Self-inflicted mistakes plagued the first half, but after halftime, the University of Puget Sound came out a different team in route to a 38-7 victory over Lewis & Clark. This was UPS’ first Northwest Conference home win since 2010 against Pacific.
“It’s a huge step in the right direction,” UPS head coach Jeff Thomas said. “Quite frankly, we’ve made a bunch of little steps in the right direction, I am glad to add this to the succession of them. Obviously we need to put a couple of these in a row to really feel good about it.”
Senior quarterback Braden Foley helped the Loggers offense rack up 474 total yards on 78 plays. The Loggers had 25 first downs.
Foley threw for 293 yards on 29 of 47 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. Foley’s main target was wide receiver Kevin Miller, who had 12 catches for 107 yards.
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Miller also added 72 punt-return yards, including one he took back 41 yards, before being tackled at the Lewis & Clark 3-yard line while leaping for the pylon.
Despite the overall success on offense, the Loggers (2-1; 1-0 NWC) accounted for two turnovers, 119 penalty yards and a 17-7 halftime lead over Lewis & Clark (0-4; 0-2).
“I think our guys just continued to believe in the plan and continued to believe in what we were trying to do,” Thomas said. “We just weren’t doing the little things correct that helped us beat Claremont a couple of weeks ago. We had to get back to doing the things that makes Logger football special.”
Defensively, UPS limited Lewis & Clark to 257 yards. The Loggers also had two sacks and one interception, which was returned 56 yards for a touchdown by sophomore defensive back Jake Wuesthoff.
The Loggers also forced Lewis & Clark into nine punts and just 4 of 16 on third downs and 0 of 2 on fourth down conversions. UPS also collected six tackles for loss.
Win the big home victory out of the way, Thomas and the Loggers will prepare for their homecoming game against Pacific next Saturday at 1 p.m.
“Pacific is extremely well coached,” Thomas said. “He’s done a great job for them. They’re a very physical brand of football and they’re going to make us play a very physical brand of football to compete with them. We’ll have to knock out all of those self-inflicted wounds in the first half to have a good chance against them.”