24
    November 17, 2012
    McMINNVILLE, Ore. – An-end-of-game drive toward a tying field goal – or perhaps a winning touchdown – ended on a fourth down incompletion as Linfield held off Pacific Lutheran, 27-24, in an opening round game of the NCAA Division III football playoffs on Saturday at Maxwell Field.
  • Getting second life
    November 15, 2012
    There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific Lutheran, a key piece returns.
  • Ritchey Puts PLU in Passing Lane to Beat Menlo
    November 10, 2012
    ATHERTON, Calif. - Dalton Ritchey accounted for five touchdowns, including four passing, to lead Pacific Lutheran to a 38-21 non-conference football victory over the host Menlo College Oaks on Saturday afternoon.
  • Lutes Top Whitworth For Fifth Straight Victory
    November 03, 2012
    PUYALLUP - Scoring touchdowns on four of its first five possessions, Pacific Lutheran built an early lead Saturday afternoon and cruised to a 35-14 Northwest Conference football win over the visiting Whitworth Pirates at Sparks Stadium.
  • Lutes Score 35 Unanswered Points to Beat Loggers
    October 27, 2012
    TACOMA - Trailing 14-7 late in the second quarter, Pacific Lutheran scored 35 unanswered points to defeat the host Puget Sound Loggers, 41-14, in a Northwest Conference football game played in the rain on Saturday afternoon at Baker Stadium.
  • Lutes Make Statement in 41-27 Win Over Willamette
    October 20, 2012
    PUYALLUP - Quarterback Dalton Ritchey scored three rushing touchdowns, cornerback Tayler Angevine returned an interception 80 yards for a score, and Pacific Lutheran made a statement Saturday with a 41-27 Northwest Conference football win over nationally ranked Willamette at Sparks Stadium.
  • Lutes Built Big Lead, Beat Boxers by TKO
    October 13, 2012
    FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran took a 28-2 lead into the fourth quarter and added two late touchdowns as a knockout punch to beat the Pacific Boxers, 41-23, in a Northwest Conference football game played Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium.
  • Ritchey and Defense Lead PLU Past Lewis & Clark
    October 06, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. - Dalton Ritchey threw for three touchdowns and the Pacific Lutheran defense hassled dynamic Lewis & Clark quarterback Keith Welch throughout the game as the Lutes beat the host Pioneers, 31-14, in a Northwest Conference football game played Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium.
  • Classic PLU vs. Linfield Showdown Goes to 'Cats, 31-24
    September 29, 2012
    PUYALLUP - John Shaffer slipped away from a couple of tacklers, reversed field and raced 32 yards for the winning touchdown with about seven minutes left as No. 3-ranked Linfield held off Pacific Lutheran, 31-24, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium.
  • First Half Lead Carries Lutes Past Redlands, 28-14
    September 15, 2012
    REDLANDS - Dalton Ritchey passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns and Erik Hoium scored on an interception return as Pacific Lutheran beat Redlands, 28-14, in a non-conference football game played on a warm Saturday night at Ted Runner Stadium.
  • PLU Falls to Cal Lutheran in Season Opener
    September 08, 2012
    PUYALLUP - Visiting California Lutheran scored 20 unanswered points to break away from a tie and eventually defeat Pacific Lutheran, 37-23, in the Saturday football season opener for both teams at Sparks Stadium.
  • Lutes Build Early Lead, Hold On to Beat Pacific
    November 05, 2011
    PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran built a 35-0 lead in the third period and withstood a furious fourth quarter Pacific rally to defeat the visiting Boxers, 35-24, in a Northwest Conference football game played Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium.
  • Linfield Handles PLU in NWC Football Counter
    October 22, 2011
    McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield rolled up a big margin in total yards and took advantage of four Pacific Lutheran turnovers in running past the Lutes, 45-7, in a Northwest Conference football game played Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field.
  • 21-7 Final Makes It 23 of 24 for Lutes Over Loggers
    October 01, 2011
    PUYALLUP - Pacific Lutheran scored a touchdown in each of the final three quarters and kept Puget Sound off the scoreboard until the closing minutes Saturday in picking up a 21-7 Northwest Conference football win at Sparks Stadium.
  • Cal Lu's Big Offensive Day Too Much for PLU
    September 17, 2011
    MOORPARK, Calif. - Cal Lutheran rolled up 552 yards of total offense Saturday afternoon on the way to a 28-17 non-conference football win over the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes at Moorpark College's Griffin Stadium.
  • Playoffs or no, PLU does its job
    November 17, 2010
    There’s something about PLU that’s just captivating, whether their wacky warm-up routine, their demeanor on the field, their unfailingly positive head coach or their fans.
  • Keep Hope Alive: Lutes Beat Willamette, 24-21
    November 13, 2010
    PUYALLUP - Needing a touchdown to keep its national playoff hopes alive, Pacific Lutheran drove 76 yards and scored on Tyler Bowen's 13-yard reception with 1:10 remaining as the Lutes defeated the visiting Willamette Bearcats, 24-21, in a Northwest Conference football game played Saturday afternoon at Sparks Stadium.
  • PLU Football Beats Boxers in the Rain
    November 06, 2010
    FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away from upset-minded Pacific, 50-23, in a soggy Northwest Conference football game played Saturday night.
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24 Randolph-Macon 9-3 91  
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