Toreros host Valparaiso this Saturday at 1pm

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Toreros host Valparaiso Saturday at 1pm

Sept. 18, 2012

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GAME #4: The USD Toreros (1-2) will look to get back to their winning ways when they open up Pioneer Football League play this Saturday against Valparaiso University (0-3). Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium (6,000 capacity). Individual tickets are $12 (reserved), $10 (GA adult) and $8 (GA child, ages 4-12).

The Last Meeting
San Diego55
October 8, 2011
Valparaiso, IN
Toreros Trounce Valparaiso, 55-14
Behind a 207 rushing yard, three touchdown performance from Ken James and a four-sack performance from Blake Oliaro, the University of San Diego football team cruised to a 55-14 Pioneer Football League victory over Valparaiso University Saturday afternoon.

SERIES RECORD: This is the 20th meeting between USD and Valparaiso with the Toreros owning a commanding 14-5 lead in the series... The Toreros have won eight straight in the series including last year's 55-14 win in Valparaiso... Running back Kenn James rushed for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 attempts, and defensive end Blake Oliaro collected 4 quarterback sacks, 7 solo tackles and 1 interception.

WEBCAST/VIDEO: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 12:50 pm (PST). A live video feed is also available.

A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego has a bye next week and will return to PFL action on October 6th with a road contest at Drake University (10:30 a.m. PT kickoff).

PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 22ND: Jacksonville (2-1), Butler (1-2), Campbell (1-2), Dayton (1-2), Drake (1-2), Marist (1-2), Morehead State (1-2), San Diego (1-2), Davidson (0-2), Valparaiso (0-3). PFL GAMES THIS WEEK: Davidson at Marist (12 noon), Campbell at Butler (12 pm), Jacksonville at Dayton (1pm), Morehead State at Drake (1pm), Valparaiso at San Diego (1pm).

TOREROS DEALT 28-13 LOSS IN FIRST MEETING WITH HARVARD: The USD football team fell to Harvard 28-13 Saturday in a non-conference matchup. The Toreros couldn't repeat the 4th quarter magic of a week ago as they allowed Harvard to score 21 unanswered points in the final quarter after holding a 13-7 lead. San Diego (1-2) started the game by marching down the field on a methodical 19-play, 81-yard drive. However the Torero offense stalled on the goal line and settled for a 20-yard Ernie Collins field goal. The Crimson (1-0) found their way into the end zone at the beginning of the 2nd quarter when QB Colton Chapple connected with Cameron Brate for a 29 yard TD, putting Harvard up 7-3, which would be the score going into the halftime break. The Toreros were able to score on their opening drive of the 2nd half as Collins booted another long field goal, this one from was 48 yards out which brought the score to 7-6 Harvard. After forcing the Crimson into a three and out, the Toreros put together their most impressive drive of the day. Junior quarterback Mason Mills led the Toreros on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a Logan Smith 25-yard TD reception putting USD up 13-7 with 1:50 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Crimson answered back with a 9-play, 94-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard TD from Chapple to Kyle Juszczyk putting the Crimson back on top 14-13. The Toreros had chances to stop the Crimson but committed three turnovers on what would end up being the game winning drive. The Toreros had multiple chances in the fourth quarter but couldn't find a rhythm on offense and went three and out on three consecutive possessions. The Crimson were able to close the game out with an 8-play, 82- yard drive that resulted in a Treavor Scales one yard TD run. Scales finished the Toreros off with another touchdown, this one from 66 yards out with just over a minute to go to ice the game away. "Hats off to Harvard for playing a good game when it mattered most. Second and fourth quarters they played very solid football, while for us we played our best ball in the 1st and 3rd quarters," said head coach Ron Caragher. "That being said, they were able to finish strong. We came out in both halves fast, but just didn't have enough to get the job done."Harvard, led by Scales 177 rushing yards, outrushed the Toreros 215-58. Mills had a busy day, setting USD records for completions (38) and pass attempts (63) while throwing for 354 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Chapple paced the Crimson offense going 16-29 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Whitehad a career day hauling in 12 passes for 135 yards. His 12 receptions are the second most in a game by a USD player. Mills connected with three other receivers for 5 catches each - Joe Ferguson (43 yards), Colin King (43 yards) and Kenn James (13 yards). Defensively, the Toreros were led by Zach Devaney, Zach Dunaj, and Blake Oliaro who each had seven tackles. Senior safety Joey York had the Toreros lone interception.

TORERO TIDBITS: USD will be looking to extend their home field winning streak to nine games this Saturday when they take on Valparaiso... USD's last loss on Walter J. Zable Field came on October 9, 2010 to Dayton by the score of 21-20... In Saturday's loss at Harvard, junior QB Mason Mills set two new Torero single game marks with 63 pass attempts and 38 completions... The previous USD marks were 57 attempts (Todd Mortensen, 2004 vs. Penn) and 37 completions (Todd Mortensen, 2004 vs. Dayton)... Mills totaled 354 yards passing, reaching 300+ yards for this sixth time in his career... Sophomore WR Brandon White hauled in 12 balls for 135 yards against the Crimson... the 12 catches is the second most by a Torero with the USD record 14 by John Matthews (2008 vs. Butler)... Senior punter Ernie Collins, who is a perfect 4-4 in field goals this season, has already matched the 2nd and 4th longest field goals in Torero history with his 51-yarder (WNMU; ties 2nd all-time) and 48-yarder (Harvard; ties 4th all-time)... The 48-yarder The school mark is 53 (Dave Bergmann, vs. Whittier, 1991)... Torero leaders thru 3 games include Mills (80-127 for 795 yards, 5 TDs), White (24 catches for 278 yards, 2 TDs), RB Joe Ferguson (102 yards rushing), kicker/punter Ernie Collins (4-4 in field goals with long of 51; 7-7 in PAT kicks, 19 points, 38.8 yards per punt average), Kenn James (20.0 yards per kickoff return on 9 attempts), LB Zach Dunaj (26 tackles), safety Joey York (24 tackles), and LB Zach Devaney (24 tackles).

SCOUTING VALPARAISO: The Valparaiso Crusaders are off to an 0-3 start... Following a tough season opening 36-34 loss to Saint Joseph's, they played very strong FCS programs in #6 Youngstown State (59-0) and Duquesne (45-17)... Head Coach Dale Carlson returns 12 starters (6 offense, 6 defense) from last year's 1-10 club that closed out the year with a 34-31 PFL win over Campbell... Campbell was the lone PFL team to knock off the Toreros a year ago by the score of 48-24... In their most recent outing against Duquesne, the Crusaders jumped out to a 17-7 lead before surrendering the final 38 points of the game to the Dukes... QB Eric Hoffman completed 22-of-38 passes for 224 yards and 1 score... Redshirt freshman Jake Hutson led the ground attack with 52 yards on 11 carries (4.7 ave.)... Fifth-year senior LB Cody Gokan turned in Valpo's top single-game tackles performance of the year with 13 tackles... Through three games the Crusaders are being paced by redshirt sophomore QB Eric Hoffman (73-119 for 584 yards and 1 TD), senior TE Mike Gerton (12 catches for 95 yards, 1 TD), redshirt sophomore WR Fred Gladney (11 for 68 yards), sophomore RB Gabe Ali-El (145 yards, 2 TDs), senior punter Greg Wood (39.7 average), sophomore return specialist/WR Andrew Cassara (23.8 yards per kickoff return), junior DB Alex Grask (28 tackles), and LB Cody Gokan (20 tackles)... Valpo media relations contact is Aaron Leavitt (; 219.464.6953).

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.