SAN DIEGO, Calif - The University of San Diego football team (2-2, 1-0) opened up PFL play with a convincing 51-14 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders (0-4, 0-1) to extend the Toreros home win streak to nine.
The game was never in question as the Toreros opened up the contest by scoring 37 unanswered points.
Junior running back Kenn James got to the Toreros offense in a groove early, running for 50 yards on the opening drive, which James ended with an 11 yard touchdown run.
After forcing the Crusaders into a three-and-out, junior quarterback Mason Mills led the Toreros on a six-play 90 yard drive. Mills was able to scramble into the end zone from five yards out to put the Toreros up 13-0. Mills touchdown run was set up by a 43 yard reception by junior wide receiver Sam Hoekstra.
Freshman running back Darrion Hancock played a huge role on the Toreros next scoring drive, rushing for 35 yards on five carries, which set up a Lawrence Larivee seven yard touchdown reception off a Mills play action pass.
The Toreros quickly got the ball back after junior defensive lineman Weston Yahn forced a fumble that senior linebacker Zach Dunaj recovered on the Valparaiso 14 yard line. Four plays later Darrion Hancock ran it in from one yard out to extend the USD lead to 27-0.
After another Crusader three and out, the Toreros offense struck quickly on a 4 play 69 yard drive. This time Mills found sophomore wide receiver Brandon White in the end zone on an 18 yard pass putting the Toreros up 34-0.
Ernie Collins connected on a 48 yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving the Toreros a 37-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
The Crusaders got on the scoreboard on their first drive of the second half after driving 75 yards in eight plays, which ended with 21 yard touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman to Mike Gerton.
The Toreros answered right back when Mills found Hoekstra for a 52 yard pass and catch, pushing the score to 44-7 USD.
The big lead gave head coach Ron Caragher an opportunity to play some of his reserves. Freshman running back Dallas Kessman took advantage, rushing for 25 yards on four carries including a six yard touchdown scamper.
Mason Mills, who only played one series in the second half, finished an effective 17-20 with 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. His favorite weapon of the day was Sam Hoesktra, who hauled in five catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.
Kenn James had his first big game of the 2012 season rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Darrion Hancock chipped in 66 yards on 11 carries. The Toreros outrushed Valparaiso 260-30.
Zach Dunaj led the USD defense with six tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Junior defensive end Steve Gargiulo chipped in with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Matt Miller also had an interception.
USD, who has a bye next week, will face Drake on the road October 6 at 10:30 a.m.
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