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Willamette Bearcats and Conner Mertens upset No. 5 Linfield

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Conner Mertens supplies the difference-making field goal in Willamette's shocking upset win at Linfield College.

The Willamette University Bearcats stunned the Linfield College Wildcats Saturday, 31-28, in one of the biggest upsets in college football this season. Linfield was ranked No. 5 in the nation in Div. III and hosted the game. It was the first loss for Linfield in the lat 42 regular season games, dating back to 2008. Willamette was 4-2 this season coming into the game.

Conner Mertens, the Willamette place kicker who came out publicly earlier this year, supplied the difference-making field goal late in the first half.

Mertens celebrated the big win on Twitter:

Mertens scored seven points in the game, going 1-for-2 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 for PATs. Mertens even recorded a tackle.