By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Rise and grind

The Linfield football team's defense operates with a bend-but-don't-break mentality. Long drives are of no concern, as long as they don't turn into points.

On Saturday at Maxwell Field, the Wildcats bent, and then broke, the will of Pacific Lutheran.

Linfield held the Lutes to 40 yards rushing in a 29-0 victory, improving its overall record to 4-0 (1-0 NCAA Division III Northwest Conference). The Wildcats shut out PLU for the first time since a 24-0 Linfield victory in 2007.

Six of the Lutes' 12 drives ended in Wildcats' territory, but none ended in points. PLU (3-1, 1-1 Northwest Conference) converted just two of its 11 third-down attempts and one of its four fourth-down attempts.

Linfield rushed for 194 yards as a team and gained 394 yards overall. Senior Josh Yoder completed 17 of 27 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for a team-high 67 yards. Josh Hill carried the ball 20 times for 66 yards and three touchdowns.

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

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