Oct 29, 2016

Bruins Face Northwest Conference Rival No. 7 Linfield

A Winning Tradition

  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • One AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American (Nolan Schuler, 2017)
  • One CoSIDA Academic All-American (Caleb Dalzell, 2017)
  • Two CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017)
  • Three D3football.com All-Americans
  • Four D3football.com All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five D3Football.com Team of the Week
  • Nine NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • One Cliff Harris Award Finalist (Charles Riga, 2017)
  • Two NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • Two NFL Draft Picks 

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan, Student Photographer

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The sun was out and shining Saturday, as the Bruins made the trip to Northwest Conference rival Linfield College. The No. 7-ranked 'Cats beat the Bruins, 50-14.

The 'Cats used their home-field advantage to their benefit in the early going, scoring 27 unanswered points in the first quarter. The Bruins looked to respond towards the end of the first quarter after Grant Schroeder connected with Lane Hadley for a 42-yard gain. For the first time in the game, the Bruins were in the red zone, and with momentum on their side. Uriel Gonzalez came out for a 35-yard field goal try, but the ball bounced off the left upright.

The Bruins did well to tame the 'Cats in the second quarter, keeping them to just 16 points. Most notably, holding them to a field goal on the last play of the half to go into intermission down, 43-0.

The Bruins found the end zone in the third quarter after Schroeder and Hadley set the Bruins up again on a 45-yard gain. Wesley Riddell did the rest, rushing into the end zone for the 1-yard touchdown.

Jake Castillo took over the reins in the fourth quarter, and connected with Evan Nelson on his first throw for 25 yards. Anthony Garcia then led the Bruins with a 10-yard run, and punched it in on the next play with a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Bruins are just the second team in the NWC to score at least 14 points against the top-ranked team.

Top Performers:
Schroeder finished his day going 7-of-18 for 124 yards. Ryan Comstock led the Bruins on the ground with six carries for 48 yards, while both Riddell and Garcia found the end zone for the Bruins. Hadley was the favorite target for the receivers, recording three catches for 95 yards. Justin Kruse and Charles Riga led the Bruins' defense with eight tackles apiece.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now 3-4 on the season and 3-2 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
George Fox will host Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2p.m. for senior day.