Brock Leads Bearcats to 21-19 Win Over UPS

SALEM, OR — Quentin Brock scored one touchdown and set up a second score — and the Bearcat defense stopped a two-point conversions that would have tied the game with 1:24 to play — as the Willamette University football team won its Northwest Conference opener with a 21-19 win over the University of Puget Sound.

Down 21-6, UPS scored twice in the final five minutes and were but a two-point conversion away from tying the game with 1:24 to play. An interference call gave the Loggers a second chance at the conversion from the 1-yard line. But quarterback Andy Carlson was hit just as he pitched the ball and a swarm of Bearcat defenders made sure running back Rory Lee didn’t get close to the end zone.

Brock, who missed the last two games due to an injury, entered the game in the third quarter and fired up a sputtering Bearcat offense. On his fist carry from the Bearcat’s own 44, he raced 30 yards. Two more Brock carries took the ball to the five-yard line. Then quarterback Cameron Walton faked to Brock and swept around left end for a touchdown to put the Bearcats up 7-6 with 5:54 to play in the third quarter.

It was the first rushing touchdown against the Loggers all season.

Ryan Hernandez got the second just two minutes later when he raced 64 yards on his first carry of the game to put the Bearcats up 14-6 after Matt Bicocca’s extra point.

Brock scored on a one-yard run with 5:38 to play, capping an eight play, 43-yard drive to put the Bearcats up 21-6, and it looked like the game was over.

But UPS responded on its next possession when Carlson hit Aaron Bean with a 70-yard touchdown pass to pull the Loggers within eight at 21-13.

Carlson struck again with 1:24 to play, hitting Eddie Behringer with a 17-yard TD strike to pull within two. Then the Bearcat defense took over, stuffing the two-point conversion. It was the second time in the game the Bearcats stopped the Loggers inside the two-yard line.

The first came on the Logger’s second possession of the game. Willamette fumbled the opening kickoff and UPS promptly scored on a one-yard Carlson run to put UPS up 6-0. On the Bearcat’s next possession, another fumble gave the ball back to UPS. But the Loggers failed on a fourth and goal from the one-yard line and the game remained scoreless until Brock’s heroics in the third quarter.

For the game, Willamette piled up 388 yards in total offense, 282 on the ground. Brock led the way with 90 yards on 13 carries. Hernandez rushed for 78 yards in only 3 carries. Walton completed 712 passes for 106 yards and no interceptions.

For UPS, Carlson threw for 192 yards on 8-22 passing. He threw for two touchdowns and one interception (by Matt Perez). He also led UPS in rushing with 49 yards on 17 carries. UPS had 319 yards in total offense.

Brock Quentin

Brock Quentin