|Brian Fogarty PFL Classic|
|Saturday||San Diego vs. Butler||2 p.m.||Tickets||Live Video||Mighty 1090||Live Stats|
|Plan Ahead For Your Trip to Torero Stadium|
|Noon||» Torero Football Club Pregame Tailgate (Vista Parking Lot)|
|12:30 p.m.||» Gates / Tickets / Concessions Open|
|» USD Faculty and Staff Pregame Tailgate (Torero Stadium, East End Zone)|
|» Torero Program Board Pregame Concert (featuring Seeb)|
|» Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Tour (Eagan Plaza)|
|» In-Stadium DJ Begins Pregame Set (DJ Swish)|
|1 p.m.||» Mighty 1090 Pregame Show Begins|
|1:57 p.m.||» Coin Toss with Brian Fogarty|
|1:58 p.m.||» National Anthem (by USD graduate student, Hillary Erbland)|
|2 p.m.||» Kickoff|
GAME #4: The USD Toreros (1-2), under the direction of fifth year head coach Dale Lindsey, return to Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium on Saturday, September 23rd, to open up Pioneer Football League play against the Butler Bulldogs (2-1). Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. and airs on The Mighty 1090AM with Jack Cronin calling the action. There will be a one hour pregame show on The Mighty 1090 leading up to kickoff.
BRIAN FOGARTY PFL CLASSIC: Saturday's game is being billed as the Brian Fogarty PFL Classic, to honor USD's former head football coach who recently retired from USD after 34+ years of service. Beginning with this season's PFL home opener against Butler University on September 23rd, every PFL home opener at Torero Stadium in subsequent years will be billed the Brian Fogarty PFL Classic. Brian Fogarty became USD's ninth head coach for Torero football in 1983 and he would stay on in that role for thirteen seasons. Following the 1995 season he would step away as the program's all-time winningest coach with 71 career victories before moving into athletics development. He strung together eight straight winning seasons between 1986 and 1994, and during a four-year run beginning in 1989 compiled a 28-9 record. In 1993 he guided the Toreros into the Pioneer Football League and the current 2017 season marks the 25th year for the PFL -- the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. Over this 25-year span USD has won eight PFL titles and enter this season having won three straight championships. Along with his 21+ years of service in athletics development, Brian has served the university and athletic department with amazing distinction. He has made a positive impact on thousands of USD student-athletes, staff members, alumni and friends.
FOOTBALL TICKETS: USD offers some outstanding packages for its Torero fans for the five regular season games. All season tickets are located on the south side of the stadium- sections 112-123. An individual season ticket costs $60.00. A USD Faculty/Staff season ticket costs $40.00. USD is excited to offer a new promotion for its recent Torero Graduates (within last 5 years), a season ticket for $40.00. A Family Four Pack (includes two adult and two children season tickets) can be purchased for $180.00. Season tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in-person. USD Faculty/Staff, Recent Graduate and Family Four Pack may only be purchased through the box office, either by phone 619-260-7550 or in-person. Single game ticket prices for football include the following: reserved seating ($15), general admission ($10 adult, $5 high school student or under). USD faculty and staff receive up to four free general admission tickets (available upon request). The Toreros provide an excellent Family Four Pack for $48; this comes with four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one popcorn. Group tickets for general admission only seats are $7 (10 to 19 people), and $5 for groups of 20 or more. Additionally, all military personnel (with proper ID) can receive a complimentary ticket for all Torero home football games.
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San Diego continues to put in work and is pursuing its 28th consecutive PFL victory at Torero Stadium.
SERIES RECORD: This will be the 23rd meeting between USD and Butler with the Toreros owning a 17-5 series lead. The Toreros have won five straight including last season's 44-10 road win on October 1st. For the game Anthony Lawrence would finish 23-33 for 326 yards and one score. Senior RB Jonah Hodges, on the strength of his 69-yard TD run, would finish with 128 yards on 16 carries to go with two scores. Defensively the Toreros were paced by linebacker Alec Moreno (8 stops) and safety Colton Giorgi (6 stops).
A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros close out the month with a road contest at the University of Dayton on Saturday, September 30th. Kickoff is slated for 9:00 a.m. (Pacific).
* USD Football is in its 55th season of play, and 25th season as a member of the Pioneer Football League... San Diego is second for most PFL titles with eight (Dayton leads with 12)... The Toreros have won five of the past six PFL championships (2016, 2015c, 2014, 2012c, 2011c) and eight overall when adding in titles from 2007c, 2006, 2005.
* Under head coach Dale Lindsey's watch, the Toreros are now 23-2 overall in home games at Torero Stadium, including a perfect 5-0 mark this past season. Coach Lindsey has yet to drop a home PFL contest in four seasons (16-0 record). Lindsey, a two-time PFL Coach of the Year and two-time FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year candidate, is 37-12 overall (75.5 winning percentage). Beginning this Friday, September 22nd, Coach Lindsey will have a weekly radio spot every Friday at 8:50 a.m. (Pacific) on the Dan Sileo Show on The Mighty 1090AM.
* The Toreros enter Saturday's game riding a 27-game PFL home winning streak... USD's last league loss at Torero Stadium came on October 9, 2010 to the Dayton Flyers by the score of 21-20.
