Sept. 1, 2012
San Luis Obispo, CA-
Cal Poly's triple option rushing attack was too much for the University of San Diego football team as the Mustangs handed the Toreros a 41-14 loss in the season opener Saturday afternoon.
The Toreros found themselves down 10-0 to start the game after two long Mustangs drives. The first was a 10 play 59-yard drive that ended in a 26-yard field goal by Bobby Zalud.
The second scoring drive for the Mustangs was a 12 play 64-yard drive that ended in a two yard touchdown run by Kristaan Ivory putting the Mustangs up 10-0 with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Toreros answered back with a long drive of their own. Freshman running back Darrion Hancock had several key plays during an 11 play 75-yard drive that ended with a Hancock one-yard touchdown run, the first of his collegiate career.
The Mustangs had another opportunity to score before the half when they were given a short field after a Hancock fumble. Although the Torero defense held its ground and forced the Mustangs to settle for a 30 yard Zalud field goal, which gave the Mustangs a 13-7 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs quickly marched down the field on the first drive of the second half, scoring on a 56 yard run by quarterback Andre Broadous.
The Toreros caught a break with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter when redshirt junior Weston Yahn recovered a fumble after a bad snap at the Mustang 38-yard line. The ball bounced the Toreros way once again on the ensuing drive when a Joe Ferguson fumble was recovered in the endzone by freshman Tobin Gramyk bringing the score to 20-14 Mustangs with 6:17 remaining in the third .
The Toreros entered the fourth quarter down 20-14, but the game quickly went the Mustangs way from there. Behind the attack of Broadous and Deonte Williams, the Mustangs scored three touchdowns in a span of six minutes.
The first came with 11:46 left in the game when Broadous connected with Akaninyene Umoh for a seven-yard touchdown.
On the first play of the following drive, Mason Mills was intercepted by Johnny Millard, which set up a five-yard rushing touchdown for Broadous, his second of the game.
The final touchdown came with 5:47 remaining when Broadus connected with Williams on a 12-yard screen pass.
The Mustangs outrushed the Toreros 342-91. They were led by Broadous who had 15 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Broadous also completed 12-19 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Deonte Williams chipped in with 109 yards on 21 carries.
Junior college transfer Joe Ferguson led the Toreros rushing attack with 13 carries for 43 yards. True freshman Darrion Hancock also chipped in 29 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown. Junior wideout Sam Hoekstra had five receptions for 50 yards. Quarterback Mason Mills went 15-27 for 138 yards and three interceptions.
Joey York and Zach Dunaj led the Torero defense, recording 14 and 13 tackles respectively. The Mustangs Nick Dzubnar tallied nine tackles to lead the Cal Poly defense.
It was the first of two non-conference games San Diego will have against FCS scholarship programs. The Toreros will travel to Harvard September 15.
San Diego has its home opener next Saturday at 6 p.m. as they host the Western New Mexico University Mustangs in a non-conference game.