Oct. 20, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The University of San Diego football team defeated Jacksonville University 24-7 Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-1 in the Pioneer Football League.
It was the first road win of the season for the Toreros and snapped Jacksonville's 16 game home winning streak, which was the longest in the FCS.
"We're real excited," said head coach Ron Caragher. "The team came in and had a good week of practice. We knew some things were at stake. Jacksonville had a great home win streak here, 16 games. Unfortunately we hadn't won on the road this season and I challenged them. I said if we want to get back in this (PFL) race that we need to come out and play a good game. I'm really proud of these young men in all three phases of the game. Offense played good and moved the ball well. The defense did just a great job in the first half, especially putting pressure on their quarterbacks. And special teams did a good job with coverage against some very dynamic return guys on Jacksonville. And Ernie (Collins) kicked the heck out of the ball all day, and when called upon at the end of the game he drilled a field goal from 43 yards out to put us up three scores and ice the game."
Toreros quarterback Mason Mills threw for three touchdowns to help USD open up a 21-0 lead and the defense played strong all game holding the Dolphins to 3-17 on third down conversions.
The Dolphins starting quarterback Kade Bell had to leave the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, forcing sophomore Treviu Folston into action. The Torero defense was able to stifle Folston and the Dolphin offense for the entire first half, not allowing them past midfield until the third quarter.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when Mills found senior tight end Kyle Lokanc streaking down the middle of the field for a 39-yard touchdown. It was Lokanc's first touchdown of the season.
The Toreros second touchdown was set up by a Folston fumble, which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Una Hamala
at the Dolphins 31 yard line. This time Mills found junior Sam Hoekstra
for a 26 yard touchdown to put the Toreros up 14-0, which would be the score at halftime.
Mills and the Toreros were able to add on to their lead in the third quarter on a seven-play 68 yard drive that ended with a 34 yard swing pass to junior fullback Lawrence Larivee, his second touchdown of the season.
The Dolphins answered back with an impressive 93 yard drive, which ended with a 30 yard touchdown pass from Folston to tight end Andrew Robustelli to bring the score to 21-7 Toreros midway through the third quarter.
That would be all the scoring the Dolphins could put together as the Toreros defense forced the Dolphins into two three and outs in the second half to preserve the lead.
Dallas Kessman helped the Toreros run the clock out late in the fourth quarter and set up an Ernie Collins 43 yard field goal to bring the final score to 24-7. Kessman finished the game with 72 yards on 19 carries to lead the Toreros rushing attack. Freshman Darrion Hancock finished with 42 yards on nine carries.
Mills went 15-29 for 217 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Hoekstra lead all Toreros receivers with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Toreros were led by senior Fred Obi's ten tackles. Blake Oliaro had 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
The Toreros (4-3, 3-1) return home next Saturday to host Dayton (4-4, 3-2) as they look to extend their ten game home win streak. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.