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Wildcats Halt Cougars' GNAC Win Streak

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Central Washington held Terrell Watson to 40 rushing yards as the Wildcats edged Azusa Pacific, 7-3.

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September 28, 2013
Joe Reinsch
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GLENDORA, Calif. -- Central Washington running back Jordan Todd rushed 37 times for 189 yards to carry Central Washington to a 7-3 road victory over Azusa Pacific, snapping the Cougars' six-game Great Northwest Athletic Conference winning streak.

Todd broke free for a 53-yard gain late in the first quarter, putting Central Washington at the Cougar three-yard line. The Wildcats scored the game's only touchdown three plays later, when starting QB Jake Nelson tossed a four-yard TD pass to Adam Schechter on third-and-goal.

The Wildcat defense limited Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson to just 40 yards rushing on 13 carries, snapping Watson's streaks of five consecutive games with 150-plus yards rushing and nine straight games with a rushing touchdown. The Cougars were held to 46 total rushing yards and 176 yards of total offense.

The lone scoring drive for Azusa Pacific was engineered by senior QB Justin McPherson, who completed passes of 23 yards to Ed Dillihunt and 10 yards to Watson to set up a Jamie Cacciatore's 32-yard field goal with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter.

Senior LB Sean Barber matched his career-high in tackles with 15 stops, and the defenses were each responsible for nine tackles for loss. Central Washington DL Donnie Johnson came up with two sacks to lead the Wildcats.

With its first conference defeat, Azusa Pacific falls to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the GNAC, with Central Washington collecting its second win to match the Cougars in the early conference standings at 2-2 overall, 2-1 GNAC. With Western Oregon's win over Simon Fraser earlier in the day, the GNAC lead is shared by all four teams (Azusa Pacific, Central Washington, Simon Fraser, and Western Oregon).