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Willamette defeats Whitworth

Whitworth's Layton Brown Led Whitworth with 13 tackles (Photo: Whitworth Athletics) Whitworth's Layton Brown Led Whitworth with 13 tackles (Photo: Whitworth Athletics)

by Whitworth Athletics

SALEM, Ore. - The Whitworth University offense could not make the big play when it had the opportunity, and the Pirate defense could not make the key play when it had to in Saturday's 42-13 loss at Willamette University in a Northwest Conference football contest at McCulloch Stadium.

The Pirates dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the NWC, while the defending NWC champion Bearcats (ranked 18th in the latest D3football.com poll) improved to 4-1, 1-0.

The course of the game may have been determined late in the first quarter. After Willamette went 51 yards in three plays to score after Andrew Durant's (So., QB, Spokane, Wash.) second interception of the season, Durant overthrew Eric Entel (Sr., WR, Clarkston, Wash.) who was wide open streaking down field. On the next play, Adam Anderson (Sr., RB, Elk, Wash.) was stripped of the ball as he fought for extra yards and Ralph Pineda returned the fumble 14 yards for a touchdown.

Despite a 12:42-2:18 advantage in first quarter time of possession and a 63-48 edge in total offense, the Pirates trailed 14-0 after the first period.

Early in the second quarter Whitworth had first down in the Willamette red zone. But the Pirates stalled and Andy Largent (Sr., WR/PK, Spokane, Wash.) missed a 35 yard field goal.

Late in the half Whitworth had Willamette at its own two yard line after Zack Clow's (Jr., P, Blanchard, Idaho) 44-yard punt. But the Bearcats steadily drove 98 yards for a score, converting five straight third downs - include a 3rd and 15. The 20 yard touchdown pass from Kevin Ramay to Scott Schoettgen came on third and ten.

Willamette scored on its first drive of the second half for a 28-0 lead. The Bearcats' touchdown came on fourth and six at the Whitworth 24 yard line when Brian Widing passed to Chad Pollard to complete the 55 yard drive.

Whitworth went 72 yards in seven plays the first time it had the ball in the second half to get on the board. Durant passed 35 yards to Entel for his seventh TD pass of the season. The PAT was blocked.

Willamette then used a 15-play, 63 yard drive that took almost seven minutes to essentially put the game away. Once again the Bearcats converted several third downs to keep possession, the final on third and goal at the 14 when Ramay hit Schoettgen for the score.

Milton Nelson (Sr., RB, Spokane, Wash.) got Whitworth within 35-13 with a one-yard scoring run with 11:05 to play to finish off a 53 yard drive. But the on-sides kick attempt was unsuccessful and Willamette went 48 yards for its final score. Ramay ran in from four yards away with 6:32 to go.

The Bearcats outgained the Pirates 340-230 and finished with a 34:39 - 25:21 edge in time of possession. Perhaps most critical, Willamette had a 3-0 advantage in turnovers.

Anderson, making his return from an ankle sprain suffered in the second game of the season, gained 32 yards on 11 carries as the Pirates were held to 68 net yards rushing. Durant completed 12 of 19 passes for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Entel caught eight passes for 127 yards, both career-high numbers.

The Bearcats ran for 180 yards, led by Deon Horne's 92 yards. He carried in from 26 yards out for Willamette's first TD of the game. Ramay completed 9 of 11 passes for 124 yards with two scores, while Widing was 3 of 5 for 36 yards and a touchdown. Schoettgen caught five passes for 90 yards.

Layton Brown (Jr., LB, Kennewick, Wash.) led all players with 13 tackles, including two for losses of six yards. Paul Werhane (Jr., LB, Beaverton, Ore.) and Jeff Erlenmeyer (Jr., DE, Moses Lake, Wash.) had nine tackles each.

Pineda led Willamette with 11 tackles, to go along with his fumble return for a touchdown.

Whitworth will have to regroup quickly as the Pirates head home to host 8th-ranked Linfield College next Saturday in the Pine Bowl

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