October 12, 2008 in Sports

Linfield slips past Whitworth


QB sets mark, passes Kitna

 Mike Reilly threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, setting an NCAA record in the process, as the Central Washington Wildcats (6-1, 5-0) routed the Western Washington Vikings (3-3, 3-2) 50-28 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in Seattle.

 After a safety gave CWU an early 2-0 lead, Reilly hit Sam Togar for a 10-yard touchdown.

 It gave Reilly his 41st consecutive game throwing a TD pass, an NCAA record, supplanting Bill Borchert, who had TDs in 40 straight games for Mount Union (D-III) from 1994-97.

 Reilly also passed Jon Kitna for most career TD passes at Central with his 100th.

Northwest Conference

League Overall
Pacific Lutheran1013
Puget Sound0122
Lewis & Clark0214

Saturday’s results

Gustavus Adolphus 24, Pacific Lutheran 14

Linfield 31, Whitworth 28

Menlo 35, Puget Sound 28

Willamette 76, Lewis & Clark 10

Coming Saturday

Linfield at Lewis and Clark, 1 p.m.

Puget Sound at Whitworth, 1 p.m.

Willamette at Pacific Lutheran, 1:30 p.m.

Scott Birkhofer booted a 36-yard field goal with 12 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the game and the Linfield Wildcats held off the Whitworth Pirates 31-28 in Northwest Conference football action on Saturday in McMinnville, Ore.

Whitworth (2-3, 0-2) suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since 2005.

The Pirates jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Adam Anderson’s 2-yard run at 9:44 in the first quarter.

Linfield (3-1, 2-0) bounced back and took a 14-7 lead on Reggie Ford’s 1-yard run with 4:48 left in the first and Taylor Skore’s 82-yard interception return with 3 seconds left.

Back came the Whits in the second quarter.

Anderson caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Mike Peck to knot the score at the 8:28 mark. McLane Stone picked off a Cole Franklin pass and returned it 92 yards to put the Pirates up 21-14 with 4:53 left in the second.

Linfield pulled even with 1:38 left on an 18-yard run by Franklin.

Ford put the Wildcats back on top at 6:23 in the third quarter on a 7-yard run. But Whitworth tied it a 28 when holder Chad Flett passed to Cameron Stroyan for a 3-yard TD after the snap for a field-goal attempt rolled to him.

The only scoring in the final period was by Birkhofer.

Menlo 35, Puget Sound 28: Quarterback Tony Rehn connected with Darrell Willis for a 72-yard TD with 2:16 left in the game to lead the Oaks (2-4, 1-1 NWC) over the Loggers (2-2, 0-1) in Atherton, Calif.

Gustavus Adolphus 24, Pacific Lutheran 14: Adam Lukes had a pair of short TD runs and the Golden Gusties (3-2) scored 21 unanswered points to beat the Lutes (1-3) in non-conference play in Puyallup, Wash.

PLU opened the game with an eight-play, 72-yard drive that culminated with Drew Griffin’s 8-yard TD run, but managed just 151 yards of offense the rest of the way.

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