Kent Sullivan has been Cal Lutheran’s busiest player in the past 2 games, which says something about the Kingsmen offense.
Sullivan, who last week set a Western Football Conference single-game record for punts (11), had another busy afternoon Saturday. He accounted for more yards (388) in 9 punts than the entire Kingsmen offense as visiting Santa Clara defeated Cal Lutheran, 31-7, in a WFC game.
Sullivan combined with Santa Clara punter Fred Nurisso to tie the WFC record for most punts in a game (18). Sullivan averaged 43.1 yards and Nurisso, kicking 9 times, averaged 34.6.
Cal Lutheran (2-5, 0-3) gained 244 yards in losing its fifth consecutive game; Santa Clara improved to 5-3 and evened its conference record at 2-2.
The mistake-prone Kingsmen offense turned the ball over 6 times, including 5 interceptions, as Santa Clara capitalized on Cal Lutheran miscues to compile 311 yards.
“We self-destructed as much as Santa Clara beat us,” Coach Bob Shoup said. “I think their defense is sound and they have some good people, but you just can’t give the ball back on turnovers like we did.”
John St. Jacques, who completed 11 of 29 passes for 193 yards, threw 2 touchdown passes to pace the Broncos. Tailback Matt Shaw, who leads Santa Clara in career all-purpose yards, caught a 32-yard scoring pass and had a 1-yard touchdown run.
With Santa Clara leading, 14-0, Cal Lutheran moved 75 yards in 5 plays and scored on quarterback Jim Bees’ 4-yard pass to tight end Dave Deisinger with 1:29 left in the second quarter.
The Broncos padded their lead on St. Jacques’ 24-yard pass to wide receiver Brian McKelligon with 6:56 left in the third quarter. A Bees pass was intercepted by Santa Clara safety Mike Williams to set up the Bronco scoring drive. Santa Clara moved 27 yards in 2 plays for the touchdown.
Santa Clara capitalized on Jeff Lapinski’s fourth-quarter fumble at the Cal Lutheran 35-yard line for its next score. The Broncos then moved ahead, 24-7, on Tobin Douglas’ 25-yard field goal with 14:06 remaining.
Tim Zeddies took over for Bees in the fourth quarter. One of his passes was intercepted by linebacker Pat Doud at the Cal Lutheran 1-yard line to set up the Broncos’ final touchdown. Jim Ramos went in from the 1 with 9:02 remaining to complete Santa Clara’s scoring.
Marcel Sellers gained 68 yards in 12 carries to lead Cal Lutheran in rushing. The Kingsmen, last in the WFC in rushing, gained 83 yards in 39 carries.
Bees completed 10 of 27 for 146 yards and had 3 passes intercepted, giving him 18 for the season. Cal Lutheran quarterbacks were a combined 12 of 43 for 161 yards.
Tailback Paul Marcy led Santa Clara rushers with 63 yards in 20 carries, followed by Shaw, who gained 51 yards in 12 carries. Santa Clara had 118 yards rushing in 41 carries.
The Kingsmen have been outscored, 73-13, in their past 2 games.