Oct. 9, 2012
The USD Toreros (2-3; 1-1 PFL) will look to get back to their winning ways when they play host to Campbell University (1-4; 0-2 PFL) this Saturday, October 13th. Game time is 2:05 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium (6,000 capacity). This is USD's homecoming game and family weekend. Individual tickets are $12 (reserved), $10 (GA adult) and $8 (GA child, ages 4-12).
SERIES RECORD: This is just the third meeting between these two programs with the series tied at 1-all... Campbell won last year's meeting in Buies Creek, NC by the score of 48-24. The Toreros won the first ever meeting in 2008 (Sept. 20th) by the score of 43-7.
WEBCAST/VIDEO: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 1:50 p.m. (PST).
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego continues PFL play with a road contest at Jacksonville University on Saturday, October 20th (10:00 a.m. Pacific).
PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR OCT. 13TH: Jacksonville (3-0 PFL; 5-1), Butler (3-0; 4-2), Drake (3-0; 4-2), San Diego (1-1; 2-3), Marist (1-1; 2-3), Dayton (1-2; 2-4),Morehead State (0-2; 1-4), Campbell (0-2; 1-4), Valparaiso (0-2; 0-5), Davidson (0-2; 0-5). OTHER PFL GAMES: Butler at Marist, Jacksonville at Davidson, Morehead State at Dayton, Drake at Valparaiso.
TORERO TIDBITS: USD heads into the Campbell game with a 1-1 PFL record and 2-3 overall mark... The Toreros have won 9 straight home games at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium... Its three losses this season have come to teams with a combined record of 13-2 (#15 Cal Poly, 5-0 record; #22 Harvard, 4-0 record; and Drake, 4-2)... The Toreros rank 14th among all FCS team in net punting (38.38 yards per game) and 19th in passing offense (267.80)... Three different Toreros rank in the Top-25 individually - junior wide receiver Sam Hoekstra (#13 in punt returns; 11.75 yards per return), sophomore wide receiver Brandon White (tie-#23 in receptions per game, 6.20); and senior kicker Ernie Collins (t-#25 in field goals, 1.20 per contest)... Among PFL teams for all games, San Diego ranks first in punting (38.4 net yards per punt), time of possession (32:56), red zone offense (14-for-15; 93.3%), 3rd down conversions (37-for-77; 48.1% ), 4th down conversions (6-for-10; 60%), and kickoff coverage (net average of 43.5 yards per kickoff)... Torero individuals among PFL statistical category leaders include Ernie Collins (t-1st in field goals made per game, 1.20; 2nd in scoring, 6.4 points per game), Sam Hoekstra (1st in punt returns, 11.8), Drew Harris (tie-1st in interceptions, 0.40 per game), Kenn James (3rd in rushing, 56.0 yards per game; 3rd in all-purpose yards, 121.0), and Brandon White (2nd in receptions per game, 6.2; 3rd in receiving yards per game, 68.2).
TOREROS DROP 38-10 PFL CONTEST AT DRAKE: USD suffered a 38-10 loss at Drake in PFL action. The Toreros were unable to recover after falling into a 14-0 hole in the 1st quarter. Turnovers proved to be the difference for USD as Drake only held a slight edge in offensive yardage, 378-366. The Toreros threw four interceptions and fumbled twice. Kenn James barely missed out on his second consecutive 100+ yard rushing game for the Toreros after running for 98 yards on 23 carries, while Logan Smith hauled in 8 catches for 99 yards on the day. Mason Mills completed 24-of-37 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted four times. Drake got on the board with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter when Kevin Marshall caught a 5-yard TD pass from Mike Piatkowski, one of three TD passes for Piatkowski on the day. The Bulldogs picked off a Mills pass at the USD 33-yard line less than two minutes later and converted the turnover into a 23-yard touchdown pass from Piatkowski to Nick Rosa that put Drake up 14-0. USD answered at the 8:11 mark in the 2nd quarter when Mills and Brandon White connected for a two-yard TD pass, cutting the Drake lead to 14-7. The Toreros would stay within seven until the waning seconds of the first half when Rosa caught a 40-yard TD pass from Piatkowski that put Drake up 21-7 heading into the intermission. That would prove to be as close as USD would get as Drake came out in the 2nd half and converted back-to-back Torero turnovers to take a 31-7 lead with 6:37 remaining in the third quarter. Piatkowski scored with an eight-yard run, followed by a 20-yard field goal by Cam Bohnert. In the fourth quarter, Ernie Collins nailed a 28-yard field goal at the 11:20 mark that brought the score to 31-10, but that would be the end of the scoring for the Toreros. TJ James capped off the day for Drake with an 18-yard TD run with 8:01 left in the game that put the score at the eventual final of 38-10. Piatkowski finished the day 21-of-31 passing for 250 yards. Zach Devaney led the Toreros with seven tackles on the day and Zach Dunaj recorded a sack for USD to go along with his six tackles.
MILLS HONORED BY SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS: Junior quarterback Mason Mills (Coronado, CA) was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Amateur Star of the Month for September. He guided the Toreros to a 2-2 mark, with the lone losses coming on the road to Cal Poly (now #15 in FCS poll) and Harvard (now #22 FCS poll). For the month Mills completed 66.0% of his passes with 97 completions on 147 attempts. He totaled 1,037 yards passing and 8 touchdowns. In loss at Harvard he set new USD single game marks for attempts (63) and completions (38) while totaling 354 yards and 1 TD. In home win over Western New Mexico, where he was named the PFL offensive player of the week, he completed 27-37 passes for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns. In USD's PFL opener against Valparaiso, a 51-14 win, he completed 17-20 passes for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added a 5-yard TD run. He left the game early in the third period. Mason will be recognized at the Salute to Champions dinner on February 25, 2013.
SCOUTING THE CAMPBELL FIGHTING CAMELS: Campbell (1-4; 0-2 PFL) is coming off a bye week... In their last outing back on September 29th they dropped a 35-7 home decision to the Drake Bulldogs... Campbell was paced by junior QB Dakota Wolf who rushed for 41 yards, and completed 13-of-27 passes for 169 yards and 1 touchdown... Wide receiver AJ Artis grabbed 4 passes for a season-high 95 yards, including a 57-yard scoring reception in the third period... For the game Campbell finished with 169 passing yards and 57 rushing yards, while the defense gave up 481 yards of offense to Drake (283 pass, 198 rush)... Through 5 games Campbell is averaging 331.2 yards of offense (184 pass, 147.2 rush)... Head Coach Dale Steele (14-35, 5th year) returns 38 letterwinners and 9 starters (4 offense, 5 defense) from last year's 6-5 ball club (5-3 PFL mark).