The comeback elated Puget Sound football coach Jeff Thomas.
And the final drive deflated him and the entire Loggers sideline.
After trailing big, UPS rallied to take a lead late in the fourth quarter.
But Pacific ended the game on a 21-play, 83-yard scoring drive that netted a 39-35 victory over the Loggers on Saturday afternoon in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Kobe Williams, the Northwest Conference’s top receiver, hauled in his third touchdown pass with 31 seconds to go — a 3-yarder from Campbell Summerfield.
UPS got near midfield in the final seconds, but the game ended on a Hans Fortune incompletion.
The Loggers trailed 32-14 entering the fourth quarter, but were sparked by Austin Wagner’s 85-yard catch-and-run that set up Fortune’s 3-yard scoring pass to Dustin Harrison.
Six minutes later, the Loggers (3-6, 1-6) were back in the end zone on Fortune’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Sean Whaley, and suddenly Pacific’s lead was 32-27 with 9:04 to go.
And 53 seconds later, UPS safety Jacob Wuesthoff picked off Summerfield and ran it back 47 yards for a go-ahead score.
“(Wuesthoff) did a good job of playing deep coverage and baiting the throw,” Thomas said. “He came across field and made an amazing play.”
The final drive by Pacific (4-6, 3-4) ate up 7:34 on the clock.
“We just could not get that last stop as much as our players were trying to,” Thomas said.”
Fortune passed for 333 yards and four touchdowns in his final game. He became Puget Sound’s all-time passing leader in yardage (6,852) and touchdowns (58).
At No. 7 Linfield 27, Pacific Lutheran 10: Sam Riddle threw for 367 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Wildcats rallied in McMinnville, Oregon, to win their 17th consecutive game against the Lutes.
The Lutes grabbed a 10-0 lead on Dallan Rodriguez’s 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Linfield rallied to tie it at 10-10 before PLU went on a long drive late in the third quarter — sparked by Jon Schaub’s 62-yard pass to Marc Gallant that got the offense to the Linfield 18.
The drive stalled, and PLU (5-4, 4-3) came away empty after Rodriguez missed a 36-yard field-goal attempt.
Riddle’s first pass on the Wildcats’ next drive was a 56-yarder that set up Willy Warner’s 34-yard field goal to give Linfield a 13-10 lead with 1:38 to go in the third quarter. The Wildcats (8-1, 7-0), the NWC champions, never trailed after that.
PLU’s Kellen Westering hauled in a career-best nine passes for 46 yards, but was held out of the end zone.
At Claremont 1, PLU 0: The Lutes’ first loss of the season came in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Senior midfielder Emily Cassell scored the only goal in the third minute of the game in Claremont, California. She hadn’t scored a goal all season. Both teams struggled to find open shots. Of the 12 shots taken by the Athenas, two were on goal.