Sep 4, 2013
Dale Lindsey, open up their 2013 home slate this Saturday, September 7th, against the Western New Mexico University Mustangs (0-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium.
SERIES RECORD: This is just the third meeting between USD and WNMU with the Toreros owning a 2-0 series lead... Last year the Toreros rallied behind two Mason Mills toucdown passes in the final five minutes to escape with a hard fought 34-27 victory... Mills finished with 303 yards passing and four touchdown passes... In 2011 these two programs met for the first time on September 10th and the Toreros came away with a 30-10 victory at Torero Stadium... In the win QB Mason Mills connected with WR Brandon White for two touchdowns, and CB Ryan Costa paced the defense with an 88-yard interception return for a score.
WEBCAST/VIDEO STREAM: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin (play-by-play) and JT Rogan (color analyst) calling the action. The pre-game begins at 5:50 pm (PST). The audio-video feed will be streamed at www.usdtoreros.com.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros have a bye next week before returning to Torero Stadium on Saturday, September 21st with a 12 noon kickoff against the Harvard Crimson (0-0).
PFL STANDINGS/SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 7TH: Mercer (1-0), Stetson (1-0), Davidson (0-0), Butler (0-1), Campbell (0-1), Dayton (0-1), Drake (0-1), Jacksonville (0-1), Marist (0-1), Morehead State (0-1), San Diego (0-1), Valparaiso (0-1). Upcoming Games: Duquesne at Dayton, Valparaiso at St. Joseph's (Ind.), Morehead State at Youngstown State, Drake at Northern Iowa, Davidson at Georgetown, Virginia-Wise at Campbell, Wittenberg at Butler, Marist at Bucknell, Jacksonville at Jacksonville State, Stetson at Florida Tech, Western New Mexico at San Diego, Mercer (bye).
TOREROS DROP OPENER AT #11 CAL POLY 38-16: The USD Toreros dropped its season-opener to No. 11 Cal Poly, 38-16, this past Saturday evening in a non-conference game at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Mason Mills completed 29-of-36 passes for 230 yards and had a pair of touchdowns to pace the Torero offense. Kenn James rushed for 102 yards on jsut seven carries, including a 67-yard run, and Reggie Bell had 109 receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Miller led the way with 11 total tackles, while Zach Devaney recorded eight tackles. The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first, as running back Kristaan Ivory took the opening offensive play for the team 81 yards on the ground to give Cal Poly a 7-0 lead. Three USD possessions later, San Diego got on the scoreboard. Senior quarterback Mason Mills led the Toreros 45 yards down the field on nine plays, setting up a 22-yard field goal by David Last, to move the score to 7-3. In the second quarter, the Mustangs were finally able to get past a stingy USD defense, and managed to score a 44-yard field goal, to regain a 7-point lead at 10-3. San Diego's next possession resulted in a seven play, 66-yard drive, that was capped on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Mills to TE Matt Guillaume, to even the score at 10-all. Cal Poly was then able to sneak in the end zone just before halftime on a Ivory 2-yard run, which capped a 7-play 65-yard drive to give the home team a 17-10 lead heading into the break. Cal Poly then scored a pair of long touchdown runs (61 & 45) in the third quarter, and one in the fourth, while the Toreros would only be able to find the endzone once more (Reggie Bell 2-yeard TD reception) to cap off the game at 38-16.
TORERO TIDBITS: Senior QB Mason Mills got off to a solid start for his final campaign... After completing 29-of-36 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Mills ranks #5 among FCS passers with 29 completions per game, and #25 in passing efficiency (152.6 rating)... Junior WR Reggie Bell is t-6th in receptions per game (9.0) and 21st in receiving yards per game (109)... Freshman punter Ryan Belden, whose first collegiate punt went for 60 yards, ranks 29th among FCS punters with his 41.3 yards per punt average... Senior RB Kenn James, who totaled 102 yards rushing on just 7 attempts, ranks #31 in rushing yards... Redshirt junior safety Matt Miller is t-37th in total tackles per contest (11.0)... Redshirt safety Matt Miller, who is from Santa Maria (just south of San Luis Obispo), totaled a career-high 11 tackles (6 solo) against the Mustangs... His previous personal best was 6 stops at Davidson (2012).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros enter this Saturday's home contest riding a 12-game winning streak... USD has gone a perfect 5-0 in each of the past two seasons, and won its final two home games in 2010... The team's last loss came nearly three years ago, a 21-20 loss to Dayton (October 9, 2010)... QB Mason Mills has been the starter in all 12 wins during the current streak with the following impressive cumulative passing totals: 245-of-341 (71.8%) for 3,022 yards adn 29 touchdowns... USD's school record for consecutive home wins is 28 (during 2004-2008 seasons).
