When the 2001 season started off at 1-2 and whispers about a possible end of the "streak", things didn't look good for the 'Cats as they were behind at #9 Menlo 27-9 in the 3rd quarter. Coach Jay Locey inserted Sophomore QB Tyler Matthews into the game of hopes of capturing some momentum. Matthews threw two quick TD passes and brought the 'Cats within reach at 22-27 early in the 4th quarter..
However, it looked like Menlo would ice the game on a mid-4th quarter TD run, but Linfield DB Ike Ellis would strip the ball at the one yard line. Five plays later Matthews found TE Marcus Ward for a 74 yard game winning strike and Linfield hasn't lost in the regular season since (41 straight regular season games and 50-3 overall)