Toreros host Western New Mexico Saturday at 6:00 pm

Toreros home opener Saturday at 6pm

Toreros home opener Saturday at 6pm

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GAME #2: The USD Toreros (0-1) play host to the Western New Mexico Mustangs (1-0) this coming Saturday, September 8th. Kickoff from Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium is slated for 6:05 pm. Individual tickets are $12 (reserved), $10 (GA adult) and $8 (GA child, ages 4-12).

The Last Meeting
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September 10, 2011
San Diego, CA
Toreros down Western New Mexico 30-10
(San Diego, CA) - The USD Toreros improved to 2-0 on the season with tonight's hard fought 30-10 victory over the visiting Western New Mexico Mustangs (1-1) before 3,198 fans at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium. Quarterback Mason Mills connected with freshman receiver Brandon White for two scores and junior CB Ryan Costa paced the defense with an 88-yard interception return for a score in the first period. The Toreros look to continue their winning ways next Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. contest at UC Davis.

SERIES RECORD: This is just the second meeting between USD and WNMU with the Toreros owning a 1-0 series lead. These two programs met for the first time last year 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. Mills finished 18-for-28 for 221 yards and 2 scores, and White hauled in 7 balls for 119 yards and 2 scores (24 & 42 yards).

WEBCAST/VIDEO STREAM: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 5:50 pm (PST). The free audio-video feed will be streamed at

A LOOK AHEAD: Next week the Toreros travel to the east coast to face Harvard University for the first time ever on September 15th. Game time is slated for 9:30 a.m. (PT) at Harvard Stadium (30,323 capacity). The game will be Harvard's season opener.

PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 8TH: Drake (1-0), Marist (1-0), Morehead State (1-0), San Diego (0-1), Butler (0-1), Campbell (0-1), Davidson (0-1), Dayton (0-1), Jacksonville (0-1), Valparaiso (0-1). PFL GAMES THIS WEEK: Dayton at Duquesne, Jacksonville at Charleston Southern, Valparaiso at Youngstown State, Franklin at Butler, Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky, Virginia-Wise at Campbell, Bucknell at Marist, Davidson at Lenoir-Rhyne, Montana State at Drake, Western New Mexico at San Diego.

TOREROS DROP OPENER TO CAL POLY: In their season opener against the Cal Poly Mustangs this past Saturday, the game was closer than the final 41-14 score would indicate... Heading into the 4th quarter USD found itself down just 20-14, but the Mustangs were able to find the endzone on their first drive of the final quarter when QB Andre Broadous connected with Akaninyene Umoh for 7 yards that culminated a 12-play, 74 yard drive... CP's final two scores came after interception tosses by Torero QB Mason Mills... Down 10-0 to start the game, USD pulled to within 3 points on Darrion Hancock's first collegiate touchdown when he found the endzone from 1-yard out with 9:51 left in the second quarter... USD's first score capped off an impressive 11-play, 75 yard drive... Hancock played a key role during the drive with 4 rushes for 21 yards, and caught one screen pass for 11 yards... USD's second score was set-up by defensive end Weston Yahn recovering a CP fumble on the Mustang 38 yard line... Twelve plays later the Toreros found the end zone again, this time having the good fortune of freshman OL Tobin Gramyk falling on the ball in the end zone after junior RB Joe Ferguson fumbled trying to bull his way in from the 1-yard line... All-in-all, there were a lot of positives the Toreros will take from this game as they move forward... Defensively the Toreros had three players tally double-digit tackles - senior SS Joey York (14), senior LB Zach Dunaj (13) and junior LB Zach Devaney (11)... USD showed it will have depth at the running back position with Joe Ferguson (13 carries for 43 yards), Darrion Hancock (9 carries for 29 yards, 1 TD) and Kenn James (6 carries for 18 yards)... The receiving corp was paced by Sam Hoekstra (5 catches for 40 yards), Brandon White (4-47) and Reggie Bell (3-32)... Mills finished the day 15-for-27 for 138 yards and 3 picks... Senior punter Ernie Collins averaged 36.4 yards on 5 punts. These two teams are scheduled to play again in SLO next year.

