Pacific Lutheran scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter, including a 52-yard fumble recovery for a score by Colby Davies, and carried that momentum to beat Whitworth 39-21 in Northwest Conference play Saturday in Puyallup, Wash.
Jord Rasmussen threw three TD passes in the first half and finished with 214 yards on 16-of-22 passing to lead the Lutes (4-0, 2-0).
Adam Anderson’s 204 all-purpose yards and two TDs led the Pirates, but it was not enough as they fell to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
After falling behind 25-0, Whitworth found the end zone with 1:53 remaining in the first half on a 14-yard TD run by Anderson.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play gave PLU good field position on its ensuing drive. The Lutes took advantage, driving 57 yards on four plays for the score to take a 33-7 lead into halftime.
Anderson scored his second rushing touchdown in the third quarter to draw the Pirates to within 19. On the drive, Anderson carried the ball six times for 37 yards, punching it in from 3 yards out for the score.
Anderson tallied 136 of his all-purpose yards on the ground on 28 carries.
The Pirates didn’t make any more headway in the third quarter. PLU answered on its next drive, with Isaac Moog catching a 36-yard touchdown pass from Greg Ford to move the Lutes ahead by 25.
The Lutes held Whitworth to 133 net rushing yards, despite allowing 136 to Anderson on the ground.
The Pirates have a bye next weekend before traveling to Forest Grove, Ore., to play Pacific on Oct. 23.
Central Washington 27, Southern Oregon 0: Freshman Levi Taylor (Lewis and Clark High) piled up 106 all-purpose yards in his first collegiate game and quarterback Ryan Robertson passed for 322 yards and three TDs as the Wildcats (4-3) shut down the Raiders (2-4) in nonconference play in Ellensburg.
Taylor, who had been CWU’s third-string back, had six receptions for 62 yards and 10 carries for 44 yards. Robertson completed 29 of 38 passes.
The CWU defense held the Raiders to just 112 yards of total offense, while tallying 432 yards.
Linfield 55, Puget Sound 14: Simon Lamson and Aaron Boehme combined for 192 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Wildcats (3-1, 2-0) rolled over the Loggers (1-4, 0-2) in Northwest Conference action in Tacoma. Boehme added 220 yards and two scores through the air on 10-of-18 passing for the Wildcats.
George Ka’ai’s 70 passing yards with a TD led UPS.