In its first postseason appearance since 2001, Pacific Lutheran came up just short at Linfield on Nov. 17, falling 27-24 to the Wildcats.
The Lutes were driving to try to tie the game late, but an incompletion on fourth down ended the threat and Pacific Lutheran’s season. Niko Madison gave the Lutes a 7-3 lead in the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown run, but Linfield scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take control. Dalton Richey, who was 22-for-33 for 284 yards, hit Lucas Sontra for a 21-yard score in the third quarter to cut it to 20-14, but the sophomore quarterback also had two interceptions. Richey’s 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter brought the Lutes within 27-24, but the Lutes could not overcome the Wildcats in the end.
Kyle Warner led the Lutes with 12 catches for 205 yards, as Pacific Lutheran outgained Linfield by almost 100 yards, with 339 total yards to the Wildcats’ 249. But the Lutes also lost three fumbles, as the five total turnovers were a killer.
The loss was the second to Linfield this season, as Pacific Lutheran finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference play.