PORTLAND, Ore. -- Junior wide receiver Heisman Hosoda broke a school record with 17 receptions, 13 of which came in the first half, during the Lewis & Clark Pioneers 34-22 loss to the Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday at Griswold Stadium.
The defeat on Homecoming prevented the Pioneers (2-2, 1-1 NWC) from winning three in a row for the first time since 2012.
In front of over 1,700 in attendance, Hosoda scored touchdowns of 31 and 49 yards in the first half, the last of which moved Lewis & Clark ahead 20-0 with 12:09 left in the second quarter. Hosoda finished with 162 yards receiving and surpassed Andrew Frisina's 2013 record of 16 receptions in a game.
Melvin Ho'omanawanui registered the first sacks of his career with three in the opening half, while Zondre Faraj-Washington scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 22-yard rush with 13:50 left in the second quarter. Lewis & Clark had eight sacks, its most since at least 2012 when the Pioneers totaled five against Pacific Lutheran.
Trailing 20-0 after two punts and four times turning the ball over on downs, Puget Sound's Brody Pearman intercepted Lewis & Clark quarterback Caden Voges near midfield. On the next play, Loggers quarterback Murdock Rutledge's pass to Alvin Johnson was incomplete, but the Pioneers were flagged for two penalties, pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct, that moved Puget Sound (4-1, 2-0 NWC) down to the Pios' 21-yard line. Rutledge connected with Johnson two plays later to put Puget Sound on the board.
The shift sparked a run of 21 unanswered points by the Loggers including a 48-yard touchdown reception by Johnson.
After entering the game with four interceptions through three games, Voges was intercepted five times, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Zack Teats. The Pioneers committed six turnovers in all. Michael Abraham, the Northwest Conference's leading rusher, was limited to 25 yards on nine carries. Lewis & Clark finished with a season-low 32 rushing yards.
- Lewis & Clark retook the lead, 22-21, when Alex Everett's punt attempt from the Loggers' own end zone deflected off a teammate ahead of him in the formation and went out of bounds behind him
- Already one of the NWC's most-penalized teams, Lewis & Clark had a season-high 130 penalty yards on 11 penalties, the most by the Pios since at least 2012
- Kevin Johnson had three receptions and a season-long 21-yard catch on the Pios' second touchdown drive
- Freshman Anakin Mares led the Pioneers in tackles with eight including seven solo stops and one for loss
- Garrett Barber picked up his first career sack when he dropped Rutledge in the second quarter
- In the fourth quarter, freshman David Ceja picked up his first tackle-for-loss
- Voges moved over 1,300 passing yards for his career and still leads the NWC in passing yards per game (266.0)
- The junior quarterback remains among the top two in the NWC for touchdown passes (8) this season
- Despite his lowest rushing total of the season, Abraham continues to lead the conference in rushing per game (92.5) and rushing touchdowns (6)
- Hosoda moved to fifth in the NWC for receiving yards per game (73.8)
The Pioneers play back-to-back road games (at Linfield on Oct. 13, at Pacific on Oct. 20) before returning to Portland against George Fox on Oct. 27.