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Lewis and Clark rallies to win at PLU; Pioneers go to 7-0

PUYALLUP, Wash. - The amazing Lewis and Clark College football team did it again Saturday.

Won.

Stayed undefeated.

The Pioneers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half to beat Pacific Lutheran 34-32.

PLU had a chance to tie the game with 30 seconds to go, but its two-point conversion pass attempt failed.

L and C improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Northwest Conference, while PLU dropped to 4-3, 2-2.

Lewis and Clark and Linfield are tied for first place in the NWC, while PLU is tied for third.

L and C has two games remaining in the regular season. The Pioneers will play host to Willamette at 1 p.m. next Saturday, and then travel to Linfield on Nov. 12. Willamette, 3-5, 2-2, lost on Saturday 25-24 to Whitworth. Linfield defeated Menlo 23-6.

The Pios had lost 16 in a row to the Lutes, with their last win in 1989.

They won by getting 274 of their 364 total yards in the second half - and overcoming a 14-0 hole that PLU created for them by scoring on its first two possession.

Lewis and Clark tailback Joevonte Mayes ran 19 times for 116 yards, and quarterback Keith Welch had 48 yards on 20 carries while hitting on 15 of 31 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions.

Pacific Lutheran led 26-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Two minutes into the quarter, Welch connected with Andrew Frisina for a 15-yard touchdown.

Lewis and Clark took its first lead with 7:32 to go when Mayes capped an eight-play, 53-yard drive with a 5-yard run. A two-point conversion pass failed, leaving the Pioneers in front 27-26.

L and C boosted its lead to 34-26 with 1:49 remaining, as Curtis Shirey scored on a 10-yard run, and Simon Monley added the PAT.

The Lutes got their chance to tie, though, going 48 yards in nine plays and scoring with 30 seconds left on a 2-yard pass from Zack Halverson to Kyle Warner.

PLU finished with 364 yards passing and 71 yards rushing for the edge in total yards 435-364.