* USD Football will host tailgates prior to each home game this season... With all home games kicking off at 2:00 p.m., the tailgates will begin at 12 noon up at the Vista Parking lot.
* PFL Standings: Marist (1-0 PFL, 2-1), Butler (2-1), Davidson (2-1), Jacksonville (1-1), Campbell (1-2), Dayton (1-2), Drake (1-2), Morehead State (1-2), San Diego (1-2), Valparaiso (1-2), Stetson (0-1 PFL, 0-3). Schedule for Sept. 23rd: Dayton at Morehead State, Valparaiso at Drake, Butler at San Diego, Campbell at Stetson, Jacksonville at Marist.
* This past Saturday the Toreros dropped a hard-fought 27-17 decision at Princeton... Two early USD turnovers helped the Tigers jump out to a 14-0 lead early in the second period... USD would close to within 14-10 at the break and 20-17 in the fourth period... Princeton iced the game with a 12-play, 66-yard drive in the closing minutes culminated by a 3-yard touchdown pass... Torero leaders included QB Anthony Lawrence (27-42, 293 yards, 1 TD), WR Justin Priest (11 receptions for 142 yards, 1 TD) and LB Kim Mahoney (10 tackles)... The 11 catches by Priest were a personal-best and tied for 2nd most all-time in a game for Torero history.
* Torero players have selected senior right tackle Miles McArdle (Napa, Calif.) and senior defensive end Jonathan Peterson (Poway, Calif.) as its 2017 team captains.
* USD had a league-high seven players named to the preseason All-PFL team. Senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) and senior offensive tackle Miles McArdle (Napa, Calif.) were selected for the second consecutive year. Joining them on this year's preseason team are redshirt junior QB Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, California), senior TE Ross Dwelley (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), senior offensive center Joe Hurney (Charlotte, North Carolina), redshirt junior offensive tackle Daniel Cooney (Western Springs, Illinois) and senior safety Ray Clark (Brentwood, California).
* For the seventh straight year the Toreros were picked to finish first in the PFL Preseason Coaches Poll. The Toreros, who finished with a final national ranking of 19th in 2016, received nine first-place votes and a lone second-place vote to finish with 99 of the maximum 100 points possible. Dayton earned two first-place votes and eight second-place votes, finishing with 92 points. A group of four teams - separated by just seven points - were closely bunched behind the leading duo. Marist was picked to finish third with 69 points, followed by Drake in fourth place with 67 points. Campbell and Jacksonville were picked to finished tied for fifth with 62 points each. Behind the top six were Butler (49), Morehead State (42), Stetson (29), Valparaiso (24) and Davidson (10).
* Three Toreros have received prestigious preseason recognition... Junior QB Anthony Lawrence is on the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List that is given to the top FCS player at the end of the year... Junior left tackle Daniel Cooney was named to the STATS FCS All-America Second Team and senior DE Jonathan Petersen was named to the STATS FCS All-America Third Team.
* Senior DE Jonathan Petersen is closing in on the Torero career record for quarterback sacks... With 3.5 sacks this season (1.17 per game, 2nd in PFL), he now owns 29 career sacks and needs 6.5 more to surpass Torero record holder Eric Bakhtiari (35, 2004-2007). Petersen ranks third among PFL players in tackles for loss at 2.17 per contest.
* Freshman running back Emilio Martinez (Salinas, Calif.) ranks first among PFL players in kickoff returns (27.0 yards per return) and fourth in rushing (68.0 yards per game).
* Over the past 12 seasons (2005-2016) the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 101-34 (74.8 winning percentage), and a PFL mark of 67-15 (81.7 winning percentage)... USD's overall home record on Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium since the start of the 2005 campaign is 62-10 (86.1 winning percentage)... Including the last five home wins of the 2004 campaign, the Toreros strung together a school record 28 straight home victories (2004-2008).
* Former Torero Jamal Agnew (San Diego, Calif.), now on the active roster for the Detroit Lions, electrified an ESPN national audience on Monday Night Football (September 18th) when he returned a fourth quarter punt against the New York Giants for 88 yards and a touchdown. The return came at a crucial moment for the Lions, which were leading 17-10 at the time, extending their lead to two touchdowns, 24-10, and the game's final score. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of teh Week. Detroit is off to a 2-0 start.
* This week's opponent, Butler University (2-1), comes to town riding a 2-game winning streak... After opening the year with a 45-0 road loss at Illinois State, Butler won at Franklin (43-24), and also its home opener this past Saturday over Taylor, 27-21... Quarterback Will Marty's 1-yard dive with seven seconds to go gave the Bulldogs the victory... For the game Marty completed 32-of-48 passes for 239 yards and one score... Receiver Nick Weaver pulled down 8 balls for 64 yards... Defensively, senior LB Ethan Brunhofer tallied 8 stops... Three-game stat leaders include Marty (61-for-101, 593 yards, 1 TD), WR Pace Temple (14 catches for 214 yards, 1 TD) and DB Isaak Newhouse (28 tackles, 20 solo)... Head Coach Jeff Voris is in his 12th season and owns an overall mark of 66-61.
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