The University of San Diego football team fell to Harvard 28-13 Saturday morning in a non-conference matchup. The Toreros couldn't repeat the fourth quarter magic of a week ago as they allowed Harvard to score 21 unanswered points in the final quarter after holding a 13-7 lead.
The Toreros (1-2) started the game by marching down the field on a methodical 19 play 81 yard drive. However the Torero offense stalled on the goal line and settled for a 20 yard Ernie Collinsfield goal.
The Crimson (1-0) found their way into the end zone at the beginning of the second quarter when quarterback Colton Chapple connected with Cameron Brate for a 29 yard touchdown, putting Harvard up 7-3, which would be the score going into the halftime break.
The Toreros were able to score on their opening drive of the second half as Ernie Collinsbooted another long field goal, this one from was 48 yards and brought the score to 7-6 Harvard.
After forcing the Crimson into a three and out, the Toreros put together their most impressive drive of the day. Junior quarterback Mason Mills led the Toreros on a 10 play 69 yard drive that ended with a Logan Smith25 yard touchdown reception putting USD up 13-7 with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The Crimson answered back with a 9 play 94 yard drive that ended with an eight yard touchdown from Chapple to Kyle Juszczyk putting the Crimson back on top 14-13. The Toreros had chances to stop the Crimson but committed three turnovers on what would end up being the game winning drive.
The Toreros had multiple chances in the fourth quarter but couldn't find a rhythm on offense and went three and out on three consecutive possessions.
The Crimson were able to close the game out with an 8 play 82 yard drive that resulted in a Treavor Scales one yard touchdown run.
Scales finished the Toreros off with another touchdown, this one came from 66 yards out and put Harvard up 28-13 with just over a minute remaining.
"Hats off to Harvard for playing a good game when it mattered most. Second and fourth quarters they played very solid football, while for us we played our best ball in the 1st and 3rd quarters," said head coach Ron Caragher. "That being said, they were able to finish strong. We came out in both halves fast, but just didn't have enough to get the job done."
The Toreros offensive line, which had trouble with the Crimson defensive pressure all day, allowed seven sacks and couldn't establish the run game. Harvard, led by Scales 177 rushing yards, outrushed the Toreros 215-58.
Mills had a busy day, setting USD records for completions (38) and pass attempts (63) while throwing for 354 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Chapple paced the Crimson offense going 16-29 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Whitehad a career day hauling in 12 passes for 135 yards. His 12 receptions are the second most in a game by a USD player. Mills connected with three other receivers for 5 catches each - Joe Ferguson (43 yards), Colin King (43 yards) and Kenn James (13 yards).
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