History in the making, football 5-0

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It seems with every victory the Pacific University Football Team achieves, another historic milestone is made.

With another win in the books history was made, the Boxers became the first football team in school history to start the season perfect with five victories.

The Boxers’ fifth victory came at Lincoln Park Stadium for Pacific’s 2013 Homecoming with a 56-14 victory over the Puget Sound Loggers.

It was there, almost two years ago in 2011, when the Boxers won their first game since rebirth against the Loggers on homecoming.

Since then and prior to the beginning of the 2013 season, the Pacific Football Team had picked up only three more victories, bringing the win total to four.

With the Boxers’ fifth victory of the season, the team has exceeded its win total from the past three years and is now guaranteed to have at least a .500 winning record or better.

The last time the Pacific football program achieved this feat was in 1987.

The offense has continued to be spectacular.

The Boxers’ running game has continued to give the offense a balanced attack while the passing game has been explosive.

The Boxers are now ranked No. 6 in the nation in passing efficiency through the seventh official week of the season.

They also lead the NWC in passing touchdowns, yards-per-attempt and yards-per-completion.

Football is not a one-sided game.

The Boxers’ defense has been making big plays and is just as much of the reason for being undefeated.

With a commanding offense, the best thing for the defense to do is get the ball back with turnovers.

The defense has been able to force 11 interceptions this season, which leads the NWC and has them tied at No. 8 in the nation.

The Boxer defense has also been vicious at getting to the opposing quarterback and leads the conference with 18 sacks and is tied at No. 15 in the nation.

In the victory over Puget Sound, senior safety Bryan Mills was able to snag two interceptions, earning himself the NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week award.

On the third side of football, special teams, junior kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez tied his own school single game record by making eight PATs against the Loggers on his way to earning NWC Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week.

Pacific’s achievements so far this season have earned some national recognition in the Top 25 Polls.

As of Oct. 14, Pacific is yet to be ranked in the Top 25 in either poll, but is gaining support . They have garnered 17 votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches Poll and 12 votes in the D3football.com Top-25 Poll.

The Boxers have had a successful first half of the season but now face a tough road.

Three of the Boxers’ remaining opponents are ranked in the Top 25 of both polls and are all fellow Northwest Conference members.

Pacific’s first stop will be Oct. 19, when the Boxers travel north to Puyallup, Wash. to take on the No. 17 ranked Pacific Lutheran Lutes.


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