Oct. 30, 2012
GAME #9: The USD Toreros (5-3; 4-1 PFL) head to the east coast this weekend to play the Marist College Red Foxes (3-5; 2-3 PFL) on Saturday, November 3rd, in Poughkeepsie, New York. Game time is 1:00 p.m. (pacific) in at Tenney Stadium (5,000 capacity).
SERIES RECORD: This is the 8th between USD and Marist with the Toreros owning a 7-0 advantage in the series. The last three meetings have been very close with USD winning by 7 points or less - 2011 (13-7), 2010 (14-10) and 2009 (17-10).
WEBCAST/VIDEO: Saturday's contest will be webcast live at www.usdtoreros.com with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 12:50 p.m. (pacific). Marist also has a fee-based video feed which can be found on their website at www.goredfoxes.com.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego returns for its final home game of the season on Saturday, November 10th with a 6:00 p.m. PFL contest against Morehead State at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium. It will be Senior Night for 17 USD senior players.
PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR NOV. 3RD: Butler (6-0 PFL; 7-2), Drake (5-0; 6-2), San Diego (4-1; 5-3), Jacksonville (4-1; 6-2), Dayton (3-3; 4-5), Marist (2-3; 3-5), Morehead State (1-4; 2-6), Davidson (1-4; 1-7), Campbell (0-5; 1-7), Valparaiso (0-5; 0-8). OTHER PFL GAMES: Jacksonville at Butler, Davidson at Morehead State, Drake at Dayton, Valparaiso at Campbell.
MILLS AND HOEKSTRA EARN WEEKLY HONORS: USD junior QB Mason Mills (Coronado, CA) was named this week's PFL offensive player of the week for his performance in the team's 41-9 home win over Dayton. Mills broke a 12-year old PFL record with 511 passing yards. It was the first 500-yard passing performance in league history and broke the record previously held by Butler's DeWayne Ewing (497 yards vs. USD on Oct. 21, 2000). Mills completed 31-of-41 passes, including four TDs, to finish the day with a 202.7 pass efficiency rating. He accounted for all but 68 yards of the San Diego offensive output. This is Mason's second PFL player of the week award this season; he also was honored back on September 8th. Junior wide receiver Sam Hoekstra (Carlsbad, CA) earned national honors from the College Football Performance Awards in Week 9. Hoekstra set a new USD single game record with 246 receiving yards on 11 receptions as he was Mills' favorite target on the night. He caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in the second period and had a long reception of 53 yards in the third period. For the season Hoekstra now has 41 receptions for 617 yards (15.0 average) and 3 touchdowns. The previous Torero single game mark for receiving yards was 234 (Nick Garton vs. Davidson, 2003).
TORERO TIDBITS: The Toreros will be gunning for their fourth straight win when they kickoff at Marist Saturday... Last season they strung together a 4-game win streak between Sept. 24th and October 15th with wins over Morehead State, Davidson, Valparaiso, and Drake... Over their past three wins USD has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 109-16... USD now ranks in four FCS team statistical departments - net punting (#9; 38.61 average), passing offense (#12; 292.13), passing efficiency (#16; 144.58) and pass efficiency defense (#20; 111.87)... Two Toreros currently rank in the top-25 for FCS individual statistics - Ernie Collins in field goals (tie-#9; 1.38) and Mason Mills in pass efficiency (#15; 146.66) and total offense (#25; 261.62)... Among PFL teams, USD ranks 1st in field goals (12-14), punting (38.6), kickoff coverage (43.0), 3rd down conversions (47.4%), 4th down conversions (73.3%), time of possession (33:52), and red zone offense (92.9%)... Collins ranks 1st among PFL players in scoring (7.2 ppg), field goals (11-13; 1.38 made per game), field goal percentage (.846) and PAT kicking (25-26; 96.2%)... For the second straight month, Collins was recognized by the Fred Mitchell Award committee for his kicking peformances on the field and his work in the community.
