TACOMA, Wash. — The Occidental football team struggled to get anything going on offense and its defense fatigued in a 61-6 loss at Puget Sound in its season opener on Saturday.
Oxy's defense played outstanding football in the first half, holding Puget Sound to just 13 points, with three interceptions and several key third and fourth down stops to get off the field. But with its offense not giving it much of a break, the Tigers collapsed in the third quarter as the game was put out of reach.
Ian Bonde was one of a few bright spots on offense, catching six passes for 79 yards.
Tanner Diebold threw for 313 yards, four touchdown passes and three interceptions for UPS. Paul Thomas led the Loggers ground game with 50 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Nathanial Abernathy caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers play their season opener on Sept. 16 against Pacific (Ore) at 7 p.m. in Jack Kemp Stadium.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram