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UChicago football loses to Pacific (Ore.) 21-6

Zak Ross-Nash
Zak Ross-Nash

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- On its longest road trip of the season, the University of Chicago football team lost at Pacific (Ore.) University 21-6 on Saturday. The Maroons dropped to 5-2 while the Boxers improved to 6-1.

UChicago flew approximately 1,800 miles to Forest Grove, Ore. to take on the Boxers. The two sides played a scoreless first quarter, and Pacific got on the board with its first drive of the second quarter. The Boxers completed key passes on third down that traveled 16 yards and 15 yards to set up a six-yard touchdown run.

The Maroons controlled the clock and moved the ball into the home team's territory. But drives ended on downs around the Pacific 30-yard line on two of their three possessions in the second quarter. The two sides went into halftime with the Boxers holding a 7-0 lead.

Pacific drove 63 yards on seven plays to open the second half and scored on an eight-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 14-0. UChicago responded with a 19-play, 90-yard drive that ate up 10:34 off the clock. The offense converted three times on third down and once on fourth down to keep the sticks moving. Junior running back Zak Ross-Nash finished it off by punching the ball into the end zone from one yard out to make the score 14-6.

After exchanging several short drives, the Boxers scored the game's final points on its second possession of the fourth quarter. Pacific started in UChicago territory and scored on a five-yard touchdown run to account for the 21-6 final.

Time of possession was firmly in UChicago's favor. The visitors held the ball for 39:51 and ran 80 plays compared to 20:09 and 40 plays by Pacific. The Maroons converted 13 of 21 on third down for the game. UChicago outgained Pacific 302-284 in total offense, rushing for 115 yards and throwing for 187 yards.

Senior quarterback Vincent Cortina completed 21 of 42 passes for 187 yards. Ross-Nash carried the ball 26 times for 77 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Ian Gaines also rushed seven times for 36 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Cole Thoms caught eight passes for 63 yards and sophomore tight end Colin Macri made seven receptions for 60 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Schuyler Montefalco led the defense with six tackles. Sophomore defensive backs Greg Thome and Jacob Romeo collected five tackles apiece. Junior defensive end Brandon Bolock made two tackles with one sack, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive back Ben Clark had three tackles with one sack.