TACOMA, Washington – Jewell Day finished with a career-high 250 receiving yards, and Murdock Rutledge tied his career-best mark in passing touchdowns as the Puget Sound football team beat Pacific Lutheran, 45-23, in Baker Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Loggers (4-2, 2-1 NWC) are 4-0 at home this season. The victory over Pacific Lutheran (1-4, 0-3 NWC) marks the Loggers' second consecutive win over the Lutes. It's the first time the Loggers have won consecutive games against the Lutes since 1978-79. Puget Sound retains the Totem Pole Trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual Loggers-Lutes showdown.
The 45 points scored is Puget Sound's highest-ever points total in the storied rivalry against PLU.
Day totaled 250 yards on 11 receptions and two touchdowns. He finished 22 receiving yards shy of tying Adam Kniffin's school record for most receiving yards in a game.
Rutledge threw five touchdown passes to four different players, and he totaled 435 yards through the air.
Day's first touchdown came in the first quarter when he caught a screen pass from Rutledge and then sprinted 78 yards down the near sideline to tie the game, 7-7. His second touchdown reception was a 73-yard play early in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach, 38-16.
As good as the offense was for Puget Sound, Saturday was arguably the Loggers' best defensive game of the season. The Loggers forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Brody Pearman, Michael Zabran, and Aaron Fisher. On the other side of the ball, Puget Sound did not commit a turnover.
Although the Loggers entered the game leading the Northwest Conference in sacks, Dwight Jackson recorded Puget Sound's lone sack against PLU.
Alex Everett played a pivotal role the Loggers' battle for field position. He landed five punts inside the Lutes' 20-yard line, including a ball that was downed at the one-yard line by Heimbach. Everett also made all six point-after attempts.
The Loggers return to Baker Stadium to host defending NWC Champion Whitworth next Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m.