[WOU Football] Wolves complete perfect season at home with 40-28 win

MONMOUTH, Ore.– After a sluggish first half the Western Oregon Wolves built momentum behind a couple of backups in the second half to complete a perfect home season with a 40-28 victory over Dixie State on Saturday, Oct. 29th.Trevor Roush rushed for 111 yards in the second half and his first touchdown of the season to help lead Western Oregon (6-3, 6-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) back from a 14-7 halftime deficit. Adryan Allen also added 108 yards on the ground to give Western Oregon its first pair of 100 yard rushers in the same game since 2003. WOU outrushed Dixie State (1-8, 1-5 GNAC) in the game 243 to 24, and had three touchdowns on the ground.

“First of all the credit needs to be given to our offensive line, our tight ends, and our receivers, who did their best job blocking of the season,” said Western Oregon head coach Arne Ferguson. “But hats off to Trevor. He plays a lot of special team routes at full speed and he came in and showed the speed and explosiveness that he has.”

Trevor Gates had 106 yards receiving on six catches to break the Western Oregon record for single-season record for receiving yards. He now has 939 yards on 53 catches to break the record set by Chris Doran in 1996 (907). He has now gone over 100 yards receiving in five of the last six games.

In addition to Roush, the Wolves’ second half comeback came from a number of unlikely sources. After a Gustave Benthin earned a safety on one of seven Western Oregon sacks on the game, and Kelly Morgan converted a 21 yard field goal, the Wolves turned to senior quarterback Cory Bean, who got them into the offensive rhythm they’d been searching for all game.

He and Roush, who are both listed on the second team of the depth chart, would lead WOU to touchdowns on four of its next five possessions. Bean completed 5-of-9 passes for 9 1yards and a touchdown to Michael Reeve. He also served as a lead blocker on many Western Oregon runs as the Wolves racked up 180 yards rushing with Bean under center.

“Cory Bean is a very good quarterback and we are very fortunate to have both him and Evan Mozzochi,” Ferguson explained. “You saw how accurate and poised he was in the pocket. To come in and do that is pretty amazing. It speaks highly to Cory being always ready and to have the luxury of (two quarterbacks) is very nice.”

The Wolves’ defense got after Dixie State’s quarterback Stefan Cantwell all game. They sacked the Red Storm’s quarterback seven times, including the safety. They also made Cantwell one dimensional by limiting Dixie State to just 24 yards rushing. WOU limited DSC’s running back Jesse Ence to just 15 yards on seven carry.

However, despite some strong play in areas on both sides of the ball, Western Oregon let Dixie State hang around by committing five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions). Meanwhile, Dixie State did not turn the ball over.

“When the opponent gets five extra chances bad things can happen,” Ferguson noted. “We need to credit Dixie though; they came in and played a very solid game.

“Offensively and defensively we aren’t playing well,” he continued. “Even though we had over 500 yards (of total offense) we are allowing turnovers to happen and we didn’t get any on defense today.”

Mozzochi led WOU in passing yardage with 175 yards through the air. Isaiah Buchanan paced the defense with a team-high nine tackles and three passes defended.

The win capped off a perfect home season for Western Oregon for the first time since 1997, and just the second since 1980. It sent 19 seniors off with a six-game home winning streak, which days back to last season.

“Senior Day is a very special day. There are lots of distractions and it can be hard to play well, it is such an emotional day,” said Ferguson. “To send them away with a win, no matter how it looked, is very important.”

The Western Oregon football team will close out its regular season with trips to Montana (Nov. 5) and Humboldt State (Nov. 12).

Danny Barnts
Sports Information Director
Western Oregon University
Office: (503) 838-8121
Cell: (509) 336-9944


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