The University of Redlands disposed of Occidental in convincing fashion, 51-7 Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. And it wasn’t even that close! It was the most lopsided win by Redlands over Oxy in the two-decade tenure of coach Mike Maynard.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) scored on offense, scored on defense and scored on special teams.They called off the dogs and used several reserves in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.
It was a pretty giddy Bulldog team after the game. Seniors Dan Selway, Mike Nicolini and Evan Reuter and sophomore Jordan Garcia addressed the team in the post-game huddle. After six straight losses to the Tigers, many of those in heartbreaking fashion, there was a sense of relief and accomplishment.
This was a hungry Bulldogs team that looked from the opening kickoff like it was in “refuse-to-lose” mode. Redlands dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and led 41-7 at the half, cruising after that.
It was an efficient effort with the Bulldogs balancing the run and the pass so the individual numbers weren’t overwhelming. Selway threw for 157 yards with Reuter the recipient of four passes for 101 yards. Brad Crisanty rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Oxy’s Luke Collis didn’t look like the SCIAC’s leading passer, managing just 104 yards through the air, more than 100 under his average.
The only thing put a damper on the win was an injury suffered by senior tight end Corey Sanchez who was speared by an Occidental defender who was flagged for a blow to the head. Sanchez was down for 30 minutes and taken off on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. Maynard said Sanchez wanted to get up and walk off but the school was taking the added safety measure.
Next week the Bulldogs travel to the University of La Verne for a 1 p.m. game.
In other games Cal Lutheran overpowered Pomona-Pitzer 38-7. The Sagehens played without senior quarterback Jacob Caron.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps had a surprisingly tough time with Whittier but prevailed 30-27, the difference being a Chet Corcos field goal with 4:05 left.
The University of La Verne dropped its 17th straight game, this time falling to Chapman 35-28. The Leopards trailed 28-7 but battled back to even at 28, only to give up the winnign score with two minutes lef.