SCOUTING THE MARIST RED FOXES: Marist owns a record of 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the PFL... Three of their losses have been by 3 points or less, including a 17-14 decision to Butler (currently 6-0 in PFL)... The Red Foxes also own a 7-point overtime loss to Drake (currently 5-0 in the PFL)... This past weekend they snapped a 3-game skid with a 44-7 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders... Marist totaled 661 yards of offense against the Crusaders with two running backs cracking the century mark - Max Jacques (128 yards; 96-yard TD run) and Wale Onakoya (110 yards; 85-yard TD run)...QB Chuckie Looney completed 8-of-13 passes for 232 yards and 2 scores... His main target was WR Mike Rios (4 catches for 193 yards and 2 scores)... Looney and Rios opened the scoring with a 97-yard TD at the 10:20 mark of the first quarter; Rios also hauled in a 78-yarder from Looney with 2:18 left in the second quarter... The defense was paced by safety Zach Adler (9 tackles, 2 interceptions) who was tabbed the PFL Defender of the Week... Head Coach Jim Parady is in his 21st season at the helm of the program and owns an overall record of 106-108-1.
TOREROS DEAL DAYTON 41-9 LOSS: QB Mason Mills and WR Sam Hoekstra led the Toreros to a 41-9 win over Dayton with record-breaking performances to extend the Toreros home win streak to eleven games. Mills set a USD and PFL record with 511 passing yards, while Hoekstra etched his name into the USD record book with 246 receiving yards to help the Toreros earn their third consecutive win. While Mills and Hoekstra were breaking records, the Torero defense hounded Dayton quarterback Will Bardo all evening, holding him to 70 yards on 8-26 passing. The Toreros were able to score on their opening drive with an Ernie Collins 25 yard field goal, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter. In the second quarter Mills started heating up, leading the Toreros on three consecutive touchdown drives. The first touchdown came after a 13 play 90 yard drive that lasted nearly eight minutes when Mills found Brandon White in the endzone from four yards out to put USD up 10-0 early in the second quarter. After allowing a 28-yard field goal to Dayton, Mills quickly marched the Toreros down the field on a seven play 75 yard that ended with a 34 yard Hoekstra touchdown catch. After forcing the Flyers into a three-and-out, the Toreros added one more touchdown before halftime when Kenn James scampered into the endzone from one yard out to give the Toreros a 24-3 lead with just seven seconds remaining in the first half. At half, the Toreros had outgained the Flyers 332-97 in total yards and Mills had already racked up 301 passing yards. Mills picked up right where he left off in the second half, connecting with Hoekstra on passes of 53 and 26 yards before finding Reggie Bell for a seven yard touchdown to extend the Toreros lead to 34-3 with 3:35 left in the third quarter. Bell caught another Mills touchdown from 29 yards out with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. Bell finished with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The Flyers were able to find the endzone with 5:07 remaining on a Robert Washington 13 yard touchdown run, but the game was out of hand at that point. Mills finished 31-41 with four touchdowns and two interceptions and his 511 passing yards put him ahead of DeWayne Ewing from Butler for the PFL record. Ewing threw for 497 yards against San Diego in 2000. Hoekstra broke the USD record for receiving yards in a game with 246, passing Nick Garton who hauled in 234 yards against Davidson in 2003. Kenn James and Dallas Kessman paced the Toreros ground attack with 45 and 43 rushing yards respectively. Defensively, the Toreros put down the clamps on a Dayton squad that came to San Diego averaging 523 yards of offense over its three straight PFL wins. By allowing just 9 points and 263 yards of offense, the Torero defense has been dominating of late, surrendering just 16 points over its three consecutive wins. Against the Flyers, USD was paced by Zach Devaney (5 tackles and 1 sack for -7 yards), Steve Gargiulo (4 solo stops, 1 sack for -6 yards, 1 quarterback hurry and 3 tackles for loss), Matt Miller (4 tackles), Fred Obi (4 tackles) and Michael Ruffino (4 stops). Defensive captain Dustin Geyer chipped in with 2 stops and a forced fumble, and Drew Harris corraled his team-leading 3rd interception of the season.