SCOUTING THE WMNU MUSTANGS: This is the season opener for the Western New Mexico University Mustangs... They are an NCAA Division II scholarship program and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference... With roughly 60 players on the Mustang roster from California, traveling for this road game will seem like a home game... The Mustangs were picked to finish seventh in the RMAC this season after going 4-7, 3-6 RMAC last year. Four All-RMAC players return from last year - Mitch Glassman (6-3, Soph. QB, league Offensive Player of the Year), Donald Byrd (5-10, Jr., WR, 3rd team All-RMAC), Michael Coe (6-3, So., OL, 3rd team All-RMAC) and Zachary Dembrowski (5-11, Jr., OLB, 3rd team All-RMAC)... Glassman completed 249-of-426 for 3,139 yards and 27 TDs... Byrd was second on the team in receptions with 65 for 847 yards and 7 TDs... The team's top two rushers from a year ago also return - senior Abraham Macias (766 yards, 7 TDs) and junior John De La Rosa (511 yards, 6 TDs)... Defensively the Mustangs are paced by Dembrowski (69 tackles, 9 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss) and MLB Jerald Hines (61 tackles, 8.5 sacks)... Head Coach Adam Clark (St. Ambrose, '02) enters his 4th season... He owns a three year record of 13-20... He played locally at Grossmont College.
USD TABBED PFL FAVORITE IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The University of San Diego, which has won a share of the last two Pioneer Football League regular season titles, was picked to win the 2013 PFL crown in a preseason vote of the league's coaches. The upcoming 2013 season marks the 21st year for the Pioneer Football League - the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league expands to 12 members for the upcoming campaign, Mercer and Stetson restarting their football programs and joining the league. In addition, the league's regular-season champion will receive an automatic bid into the now 24-team 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Last season, the PFL race ended in a three-way tie with San Diego, Butler and Drake each claiming a share of the crown with identical 7-1 league marks. The league's coaches see another tight race in 2013 with four teams claiming at least one first-place vote and those four teams separated by just 12 points. San Diego received five of a possible 12 first-place votes and 111 of a maximum 121 points as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Butler was ranked second by one point after receiving four first-place votes. Drake and Jacksonville were picked to finish tied for third with 99 points, receiving one and two first-place votes, respectively. Dayton was picked to finish fifth with 85 points followed by Marist which rounded out the poll's top half with 67 points for sixth place. Morehead State starts the bottom half of the poll, but with 65 points was just two points behind Marist. Campbell (8th, 49 points), Davidson (9th, 42) and Valparaiso (10th, 32) occupy the poll's next three spots. Newcomers Mercer (11th, 20) and Stetson (12th, 13) round out the 12-team poll.
HOEKSTRA EARNS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS: San Diego senior Sam Hoekstra was selected to two Preseason All-America squads for his special teams play as a punt returner. He was tabbed 3rd team by both The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America team and the College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-America team. Last season he ranked 20th among all FCS players in punt returns with his 9.18 yards per return average. He enters his final season already as USD's career leader in punt return yards (620), and with his 4th return in 2013, his 65 career returns will top the list currently held by Gavin Ng (64, 2000-2003).
TRIO OF TOREROS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PFL SQUAD: A trio of USD football players were among the 26-man 2013 Preseason All-PFL squads, the league announced today. The three seniors include fullback Lawrence Larivee (Chino Hills, Calif.), wide receiver/return specialist Sam Hoekstra (Carlsbad, Calif.) and offensive tackle Cody Tescher (Glendora, Calif.). Last season Larivee was an All-PFL first team selection, while Hoekstra and Tescher were second team. Returning players who were selected to the leagues' 2012 All-PFL teams were automatically selected to the 2013 preseason team in order of voting. Thirteen preseason selections were first-team selections last season.
PIONEER/TORERO FOOTBALL REUNION - SEPT. 20-21: The Pioneer/Torero Football reunion will be held the weekend of September 20-21, 2013 for all who have played or coached at least one year of football at the University of San Diego. On Friday, September 20th, there will be a golf event at Admiral Baker Golf Course beginning at 12 noon, followed by a Happy Hour reception from 5:30-7:30 pm. (location TBD). On Saturday, September 21st, there will be a pre-game brunch/tailgate beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by Alumni heading down to field at 11:30 a.m. to greet the team before the 12 noon contest with Harvard. Following the game there will be a reunion reception and dinner. For further information, contact Brian Fogarty in the USD Athletic Development office at (619) 260-4614.
FOUR RECEIVE 2012 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Four Toreros were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America District 8 Division I football team. The four Toreros included senior OL Matt Peleti (Laguna Niguel, CA; 3.61 GPA, Finance), junior DB Robbie Beathard (San Diego, CA; 3.79 GPA, Accountancy), junior DE Blake Oliaro (Folsom, CA; 3.56 GPA, Mechanical Engineering), and sophomore DB Troy McClelland (San Diego, CA; 3.84 GPA, Accountancy).
TOREROS TEN YEAR RUN: Over the past 10 seasons (2003-2012) the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 81-29 (73.6 winning %)... Last year the Toreros won their final six games to finish 8-3 overall and with a 7-1 Pioneer Football League mark and share of the PFL title for the second straight year... Over the past 10 years the Toreros own an overall PFL record of 51-15 with a share or outright ownership of the league title six times.
Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
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Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.