SCOUTING WNMU: The Western New Mexico University Mustangs opened up their 2012 campaign with a 54-44 win at Sul Ross State this past Saturday... Freshman QB Mitch Glassman (Temecula, CA) tossed 4 touchdowns in his collegiate debut as he completed 18-of-34 passes for 264 yards... His two favorite targets on the day were sophomore WR Donald Byrd (5 for 61 yards) and senior WR Marcus Sumpter (Oceanside, CA; Fallbrook Union HS) who hauled in 4 balls for 88 yards and two scores (61 & 1 yard TDs)... The running game was paced by sophomore RB John De La Rosa (9 carries for 102 yards and 1TD)... Seven different players scored the team's 8 touchdowns on the day... Defensively the Mustangs were paced by three players with double-digit tackle totals - junior OLB Oscar Ceniceros (16 tackles), sophomore DE Zachary Dembrowski (11 tackles) and junior DE Jarret Yargus (11 tackles)... Head Coach Adam Clark enters his 3rd year at the helm... Last year he guided the Mustangs to a 5-6 mark, and he enters Saturday's game with a 10-13 career record at WNMU... He played locally at Grossmont JC and has 17 players from San Diego County on his roster... WNMU is an NCAA Division II scholarship program and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).

TOREROS PFL FAVORITE IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL: USD and Drake University, the defending PFL co-champions, were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the league's preseason coaches' poll. The upcoming 2012 season marks the 20th year for the Pioneer Football League - the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. USD received eight of a possible nine first place votes and 79 of 81 possible points as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Drake received one first place vote and 71 possible points. Both the Toreros and Bulldogs finished the 2011 campaign with identical 7-1 records, San Diego winning the regular-season meeting between the two teams. The two teams will meet again in 2012 with Drake hosting San Diego in an Oct. 6 contest. Jacksonville was picked to finish third with 65 points. Dayton picked up the remaining first-place vote and 56 total points to finish fourth in the preseason poll. Campbell rounded out the poll's top half with 45 points for fifth place. Marist (6th, 42 points), Butler (7th, 34), Morehead State (8th, 27), Davidson (9th, 20) and Valparaiso (10th, 11) rounded out the PFL Preseason Poll.

OLIARO CONTINUES TO RACK UP PRESEASON HONORS: Junior DE Blake Oliaro (Folsom, CA) continues to rack up preseason recognition with the College Sports Journal naming him to their preseason FCS All-America team. Oliaro has already been named to the Preseason All-America teams selected by Phil Steele's Magazine, College Sporting News and The Sports Network. He is also on The College Sports Network's Buck Buchanan Preseason Watch List. A preseason All-PFL pick by the league's coaches after earning Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-PFL honors last season, he finished the season ranked fourth among FCS athletes with 1.36 sacks per game (15 sacks in 11 games) and was ranked 10th nationally with 1.77 tackles for loss per game (19.5 total).

FIVE TOREROS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PFL SQUAD: Joining Blake Oliaro on the 2012 Preseason All-PFL squad is senior LB Zach Dunaj (Thousand Oaks, CA), senior OL Matt Peleti (Laguna Nigel, CA), junior WR Sam Hoekstra (Carlsbad, CA) and junior RB & return specialist Kenn James (San Diego, CA).

QUARTET RECEIVE 2011 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Four Toreros were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America District 8 Division I football team. The four Toreros included junior FB Nick Scudellari (Saratoga, CA; 3.66 GPA, Accountancy), junior OL Matt Peleti (Laguna Niguel, CA; 3.59 GPA, Finance), sophomore DB Robbie Beathard (San Diego, CA; 3.76 GPA, Accountancy), and sophomore DE Blake Oliaro (Folsom, CA; 3.62 GPA, Mechanical Engineering).

PFL GAINS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER: Beginning in 2013, the Pioneer Football League will gain access to the Division I Football Championship through an automatic bid as a result of the NCAA Board of Directors approving a budget that will allow expansion of the tournament to 24 teams that season. The championship's 2013 expansion will be the second this decade. The bracket grew from 16 to 20 teams in 2010, its first expansion since 1978. The PFL will join 10 conferences currently awarded an automatic bid. They will be placed into the 24-team bracket by the NCAA Football Championship selection committee along with 13 at-large qualifiers. The committee will select its eight national seeds which will receive first-round byes. The remaining 16 teams will then be placed in the bracket with an emphasis on geographical proximity. "Having the Pioneer Football League champion automatically qualify for the FCS Playoffs is hugely important to our teams," said PFL commissioner Patty Viverito. "This opportunity seemed a distant hope just one year ago, but will become a reality when the FCS bracket expands to 24 teams in 2013."The Pioneer Football League, which began with four members upon its inception in 1991, will expand to 12 members in 2013. The PFL is the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The PFL is a truly national conference with members on each coast and throughout the nation's heartland. The league still retains four of its charter members - Butler, Dayton, Drake and Valparaiso, plus USD (joining in 1992) - which were joined in 2001 by Davidson College, Jacksonville and Morehead State. Campbell joined the PFL in 2008, its first season of intercollegiate football. Marist College, which joined prior to the 2009 season, further extended the league's footprint into the northeast. The league will add Mercer and Stetson in 2013, improving the league's representation in the southeast.