SILVER CITY, N.M. — Western Oregon University’s defense overwhelmed Western New Mexico, leading the Wolves to a 58-21 victory on Saturday.
Western Oregon forced six turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns. Linebacker Tyler Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Curtis Anderson returned an interception for a score in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Nick Duckworth threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Paul Revis had 10 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Zack Suarez recorded two catches for 77 yards — and two touchdowns. Running back Torreahno Sweet had eight carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, Anderson led the Wolves with seven tackles and two picks. Johnson had five tackles, including a sack.
The Wolves will host Humboldt State University Saturday at 1 p.m. in the team’s home-opener.
Anderson was named the GNAC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Kicker Adrian Saldana earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Saldana made three field goals and five extra points.
Note: Freshman Nicholas Lyngheim died in a car accident last week. Lyngheim, 18, of Gresham, was an offensive lineman.
“As a hard-working young man, Nicholas immediately became a member of our family with his approach and demeanor,” WOU coach Arne Ferguson said. “Just starting his collegiate academic career, his loss is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to his family and to everyone involved. He will be missed.”
WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO VIKINGS: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team lost to top-ranked Western Washington 7-0 on Sept. 16. Western Washington extended its win streak to 29 matches as the Wolves dropped their Great Northwest Athletic Conference-opener.
WOU plays at Northwest Nazarene Thursday at 3 p.m., at Montana State, Billings Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and at Concordia Tuesday at 3 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL SPLITS MATCHES: Western Oregon’s volleyball team split a pair of road matches last week. The Wolves defeated Saint Martin’s 25-15, 25-14, 25-19 on Thursday before losing to Seattle Pacific 25-17, 25-20, 26-24 on Saturday.
Mariella Vandenkooy led the Wolves against Saint Martin’s with 12 kills. Alisha Bettinson added 11 kills and had two aces. Maddie Mehciz and Leila Holt each had three aces during the match.
WOU (5-4 overall, 1-1 GNAC) hosts Northwest Nazarene Thursday at 7 p.m. and Central Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.