Historic rivalry continues in Baker Stadium Saturday

Photo by Jonathan Allen
Photo by Jonathan Allen

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound football program joins the nation in celebrating 150 years of college football when the Loggers welcome their oldest rivals to Baker Stadium Saturday, Oct. 19. Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran kickoff at 1 p.m. in a Northwest Conference battle.

 

 WHO 

 Puget Sound vs. Pacific Lutheran 

 WHERE 

 Tacoma, Wash. | Baker Stadium 

 WHEN 

 Saturday, Oct. 19 | 1 p.m. 

 LIVE

 Stats | Video

 

The kickoff to kickoff all kickoffs

The first-ever college football game was between Rutgers and New Jersey (now known as Princeton), Nov. 6, 1869. Each team consisted of 25 players, and the game then was more similar to rugby. Rutgers beat New Jersey, 6-4.

 

Long-time rivals         

Saturday's contest marks the 93rd meeting between the Loggers and the team from Parkland. The Loggers have not competed against any school more than they have against Pacific Lutheran. Puget Sound's all-time record against PLU is 45-42-5. Through the years, the Loggers and the Lutes have squared off in the Tacoma Dome, King Dome (Seattle), Lincoln Bowl, Sparks Stadium (Puyallup), and Baker Stadium.

 

Totem Trophy

The winner of the annual showdown between the Loggers and Lutes earns the right to the Totem Trophy. The unique prize is a replica of the Totem Pole in Tacoma, which was erected in May 1903 – just in time for President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to the Grit City.

 

National leader

For the second consecutive week, AJ Johnson leads all NCAA football players in receptions per game. His average of 12.2 catches of per game leads all competitors at the D-III, D-II, FCS, and FBS levels. The next closest mark is 10.4 catches per game by Houston Baptist's Jerreth Sterns (FCS). Adam Kniffin holds Puget Sound's all-time single-season receptions record with 91 catches during the 2011 season. Johnson is on pace for 122 receptions this fall. So far he has 14 catches against Claremont-M-S, five at Redlands, 16 against La Verne, 15 against George Fox, and 11 at the No. 23 Wildcats. Last year Johnson set the Puget Sound record for most receiving yards in a season (1,096).

 

Recent history

Puget Sound beat Pacific Lutheran in overtime, 28-21, for a thrilling 2018 Homecoming victory. The Loggers got the first possession of overtime, and Murdock Rutledge connected with Jewell Day for the go-ahead touchdown. Jason Clayton sealed the victory by intercepting a PLU pass in the end zone. The Loggers and Lutes have each won two games in their last four head-to-head battles.  

 

Sack leaders

The Logger defense continues to lead the NWC in sacks, as the squad enters this weekend with 15 on the season. Jordan Ubaldo leads all NWC players with 4.5 sacks, and Hayden Baumann is in the top 10 with 2.5 sacks.

 

Scouting Pacific Lutheran (1-3, 0-2 NWC)

After opening the season with a win over Cal Lutheran, the Lutes have suffered three consecutive losses (Claremont-M-S, Lewis & Clark, George Fox). In the NWC, PLU ranks last in points per game (15.5), yards per game (221.0), and third-down percentage (26-percent). The defense, however, ranks fourth in points allowed (24.8). Cody Brown's 63.8 rushing yards per game ranks third in the conference.