Wednesday, November 11, 2009
MONMOUTH -- High winds and pouring rain did not deter second-ranked Central Washington from finishing an undefeated regular season Nov. 7 with a 20-6 football win against Western Oregon at McArthur Field.
Central Washington, which beat the Wolves 23-21 three weeks ago at Qwest Field in Seattle, entered the game having already clinched its fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Wildcats (10-0 overall, 5-0 GNAC) limited Western (5-5, 3-3) to a season-low 31 rushing yards and 167 yards total offense.
Central Washington ran for 151 yards. Randall Eldridge, the GNAC's leading rusher, supplied 78 yards.
"Central Washington ran the ball very well and was able to rattle off a couple big plays," said WOU coach Arne Ferguson. "Their offensive line is very big, and they played very well today."
That same line also supplied ample pass protection for quarterback Cole Morgan, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. Morgan also scored the game's first touchdown, running 14 yards on a quarterback draw midway through the first quarter.
It still was 6-0 at halftime, but the Wildcats scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a commanding 20-0 lead.
The first score came on a 66-yard pass to Johnny Spevak. The second game on a seven-yard run by Eldridge after a wind-blown 11-yard punt gave Central the ball at the Western 15-yard line.
Western's lone touchdown came on a three-yard pas from Josh Riddell to Shaun Kauleinamoku with 2:07 left in the fourth period.
Riddell finished 15 of 30 for 136 yards but had only six completions entering the fourth period. The weather conditions grew progressively worse during the day but them improved somewhat during the final 15 minutes.
Sean Fullerton and Kauleinamoku both had four receptions, and D.J. Jackson rushed 17 times for 26 yards.
Defensively, WOU's John Breza established a career-high with 12 tackles. Caleb Singleton and Andy Jackson chipped in with 10 apiece. Lineman Mike Petrovich recorded 1.5 tackles for a loss and had one sack and a fumble recovery.