Bearcats Fall to Menlo, 41-19

Atherton Calif. — Menlo College rolled up 464 yards in total offense, scoring 27 points in the second and third quarters as they handed the Willamette University football team its second loss of the seasons, 41-19, on Saturday.

The Oaks scored first on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Frank Borba to Marvin Stickel midway through the first quarter, capping a 12 play-71 yard drive. The Bearcats (2-2) responded three minutes later when Greg Reed busted loose on a 53-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

Menlo’s defense gave the Oaks the lead for good early in the second quarter when Andre O’Neill picked off a Bearcat pass and returned it two yards for a 14-7 Menlo lead.

With only 57 seconds left in the first half, Menlo scored again on a 14-yard pass from Borba to Justin Rhodes. That capped a 7-play, 79-yard drive as time was expiring in the half.

The Bearcats opened the second half scoring after recovering a fumble on the Menlo one-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Tyler Gaspard plunged into the end zone with just under 13 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

But the Oaks scored the next two touchdowns — one on a 17-yard run by Duane Miller and another on Stickel’s second touchdown catch of the game — to take a 34-13 lead.

Quarterback Quentin Brock scored on an 11 yard run late in the third quarter. But the Bearcats were shut down in the final quarter while Menlo tacked on one more score on Miller’s two-yard TD run.

For the game, the Bearcats had 295 yards rushing and 375 total yards of offense. Brock led the way with 104 yards on 11 carries. Reed’s only carry was good for the 53-yard TD run.

The Bearcats lost four fumbles and suffered three interceptions. Menlo’s Miller cracked the 2000-yard rushing mark for his career.

The Bearcats return to the friendly confines of McCulloch Stadium next Saturday when they host Chapman. The Bearcats open NWC play the following week against Whitworth.