BEARCATS SET UP NWC SHOWDOWN WITH 28-17 WIN OVER WHITWORTH

SALEM, OR — Quentin Brock scored three touchdowns and Cameron Walton threw for 246 yards as the Willamette University football team piled up 557 yards of total offense in defeating the Whitworth Pirates 28-17 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday at McCulloch Field.

Willamette is now 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the Northwest Conference, setting up a title game against the No. 2 ranked Linfield College next Saturday in McMinnville. Game-time is 1 p.m.

Brock scored all three of his touchdowns in the final 17 minutes of the game. He rushed for 146 yards on 24 carries as the Bearcats came back from a 10-7 halftime deficit.

Brock’s game-winning 3-yard touchdown came midway through the fourth quarter to cap a 6-play, 57-yard drive. The big play of the drive came when Walton hit Ryan Hernandez with a 41-yard pass play on a third and nine. That catch brought the Bearcats to the 15-yard line and Brock scored three plays later to put the Bearcats up 20-10.

Whitworth came right back with a touchdown on its next possession. The 8-play, drive featured a 41-yard run by Kyle Snell before a Chris Ahsing one-yard TD run pulled the Pirates to within 20-17.

The Bearcats iced the game on their next drive, using an 8-play, 68-yard drive to eat up the clock before Brock’s one-yard run put the Bearcats ahead 28-17 following a two-point conversion pass to Bryon Holloway. Ryan Hernandez has two carries for 21 yards on the drive and Brock added a 49-yard carry to highlight the game’s final score.

In the first half, it looked like the Bearcats would roll when they took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in ten plays to go up 7-0. Steve Wilbon had a 14-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage, and Walton hit senior Brett Meyer with a 22-yard pass to set up Hernandez’s four-yard TD run.

But the rest of the first half belonged to Whitworth as the Bearcats missed a pair of field goals.

Whitworth used a 20-yard field goal from Cam Collings to get back into the game in the final seconds of the first quarter, capping an 8-play 61-yard drive including a 45-yard rush from Jared Thomas.

The Pirates took the lead early in the second quarter when Quarterback Joel Clark hit Kyle Snell with a four-yard TD pass to finish off a 7-play, 80-yard drive.

Brock and the Bearcat defense took over in the second half as the Bearcats outscored Whitworth 21-7 after the break.

For the game, Whitworth had 435 yards of total offense to 557 for Willamette. The Pirates had 207 yards rushing to 246 for Willamette.

Clark was 19-38 passing for 228 yards. Thomas had nine catches for 122 yards.
Walton finished the game 15 of 21 and 246 yards. Meyer had seven catches for 143 yards.

Brock’s 146 yards on 24 carries paced Willamette. Keyser-Allen added 68 yards on nine carries. For Whitworth, Clark carried 15 times for 67 yards and Snell had two carries for 60 yards.

Defensively, Medgy Khoury had 11 tackles, three for losses to lead Willamette. Logan Lord added ten tackles. Wes Randall had seven tackles and an interception at the Bearcat four-yard line to thwart an early Whitworth drive. Blake Cam recovered a fumble.

For Whitworth, Phillip Entel had 14 tackles ands Nick Kuntz and Daniel Jones had 11 each.

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