Western extends home win streak to six with 42-13 win over Saint Joseph's IN
Oct. 9, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Quarterback James Monrean (So., Bellingham/Sehome) threw a school record-tying five touchdown passes in his first collegiate start, including two in the final 45 seconds of the first half to break open a close game as Western Washington University defeated Saint Joseph's College, Ind., 42-13, in a collegiate football game Saturday at Civic Stadium.
The triumph, which extended Western's home winning streak to six games, improved the Vikings, ranked No.9 in the Northwest Region of NCAA Division II, to 4-2. Saint Joseph's fell to 3-3.
Western held a 14-7 lead late in the first half, and extended the margin to 21-7 on an 11-yard pass to slotback Chris Robinson (R-Fr., Lakewood/Clover Park), Robinson's second scoring grab of the game. Western linebacker Adam Klingenberg (Jr., Walla Walla) then recovered a Saint Joseph's fumble with two seconds remaining in the period, and on the following play, Monrean hit wide receiver Andy Olson (Jr., Chehalis/W.F. West) down the middle for a 38-yard score that gave the Vikings a 28-7 lead at halftime.
Olson, who had five catches for 99 yards, caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game. He also moved into fifth place in Western history in career receptions with 123.
The Pumas narrowed the gap to 28-13 midway through the third quarter. After a botched lateral on a Western interception return, St. Joseph's got the ball on the Viking 3, and running back Demarreo Campbell, who rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, scored from there two plays later.
But the Vikings then put the game completely out of reach, as Monrean connected with tight end Nick Yoney (Jr., Arlington) on a 4-yard score on the following series, then completed the scoring midway through the fourth period with an 18-yard pass to running back Duncan Sherrard (Jr., Seattle/Roosevelt).
Monrean completed 12-of-24 passes for 190 yards and was not intercepted. Sherrard added 145 yards on 18 rushing attempts as the Vikings had a 422-303 edge in total offense despite St. Joseph's having an advantage of nearly 16 minutes in time of possession.
Saint Joseph's freshman quarterback Anthony Lindsay completed 16-of-33 passes for 127 yards with one interception. Wide receiver Nate Durant had seven receptions for 60 yards.
The Vikings opened the scoring 5:22 into the game. Olson returned a punt 36 yards, and on the next play, Monrean found Robinson in the right corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown.
Western had a chance to take a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter, but a 33-yard field goal attempt by Michael Koenen (Sr., Ferndale) was wide right. The Pumas then took the ball on their own 20 and went on a seven-minute, 16-play march to the end zone, capped with a 2-yard run by Demarreo Campbell.
The Vikings immediately regained the lead, however, as Zach Russell (So., Bothell/Lake Washington), touching the ball in a game for the first time in his collegiate career, returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown with 2:55 left in the first half.
The Vikings play the second of three home games on Sat., Oct. 16 (1 p.m.), returning to Great Northwest Athletic Conference action against Humboldt State University.
SCORING SUMMARY Saint Joseph's 0 7 6 0 --- 13 Western Washington 7 21 7 7 --- 42
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