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The Boxers score 28 unanswered second-half points in victory over the Bearcats, now prepare for league power Wildcats

COURTESY PHOTO: TYLER KANOA - Pacific's Kobe Williams runs after a catch during the Boxers road win against Willamette Nov. 4 at Willamette University in Salem.
Pacific scored 28 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 41-13 win over host Willamette Saturday, Nov. 4, in Salem.

The Boxers and Bearcats were tied 13-13 at the half before Pacific scored a touchdown on its first three drives of the second half. Senior Brandon Boyd was responsible for two of the touchdowns as he ran 20 times, tying a career-high with 184 yards. Boyd also had a receiving touchdown for the second three-touchdown game of his career. It was the fourth multi-touchdown game of the season for Boyd.

Pacific junior quarterback J.T. Greenough had one of his best days as a Boxer, completing 20 of 24 passes for a career-best three touchdowns and 276 yards. His top targets were sophomore Kobe Williams, who had 10 receptions for 117 yards, and Gavin Hettinger, who caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

The Boxer defense held Willamette to 238 yards of total offense and allowed them to convert just one of 11 third down opportunities. Joey Thurman was the top ground gainer for Willamette with 79 yards and quarterback Mathew Castaneda scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the loss.

With the win, Pacific improved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the Northwest Conference, while Willamette fell to 0-8 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

With the game tied at 13, Pacific took its opening drive of the second half and went 46 yards in four plays for a go-ahead touchdown when Boyd ran over right tackle for his first score of the day. After a three-and-out by the Boxer defense, the fast-moving Boxer offense went 71 yards in 1:40 to extend its lead to 27-13 on a 16-yard touchdown run by freshman Ty Hargis.

After another Pacific defensive stop set up a Boyd-intensive drive for the Boxers, the standout back accounted for 54 of 65 yards, including a 26-yard run for his third touchdown of the day.

The final Pacific touchdown came when Greenough threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Preston Kime for his first scoring reception. The ground game behind Boyd, Austin Cardoza and Kash Taylor helped Pacific march down the field on the seven-play, 88-yard scoring drive. Senior kicker Alex Beekman added his fifth point-after attempt for the finishing touches on the win.

Pacific will wrap up the season at home against Linfield at Ledbetter Field at Hanson Stadium Saturday, Nov. 11, with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

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