The brilliant performances by Menlo quarterback Matt Pelesasa and wide receiver Robert Adan were not enough as the Oaks fell in their final tilt of 2011, 25-19 to Southern Oregon. Pelesasa, the native of Redwood City, threw for a game high 286 yards including two touchdowns, the second of which knotted the score at 19 a piece early in the fourth quarter. With 11:59 remaining in the contest, Menlo trailed 19-13 when the Oaks quarterback connected with Adan for 40 yards to tie the score. Adan finished his dominant 2011 campaign with an outstanding 10 catch, 166 yards, and 2 TD final game showing, ending his junior season with 12 total touchdowns.
With the score now even at 19, it didn't take long for the Raiders to respond as one offensive play later Southern Oregon QB Austin Dodge threw a 45-yard TD strike to Mike Olson to give the Raiders the 25-19 advantage after the point after attempt failed. Dodge finished his afternoon passing for 283 yards and three touchdown passes.
The final Southern Oregon score capped off an exciting back and forth contest that saw neither team take more than a one touchdown lead. The Oaks got on the board first after an opening seven play, 41-yard scoring drive that ended in a 2-yard James Yoder rushing TD to give Menlo a 7-0 advantage. The first quarter touchdown was just the beginning in a dramatic first frame that saw three TD's and a safety as the Oaks led 13-9 after the game's first 15 minutes.
Menlo's Adan and SOU's Olson both caught first quarter TD's while the Raider's Juwuan Brown was responsible for the safety to cut the deficit to 13-9. Southern Oregon was able to take a 16-13 first half lead thanks to a Dodge 42-yard touchdown bomb to Cole McKenize, who ended the afternoon with 84 receiving yards in the 25-19 victory.
Defensively, the Oaks received stellar contributions from two of their senior leaders in what was their final action of their collegiate careers. Beau Bussani capped off his four year tenure with three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and recovery, along with three pass break ups. Fellow senior Chris Tosello notched three more sacks, giving him an impressive 13 on the year.
Menlo wraps up their 2011 campaign with a 5-5 record, their most wins since the 2003 season.