GAME #2: The USD Toreros (0-1), under the direction of first year head coach Dale Lindsey, open up their 2013 home slate this Saturday, September 7th, against the Western New Mexico University Mustangs (0-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium.
SERIES RECORD: This is just the third meeting between USD and WNMU with the Toreros owning a 2-0 series lead... Last year the Toreros rallied behind two Mason Mills toucdown passes in the final five minutes to escape with a hard fought 34-27 victory... Mills finished with 303 yards passing and four touchdown passes... In 2011 these two programs met for the first time on September 10th and the Toreros came away with a 30-10 victory at Torero Stadium... In the win QB Mason Mills connected with WR Brandon White for two touchdowns, and CB Ryan Costa paced the defense with an 88-yard interception return for a score.
WEBCAST/VIDEO STREAM: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin (play-by-play) and JT Rogan (color analyst) calling the action. The pre-game begins at 5:50 pm (PST). The audio-video feed will be streamed at www.usdtoreros.com.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros have a bye next week before returning to Torero Stadium on Saturday, September 21st with a 12 noon kickoff against the Harvard Crimson (0-0).
PFL STANDINGS/SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 7TH: Mercer (1-0), Stetson (1-0), Davidson (0-0), Butler (0-1), Campbell (0-1), Dayton (0-1), Drake (0-1), Jacksonville (0-1), Marist (0-1), Morehead State (0-1), San Diego (0-1), Valparaiso (0-1). Upcoming Games: Duquesne at Dayton, Valparaiso at St. Joseph's (Ind.), Morehead State at Youngstown State, Drake at Northern Iowa, Davidson at Georgetown, Virginia-Wise at Campbell, Wittenberg at Butler, Marist at Bucknell, Jacksonville at Jacksonville State, Stetson at Florida Tech, Western New Mexico at San Diego, Mercer (bye).
TOREROS DROP OPENER AT #11 CAL POLY 38-16: The USD Toreros dropped its season-opener to No. 11 Cal Poly, 38-16, this past Saturday evening in a non-conference game at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Mason Mills completed 29-of-36 passes for 230 yards and had a pair of touchdowns to pace the Torero offense. Kenn James rushed for 102 yards on jsut seven carries, including a 67-yard run, and Reggie Bell had 109 receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Miller led the way with 11 total tackles, while Zach Devaney recorded eight tackles. The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first, as running back Kristaan Ivory took the opening offensive play for the team 81 yards on the ground to give Cal Poly a 7-0 lead. Three USD possessions later, San Diego got on the scoreboard. Senior quarterback Mason Mills led the Toreros 45 yards down the field on nine plays, setting up a 22-yard field goal by David Last, to move the score to 7-3. In the second quarter, the Mustangs were finally able to get past a stingy USD defense, and managed to score a 44-yard field goal, to regain a 7-point lead at 10-3. San Diego's next possession resulted in a seven play, 66-yard drive, that was capped on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Mills to TE Matt Guillaume, to even the score at 10-all. Cal Poly was then able to sneak in the end zone just before halftime on a Ivory 2-yard run, which capped a 7-play 65-yard drive to give the home team a 17-10 lead heading into the break. Cal Poly then scored a pair of long touchdown runs (61 & 45) in the third quarter, and one in the fourth, while the Toreros would only be able to find the endzone once more (Reggie Bell 2-yeard TD reception) to cap off the game at 38-16.
TORERO TIDBITS: Senior QB Mason Mills got off to a solid start for his final campaign... After completing 29-of-36 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Mills ranks #5 among FCS passers with 29 completions per game, and #25 in passing efficiency (152.6 rating)... Junior WR Reggie Bell is t-6th in receptions per game (9.0) and 21st in receiving yards per game (109)... Freshman punter Ryan Belden, whose first collegiate punt went for 60 yards, ranks 29th among FCS punters with his 41.3 yards per punt average... Senior RB Kenn James, who totaled 102 yards rushing on just 7 attempts, ranks #31 in rushing yards... Redshirt junior safety Matt Miller is t-37th in total tackles per contest (11.0)... Redshirt safety Matt Miller, who is from Santa Maria (just south of San Luis Obispo), totaled a career-high 11 tackles (6 solo) against the Mustangs... His previous personal best was 6 stops at Davidson (2012).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros enter this Saturday's home contest riding a 12-game winning streak... USD has gone a perfect 5-0 in each of the past two seasons, and won its final two home games in 2010... The team's last loss came nearly three years ago, a 21-20 loss to Dayton (October 9, 2010)... QB Mason Mills has been the starter in all 12 wins during the current streak with the following impressive cumulative passing totals: 245-of-341 (71.8%) for 3,022 yards adn 29 touchdowns... USD's school record for consecutive home wins is 28 (during 2004-2008 seasons).
