Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2012 Linfield vs Willamette Game Highlights

Our video of the week features the 'Cats 45-10 victory over NWC opponent Willamette during the 'Cats highly successful 2012 season. The victory was a key win as it put Linfield in the driver's seat for the 2012 NWC title and NCAA automatic playoff bid. Linfield defense was suffocating that game allowing only 5 Willamette first downs, and 108 yards of total offense on the day.  

While the game was tied 10-10 at half it was only a matter of time before the 'Cats broke this game open and it didn't take long in the 2nd half for that to happen as Linfield posted 21 points in a 3-minute span in the 3rd quarter to break open the game.  I think this snapshot of the stats below tells the story of this game played out.

 The win was Linfield's 4th consecutive over Willamette and 12th in the last 14 seasons.  2012 was the first of a new look Willamette team as Mark Speckman and his fly offense moved on to Menlo after the 2011 season.  The Bearcats moved to a pass first attack that saw good success during the season but failed during their key two contests of the year (Linfield & PLU). 

Willamette was senior heavy with regards to their talent in 2012.  2013 will be an interesting year down in Salem as I'm curious to see how their program responds to a big talent turnover and another new offensive coordinator (Their 1st year OC from 2012 left after the season).  The Bearcats should be in the mix in the NWC but my early view on them is on the 2nd tier behind Linfield and PLU.

1 comment:

DS said...

Rainy day fun...