EASTERN LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN AGAINST PLU

October 11, 2003 12:00 am

Saturday will be a big day at Eastern Oregon.

In addition to homecoming, there's going to be a big test on campus.

Pacific Lutheran University, a team Eastern Oregon has never defeated, is rolling into town Saturday. It will be the last visit to La Grande of legendary PLU head coach Frosty Westering, who is retiring after this season.

Westering, in his 32nd season at PLU, is one of only 11 collegiate coaches to win 300 games. He coached the Lutes to the NCAA Div. III National Champ-ionship in 1999.

The Mountaineers will be sky-high after their 21-9 win last week over Montana Tech. In that game, Eastern's defense gave up just 61 yards of offense to the Orediggers in the second half.

That win evened Eastern's record at 2-2.

The Eastern players will get a chance to see how far they have truly come against PLU. Eastern is 0-11 against the Lutes all-time.

Pacific Lutheran is 1-2 this season, but that record is probably deceiving. PLU lost 19-10 last week to Linfield, the No. 3-ranked NCAA Div. III team in the nation. The Lutes' other loss was to Azusa Pacific (21-12), the No. 8-ranked NAIA team in the nation.

Last year, the Mountaineers gave PLU a good game, losing 24-17 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Names to watch: PLU quarterback Dusty Macauley (of Sisters HS) is averaging 224.7 yards a game passing. Last year, Macauley passed for 270 yards against the Mountaineers.

The Lutes' Dave Weller has 12 catches for 191 yards and Mark McCall has 11 catches for 153 yards. The receiving duo is averaging nearly 115 yards a game of offense.

Eastern's Justin Alsterlund is averaging 125.5 yards a game in total offense (rushing, receiving, punt returns, kick returns). Major Caldwell is averaging 5.1 yards a rush and 69 yards a game on the ground.

Before the game, the Eastern Oregon cross country team will host a meet. The women's race begins at 10 a.m. and the men's race at 10:30 a.m. on campus.