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September 20, 2011

Lutes Prepare For Puget Sound During Bye Week

THIS WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University football team is idle this week after a 27-18 loss to the hands of No. 19 California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. After a season opening 27-0 shutout win against visiting Hamline University, the Lutes are now 1-1 through their first two games. This week, PLU begins preparation for its Northwest Conference opening game against rivals the University of Puget Sound. The game against UPS, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Wash., will be the 86th meeting between the two schools.

NATIONAL POLLS: Despite the Lutes loss last week to No. 19 Cal Lutheran, PLU is still receiving votes in two national polls. D3football.com's national Top 25 poll has the Lutes receiving three total votes. In addition, the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll has Pacific Lutheran listed with two votes. Although neither poll has the Lutes in the national top 25, PLU is only a few wins away from cracking the national rankings.

JAMES HITS THE CENTURY MARK AGAIN: Running back Brandon James has gained over 100 yards in both of the Lutes games so far in 2011. Two weeks ago, against Hamline, James rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win. He also caught two balls for 31 yards giving him 108 total yards for the game. This past week against Cal Lutheran, the junior ran for 82 yards and also grabbed four balls for 46 yards. His 128 yards led the Lutes offense despite the loss.

CAL LUTHERAN 27, PLU 18: Cal Lutheran rolled up 552 yards of total offense Saturday afternoon on the way to a 28-17 non-conference football win over the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes at Moorpark College's Griffin Stadium. The Kingsmen, who improved to 1-1 this season, broke away from a 7-3 halftime lead with 21 third-quarter points before surrendering a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to the Lutes, also 1-1 this season. Cal Lutheran rushed for 281 net rushing yards, including Daniel Mosier's 166 on 16 carries. Mosier averaged 10.4 yards per carry and scored on touchdown runs of one yard in the opening quarter and two yards in the third period. D. Chambers scored the other rushing touchdown from two yards and also had 68 net yards on 15 carries. Kingsmen quarterback Jake Laudenslayer was 13-for-23 for 271 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His 70-yard scoring strike to Frankie Jones capped CLU's scoring in the third period and gave the hosts a 28-3 lead. After falling behind 7-0 in the early going, the Lutes closed the first half with an impressive 18-play, 77-yard scoring drive capped by Nick Kaylor's 37-yard field goal. The Lutes converted a 4th-and-five play to keep the drive alive. Senior quarterback Zack Halverson added fourth quarter touchdown passes of 42 yards to Alex McDiarmid and two yards to Daniel Herr. The Lutes accumulated 301 yards of total offense, including 82 rushing yards on 20 carries by Brandon James. Halverson was 23-for-38 passing for 240 yards, the two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Halverson has not thrown an interception in PLU's first two games. Herr, a freshman wide receiver playing his first college game, led the Lutes with five catches for 43 yards. McDiarmid had four receptions for 64 yards, James had four for 46 yards, and Tyler Bowen added four more catches for 43 yards. Sophomore safety Sean McFadden had nine tackles, including a tackle for loss, and an interception to lead the PLU defense. Justin Whitman added six tackles from his cornerback spot.