AZUSA, Calif. -- All-American candidate Mike Reilly threw for 217 yards and 3 touchdown and junior RB Jerome Morris rushed for 123 yards and another touchdown to lead NCAA Division II No. 5-ranked Central Washington University to a 36-6 victory over Azusa Pacific University in a rain-soaked game Saturday evening.
After Morris broke free for a 43-yard TD run on the game’s seventh play from scrimmage, Reilly came back to toss TD strikes of 75, 6 and 11 yards to catapult the Wildcats to a 30-6 halftime lead.
CWU used big plays to move out to 14-0 advantage before Azusa Pacific could ever register its first first down of the game. The Cougars’ only score came early in the second quarter after senior Beau Leaman recovered a fumbled Wildcat punt return at the CWU 15-yard line. Five plays later James Brunt plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out. The Wildcats, however, blocked Corey Lenahan’s PAT, and J.R. Jamerson scooped the loose ball off the wet turf and returned it for a defensive PAT to push the Wildcat lead to 16-6.
Central Washington needed just 7 more played to score 2 more touchdowns before halftime. After Reilly hit Reggie Westmoreland on a 31-yard pass play to put the Wildcats deep in Cougar territory, he went back to the junior from Stockton, Calif., for a 6-yard TD strike and a 23-6 CWU lead.
On their next possession, the Wildcats motored 53 yards on just 4 plays, capped by Reilly’s 11-yard pass to Johnny Spevak.
Central Washington finished with 426 yards of total offense on just 60 plays, while Azusa Pacific managed just 194 on 61 plays.
With the victory Central Washington improves to 9-1, while Azusa Pacific falls to 1-8.