Sept. 8, 2008
(San Diego, CA) - Senior captain John Matthews (Littleton, CO) was named this week's Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week after he helped lead the Toreros to their nation-best 26th straight home win with Saturday's 38-10 victory over Azusa Pacific. Matthews caught 10 balls for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 231 receiving yards are the best single-game performance in Division I FCS this season, and the total was just 4 yards shy of a new Torero single-game record. Additionally, his 10 receptions was one catch shy of his own Torero mark he shares with two other receivers, and his 3 touchdown receptions gives him 34 for his career.
Through two games among all Division I FCS players, Matthews' ranks 1st in total receiving yards (294), 4th in receiving yards per game (147.0), t-6th in scoring (15.0 points per game) and t-21st in receptions per game (7.0). His career totals now stand at 107 receptions for 2,431 yards and 34 touchdowns. In the Torero record books he now ranks 6th in receptions, 3rd in receiving yards and 2nd in career touchdown receptions. He needs three more TD receptions to pass Adam Hannula (36; 2002-05). John is also the FCS active leader in yards per reception at 22.7 yards per reception.
USD has a bye this week and returns to action next week when they open up PFL play at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) on Saturday, September 20th.