PLU Saga student yearbook pages 240-241 for 1966 is source of this photo (click on the photo to see a larger version) from 1965 football season with cutline, “Ken Tate picks up yardage in opening game loss to highly rated Linfield.”
Yearbook text says PLU played as an independent during the 1965 season, after leaving the Evergreen Conference and joining the Northwest Conference.
The “Lutes opened the season against the powerful Linfield Wildcats at McMinnville, Oregon. The Wildcats breaking open a tight defensive battle with 52-yard punt return went on to defeat the visiting Lutherans 17-0, and snap a six-game Knight winning streak,” says the text.
Sunday Oregonian, Sept. 19, 1965, reported on the PLU at Linfield game:
'Cats Blank Lutes;
Win Coach's 100th
By Dick Fishback
Sports writer, The Oregonian
McMinnville (Special) -- Coach Paul Durham called this year's Linfield Wildcats a question-mark team with little game experience at quarterback and some shaky spots elsewhere.
But it might be a little hard to convince a band of thoroughly beaten Pacific Lutheran gridders, who collapsed, 17-0, before the Wildcats Saturday night at Maxwell Field.
It was Durham's 100th career victory at Linfield against 46 defeats and 10 ties and the manner in which it was fashioned couldn't have been better.
For one thing, the victors game up with a stellar second line quarterback, if he can be called that. Mike Barrow was a scrambling powerhouse, despite his 5-10 stature and 150-pound frame.
The slender Prineville grad completed an amazing 14 of 23 passes for 121 yards, filling the gap created by the absence of the still-ailing Terry Durham, who came in for just one play.
And his surprisingly deft execution helped spring loose Linfield backs, especially shifty LeRoy Fails, who picked 67 yards in 18 carries.
When the pair wasn't furnishing the fire power, lightning-quick wingback Rogers Ishizu and kicking find Tim Kubli were adding fuel.
Ishizu caught seven of Barrow's passes for 77 yards and ran back a PLU punt 52-yards for the winner's first touchdown. Prior to that Kubli, a freshman stroked a perfect 24-yard field goal and later added a pair of extra points.
It was a battle of defending conference champions, Linfield of the Northwest and PLU of the Evergreen. The Lutes' loss ended a streak of six victories (over Linfield), and made their entry against official NWC competition a disappointment.
Penalties Hurt Lutes
Ruinous penalties in key situations for motion, holding, clipping and the like halted the losers time after time. And fine passer Tony Lister was the victim of numerous dropped passes. At that, he completed eight of 22.
Speedy Les Rucker led the Pacific Lutheran ground attack with 45 yards in nine carries. Linfield's offense didn't catch fire until late in the first period and Kubli's field goal capped a march from the PLU 45 with just five seconds gone in the second.
The Lutes drove from their own 24 to the Linfield 27 just after that but the offense died there. With 2:41 remaining in the half the 'Cats added seven more points on Ishizu's romp and picked up their final score in the fourth period on an eight-yard pass from Barrow to Brian Carter.
Pacific Luth: 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 = 0
Linfield: 0 .. 10 .. 0 .. 0 .. 7 = 17
Linf - FG Kubli 24
Linf - Ishizu 52 punt return (Kubli kick)
Linf - Carter 8 pass (Kubli kick)
First downs -- P 12 -- Linf 16
Rushing yds -- P 89 -- Linf 108
Passing yds -- P 86 -- Linf 121
Passes -- P -- Linf
Passes intcp by -- P 1 -- Linf 2
Punts -- P 5-35.8 -- Linf 5-35.4
Fumbles lost -- P 1 -- Linf 0Yds penalized -- P 50 -- Linf 55