GLENDORA, Calif. — Southern Oregon fell behind early and No. 11 Azusa Pacific rushed for nearly 300 yards as the Cougars defeated the Raiders 51-28 in a nonconference tilt Saturday night at Citrus Stadium.
With the loss, SOU falls to 4-5.
Azusa improved to 7-2 with the win while dropping the Raiders to 4-5. SOU now has a bye week before closing out the season with a home game against Menlo on Nov. 12.Azusa Pacific controlled the ball for more than 20 minutes in the first half, building a 17-0 lead.
Southern Oregon got on the board midway through the second quarter when receiver Mike Olson passed to Patrick Donahue for a 19-yard touchdown.
The Cougars responded with a quick five-play, 68-yard drive that ended with Terrel Watson's second touchdown run of the night, making it 24-7 at the half.
Southern Oregon pulled back within two scores in its opening drive of the second half. Austin Dodge drove the offense 72 yards on eight plays and tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Donahue to make it 24-13.
Azusa's John van den Raadt hit Matt Davis for a 31-yard scoring play less than two minutes after SOU's touchdown to push the lead to 31-13. Following a Tyler Crowley field goal for the Raiders, van den Raadt rushed for the first of his two touchdowns to again stretch the lead, making it a 37-16 advantage.
Dodge found Cole McKenzie for a 35-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to again make it a two-possession game, but van den Raadt's six-yard run gave Azusa Pacific a 44-22 lead. Donahue closed out his three-score day with an 8-yard touchdown run with 5:25 remaining to give SOU 28 points, and the Cougars' Johnell Murphy scored the final touchdown a couple minutes later on a 21-yard run.
Dodge finished with 271 yards passing with two touchdown strikes. Donahue led SOU with 10 catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns and added 36 rushing yards on three attempts with a score. Marshawn Friloux picked up 94 yards on the ground on only 12 carries for the Raiders.
For Azusa Pacific, van den Raadt threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns and added 172 yards rushing and a pair of scores on 19 attempts. Davis' 101 receiving yards were a game high on six catches with one touchdown.
Defensively, Justin Akau and Austin Cantrell tied for the SOU lead with 10 tackles each. Sean Barber posted 14 tackles for Azusa Pacific in a game that featured no sacks and only one tackle-for-loss.
Azusa Pacific 51, Southern Oregon 28
At Glendora, Calif.
Southern Oregon 0 7 9 12 —28
Azusa Pacific 14 10 13 14 —51
A — Watson 1 run (DeLira kick)
A — Andujo 5 pass from van den Raadt (DeLira kick)
A — FG DeLira 30
S — Donahue 19 pass from Olson (Crowley kick)
A — Watson 2 run (DeLira kick)
S — Donahue 12 pass from Dodge (kick failed)
A — Davis 31 pass from van den Raadt (DeLira kick)
S — FG Crowley 31
A — van den Raadt 10 run (kick failed)
S — McKenzie 35 pass from Dodge (run failed)
A — van den Raadt 6 run (DeLira kick)
S — Donahue 8 run (pass failed)
A — Murphy 21 run (DeLira kick)
First Downs 24 23
Rushes-Yards 31-186 45-296
Passing Yards 290 216
Comp-Att-Int 24-40-0 14-26-0
Total Yards 476 512
Punts 2-53.5 2-35.5
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 9-61 6-97
Southern Oregon — Friloux 12-94, Donahue 3-36, Dodge 4-25, Barragan 8-16, Olson 2-13, Otaguro 1-4, Team 1-(minus 2).
Azusa Pacific — van den Raadt 19-172, Murphy 9-65, Watson 12-50, Douglas 3-10, Davis 1-3, McPherson 1-(minus 4).
Southern Oregon — Dodge 23-39-0 271, Olson 1-1-0 19.
Azusa Pacific — van den Raadt 14-26-0 216, McPherson 0-0-0 0.
Southern Oregon — Donahue 10-87, Otaguro 4-53, McKenzie 3-79, Olson 3-55, Barragan 2-8, Tiernan 1-6, McDonald 1-2.
Azusa Pacific — Davis 6-101, Watson 3-81, Henry 2-26, Andujo 2-6, Hetzer 1-2.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, NORTHWEST 1 — At Kirkland, Wash., 15th-ranked Southern Oregon overcame a slow start to defeat Northwest University, 25-14, 16-25, 9-25, 18-25, in a Cascade Conference match.
The Raiders (17-4, 14-2 CCC) clinched a CCC playoff spot and maintained their hold on second place with the win. They were led by Megan Hartling's 15 kills (.382), while Sarah Holgen added 13 kills and 11 digs. Caryn Westrick paced SOU with 26 assists and Becky Johnstone registered a match-high 27 digs. Angela Spieker contributed 16 digs.
NU came out strong in the first set, seizing an early 14-9 lead before using a 7-0 run to take a 21-11 lead. The Raiders got as close as 24-14 before an attack error ended the set.
In the second set, the Raiders outscored Northwest 10-3 to take a 20-13 lead. Liz Madden and Megan Bartling had two kills apiece during the run.
SOU's defense held NU (11-10, 9-7 CCC) to nine points in the third set as SOU broke out to a 15-6 lead before eventually closing out on three straight Northwest miscues.
In the fourth, the Raiders used two kills and two service aces to go up 16-12. NU pulled within five at 22-17, but Natalie Scheller eventually closed out the match with a kill.
SOUTHERN OREGON 4, EVERGREEN STATE 1 — At Olympica, Wash., a pair of goals in the first half and a pair of goals in the second half was more than enough to give Southern Oregon a victory over Evergreen State in a Cascade Conference match.
The Raiders (11-5-1, 7-1-0 CCC) got on the board in the 16th minute when Kennedy Roteman scored on a header, and made it 2-0 two minutes later when Stephanie Carr beat Geoducks' keeper Lauren Davidson.
The Geoducks (4-9-1, 2-5-0 Cascade) struck just seconds before halftime when Katie Mendoza found Sophie Krauza, who squeezed the ball past Jessica Kuehlwein.
In the second half, the Raiders struck again in the 51st minute on a goal by Denise Powell. The lead hit 4-1 in the 61st minute on an own goal.
SOU out-shot the Geoducks 12-3. Davidson finished with five saves while Kuehlwein made a single save for Southern Oregon.
SOUTHERN OREGON 69, GREAT FALLS 54 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon built a 21-point lead early in the second half en route to a nonconference victory in the SOU Season Opening Classic at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon (2-0) scored the final seven points of the opening half to gain a double-digit lead and was still ahead 38-26 at the break. Turnovers told the story early as the Raiders forced 27 Great Falls turnovers in the first half and scored 21 points off the Argonauts' giveaways.
After Josi McDermott scored a layup to open the second half, Chelsea Adams hit a 3-pointer on the other end of the court to make it 40-29. The Raiders scored the next nine points as UGF (1-1) went nearly five minutes without scoring before Sarah Sciascia's jumper made it 49-31.
McDermott scored 19 points, while Nalani Hernandez tallied 12 points and tied Kiara Moore for the team-lead with eight rebounds. Angelica Cahee also reached double-figures in the scoring column with 10 points.