Boxers get win No. 1 of their new football era
FOREST GROVE - The Pacific University Boxers got their first football victory Saturday since reinstating the program in 2010.
The Boxers won 44-25 over Puget Sound in their homecoming game at Lincoln Park Stadium.
Pacific (1-7, 1-4 Northwest Conference) had 469 yards of total offense behind a record afternoon by sophomore quarterback T.C. Campbell. He completed 21 of 27 passes for a near-record 387 yards and tied his own school record from last season with five touchdown passes.
Pacific also received a pair of 100-yard plus receiving efforts from sophomore Jordan Fukumoto (five receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns) and freshman Caleb Roher (three catches for 123 yards and two TDs).
The Boxers' defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions.
Coach Keith Buckley praised his team for bouncing back from a weak effort the week before in a loss to Whitworth.
'For these kids to rebound as freshmen and sophomores and come out and put this type of effort together and stay together as one team, for the tough weeks we've through is tremendous,' Buckley said 'We understand it's one win, but it's a special win and it's one that these kids will be able to remember for a long, long time.'
Pacific outgained the Loggers (0-8 overall, 0-5 NWC) in total offense 469-381. Pacific had 387 yards passing, while Puget Sound netted 351 yards in the air. The Boxers finished with a season-high 82 yards rushing, led by an 80-yard effort from sophomore Davis Jacobs.
'It's the most amazing feeling,' Campbell said of the milestone day for the Boxers. 'We've worked so hard these last two years to come and earn this. To win at home, on homecoming, in front of our fans means so much to us.'