BURNABY, British Columbia -- Western Oregon's football team raced to a 21-0 lead but then had to hang on for a 35-28 win against host Simon Fraser Sept. 10 in the Great Northwest Conference opener for both teams.
Western quarterback Evan Mozzochi passed for 207 yards and one touchdown and ran six times for a career-high 73 yards and two more scores. He started the scoring with a 45-yard run in the first quarter. Mozzochi later was chosen as the GNAC offensive player of the week.
Western (1-1 overall) scored twice on special teams. Kirk Werhane ran 19 yards for a touchdown after picking up the ball following a bad snap on a punt attempt. Adryan Allen scored on an 86-yard kickoff return. It was WOU's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2002.
Simon Fraser trailed 28-7 early in the second period but pulled within 28-21 on a five-yard run by Bo Palmer and a three-yard pass from Trey Wheeler to Mathis Baumbach.
Western made it 35-21 in the third period when Mozzochi ran for a 10-yard score, capping a 10-play, 79-yard drive.
A three-yard touchdown run by Simon Fraser's Greg Bowcott with 9:55 remaining in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.
Scotland Foss led the Wolves in tackles for the second straight game with 11. He also added a quarterback sack. Bryce Peila recorded his first interception of the season. Peila and Micah McMurry each registered nine tackles.
Western's Trevor Roush ran nine times for 68 yards and caught three passes for 56 yards and one score. Trevor Gates led WOU with five catches, good for 97 yards.
The Clan outgained Western 432-389. Palmer and Gabriel Ephard each ran for more than 100 yards.
Western will play its first home game Saturday, Sept. 17 against Central Washington. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at McArthur Field.