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Linfield rewrites its record book

Oct 26, 2013

By Robert Husseman
Of the News-Register

Word began trickling down, from the press box to the grandstand to the field, once the clock struck zero: Linfield football had broken a school record for points in a game.

"That's just crazy," Wildcats running back and McMinnville High graduate Spencer Payne said. "That's nuts."

Linfield's 84-7 victory over NCAA Division III Northwest Conference opponent Lewis & Clark Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field set a modern record for points in a game and margin of victory. In 1927, the Wildcats defeated Oregon Normal (now Western Oregon University) 83-0, five years after the school had changed its name from McMinnville College.

At halftime, Linfield (6-0, 3-0 NWC) held a 70-0 lead over the Pioneers (1-6, 1-4 NWC), another school record. The Wildcats held a 56-0 halftime lead over Menlo College on Oct. 26, 2002, before defeating the Oaks 56-6.

Eight of Linfield's 12 touchdown drives took one minute or less, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Michael Link returned one 24 yards for a score in the first quarter, and Skylor Elgarico returned a Lewis & Clark pass 99 yards for Linfield's final touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Josh Repp was perfect on 11 point-after attempts, another school record.

Read more about the game in Tuesday's News-Register.

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