SCOUTING THE WMNU MUSTANGS: This is the season opener for the Western New Mexico University Mustangs... They are an NCAA Division II scholarship program and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference... With roughly 60 players on the Mustang roster from California, traveling for this road game will seem like a home game... The Mustangs were picked to finish seventh in the RMAC this season after going 4-7, 3-6 RMAC last year. Four All-RMAC players return from last year - Mitch Glassman (6-3, Soph. QB, league Offensive Player of the Year), Donald Byrd (5-10, Jr., WR, 3rd team All-RMAC), Michael Coe (6-3, So., OL, 3rd team All-RMAC) and Zachary Dembrowski (5-11, Jr., OLB, 3rd team All-RMAC)... Glassman completed 249-of-426 for 3,139 yards and 27 TDs... Byrd was second on the team in receptions with 65 for 847 yards and 7 TDs... The team's top two rushers from a year ago also return - senior Abraham Macias (766 yards, 7 TDs) and junior John De La Rosa (511 yards, 6 TDs)... Defensively the Mustangs are paced by Dembrowski (69 tackles, 9 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss) and MLB Jerald Hines (61 tackles, 8.5 sacks)... Head Coach Adam Clark (St. Ambrose, '02) enters his 4th season... He owns a three year record of 13-20... He played locally at Grossmont College.
USD TABBED PFL FAVORITE IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The University of San Diego, which has won a share of the last two Pioneer Football League regular season titles, was picked to win the 2013 PFL crown in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The upcoming 2013 season marks the 21st year for the Pioneer Football League - the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league expands to 12 members for the upcoming campaign, Mercer and Stetson restarting their football programs and joining the league. In addition, the league's regular-season champion will receive an automatic bid into the now 24-team 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Last season, the PFL race ended in a three-way tie with San Diego, Butler and Drake each claiming a share of the crown with identical 7-1 league marks. The league's coaches see another tight race in 2013 with four teams claiming at least one first-place vote and those four teams separated by just 12 points. San Diego received five of a possible 12 first-place votes and 111 of a maximum 121 points as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Butler was ranked second by one point after receiving four first-place votes. Drake and Jacksonville were picked to finish tied for third with 99 points, receiving one and two first-place votes, respectively. Dayton was picked to finish fifth with 85 points followed by Marist which rounded out the poll's top half with 67 points for sixth place. Morehead State starts the bottom half of the poll, but with 65 points was just two points behind Marist. Campbell (8th, 49 points), Davidson (9th, 42) and Valparaiso (10th, 32) occupy the poll's next three spots. Newcomers Mercer (11th, 20) and Stetson (12th, 13) round out the 12-team poll.
HOEKSTRA EARNS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS: San Diego senior Sam Hoekstra was selected to two Preseason All-America squads for his special teams play as a punt returner. He was tabbed 3rd team by both The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America team and the College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-America team. Last season he ranked 20th among all FCS players in punt returns with his 9.18 yards per return average. He enters his final season already as USD's career leader in punt return yards (620), and with his 4th return in 2013, his 65 career returns will top the list currently held by Gavin Ng (64, 2000-2003).
TRIO OF TOREROS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PFL SQUAD: A trio of USD football players were among the 26-man 2013 Preseason All-PFL squads, the league announced today. The three seniors include fullback Lawrence Larivee (Chino Hills, Calif.), wide receiver/return specialist Sam Hoekstra (Carlsbad, Calif.) and offensive tackle Cody Tescher (Glendora, Calif.). Last season Larivee was an All-PFL first team selection, while Hoekstra and Tescher were second team. Returning players who were selected to the leagues' 2012 All-PFL teams were automatically selected to the 2013 preseason team in order of voting. Thirteen preseason selections were first-team selections last season.
PIONEER/TORERO FOOTBALL REUNION - SEPT. 20-21: The Pioneer/Torero Football reunion will be held the weekend of September 20-21, 2013 for all who have played or coached at least one year of football at the University of San Diego. On Friday, September 20th, there will be a golf event at Admiral Baker Golf Course beginning at 12 noon, followed by a Happy Hour reception from 5:30-7:30 pm. (location TBD). On Saturday, September 21st, there will be a pre-game brunch/tailgate beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by Alumni heading down to field at 11:30 a.m. to greet the team before the 12 noon contest with Harvard. Following the game there will be a reunion reception and dinner. For further information, contact Brian Fogarty in the USD Athletic Development office at (619) 260-4614.
FOUR RECEIVE 2012 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Four Toreros were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America District 8 Division I football team. The four Toreros included senior OL Matt Peleti (Laguna Niguel, CA; 3.61 GPA, Finance), junior DB Robbie Beathard (San Diego, CA; 3.79 GPA, Accountancy), junior DE Blake Oliaro (Folsom, CA; 3.56 GPA, Mechanical Engineering), and sophomore DB Troy McClelland (San Diego, CA; 3.84 GPA, Accountancy).
TOREROS TEN YEAR RUN: Over the past 10 seasons (2003-2012) the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 81-29 (73.6 winning %)... Last year the Toreros won their final six games to finish 8-3 overall and with a 7-1 Pioneer Football League mark and share of the PFL title for the second straight year... Over the past 10 years the Toreros own an overall PFL record of 51-15 with a share or outright ownership of the league title six times.
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