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SOU defeats W. Oregon in shootout, 56-35

MONMOUTH -- Southern Oregon produced the balanced attack coach Jeff Olson longs for and the Raiders provided the kind of finish he's pleaded for Saturday night.

With all the elements coming together in the same game, the Raiders blew past Western Oregon, 56-35, at McArthur Field.

Quarterback Dan Walters completed 11 of 18 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, while Casey Jackson and Griff Yates combined for 332 yards rushing in the Columbia Football Association opener for both schools.

We came to the realization at halftime that we could play a lot better, Olson said. Our upperclassmen responded and played exceptionally well in the second half.

The Raiders (3-2, 1-0 CFA) trailed 21-15 with 13:34 left in the first half, but outscored the Wolves (2-2, 0-1) 41-14 the rest of the way.

Something we've been preaching for a long time is that we've got to play better in the fourth quarter and we did for the entire second half.

Walters threw touchdown passes of 14, 28 and 74 yards for the Raiders (3-2, 1-0), the latter two snagged by receiver Mike Long.

The score was tied 28-28 at halftime. But Southern Oregon pulled ahead in the pivotal third quarter on a 61-yard touchdown run from Yates and 84-yard TD carry by Jackson.

Jason Taroli ran 199 yards on 21 carries for two touchdowns for the Wolves (2-2, 0-1) and caught a 15-yard pass from Kevin Bickler for a third TD in the high-scoring game.

SOU amassed 533 yards in total offense, 326 of it rushing. Certainly it was nice to get Casey Jackson back at full speed, Olson said. It's great to have both those guys healthy.

Mike Seedborg, Will Salade and Nate Williams accounted for Southern Oregon's three interceptions.

We didn't turn over the ball on offense all day, Olson said, Although we had one bad snap on a punt that led to a touchdown. In our two losses, we turned the ball over 10 times.