Oct. 2, 2012
SERIES RECORD: This is the 20th meeting between USD and Drake with the Toreros owning a slight 10-9 advantage... The Toreros won last year's meeting in San Diego by the score of 31-24 that ended a Drake 2-game winning streak in the series... Sam Hoekstra helped seal the win with a brilliant 85-yard punt return in the 4th quarter that gave the Toreros a 31-17 advantage with 7:42 to go... The Bulldogs won the last meeting played in Des Moines back in 2010 by the score of 38-17.
WEBCAST: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 10:20 a.m. (PST).
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego returns to Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium on Saturday, October 13th, for a 2:00 p.m. PFL contest against Campbell University.
PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR OCT. 6TH: Jacksonville (2-0 PFL; 4-1), Drake (2-0; 3-2), Butler (2-0; 3-2), San Diego (1-0; 2-2), Marist (1-1; 2-3), Morehead State (0-1; 1-3), Valparaiso (0-1; 0-4), Davidson (0-1; 0-4), Dayton (0-2; 1-4), Campbell (0-2; 1-4). OTHER PFL GAMES: Dayton at Davidson, Jacksonville at Morehead State, Butler at Valparaiso.
TORERO TIDBITS: USD heads to Drake with a 1-0 PFL record and 2-2 overall mark... Its lone two losses have come to teams currently ranked in The Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll - #20 Cal Poly (4-0 record) and #25 Harvard (3-0 record)... The Toreros rank 13th among all FCS team in passing offense (277.75 yards per game)... Four different Toreros rank in the Top-25 individually - junior wide receiver Sam Hoekstra (#10 in punt returns; 14.60 yards per return), senior safety Drew Harris (t-#19 in interceptions; .50 per contest), sophomore wide receiver Brandon White (#22 in receptions per game, 6.50); and senior kicker Ernie Collins (t-#24 in field goals, 1.25 per contest)... Among PFL teams, San Diego ranks first in field goals (5-5), punting (38.5 net yards per punt), time of possession (33:04), turnover margin (+0.50 per game) and red zone offense (12-for-12)... Toreros leading PFL statistical categories include Ernie Collins (t-1st in scoring, 7.0 points per game; t-1st in field goals made per game, 1.35; t-1st in PAT kicking percentage, 92.9%), Sam Hoekstra in punt returns (14.6), and Drew Harris in interceptions (0.50 per game).
COLLINS RECOGNIZED FOR KICKING AND COMMUNITY SERVICE: Senior kicker Ernie Collins (San Ramon, CA) was recognized by the Fred Mitchell Award for his excellence on the field and in the community during the month of September. During this past month 31 kickers were recognized from among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The 2012 recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the field and in the community. During the month of September Collins led the Toreros with 28 points. He was a perfect 5-for-5 in field goals including a personal-best 51-yarder (ties 2nd longest in Torero history) against Western New Mexico. He also added two 48-yarders and has converted 13-of-14 PAT kicks. He is a volunteer for the Austism Tree Project Foundation; participates in Toreros Linking the Community events, including the Donate-a-Dollar and Toy Drive program which helped support 30 local families by collecting hundreds of unwrapped gifts and more than $2,500.
SCOUTING THE DRAKE BULLDOGS: The Drake Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 PFL start following last Saturday;s 35-7 road win over Campbell... They opened up PFL play two weeks ago with a 28-25 home win over Morehead State... In the win over Campbell, Drake was paced by senior QB Mike Piatkowski who completed 23-of-38 passes for 258 yards and 1 TD... His main target was senior WR Nick Rosa who hauled in 7 receptions for 92 yards and 1TD... Sophomore RB Gary Scott paced the ground game with 77 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries... The Bulldog defense was paced by junior LB Nick Underwood (10 tackles, 2 breakups)... Prior to PFL play the Bulldogs opened up the season with a 28-8 home win over Grand View before dropping back-to-back games to #4 Montana State (34-24) and #22 Indiana State (27-10)... Through 5 games Drake is being paced by Piatkowski (133-216 for 1,437 yards and 8 TDs), Scott (348 yards rushing on 78 attempts with 3 TDs), senior WR Joey Orlando (26 receptions for 276 yards and 1 TD), senior TE Kevin Marshall (25 catches for 210 yards) and senior WR Nick Rosa (20 receptions for 300 yards and 4 TDs)... Defensively the Bulldogs are led by sophomore LB John Hugunin (53 tackles), junior LB Travis Merritt (52 stops) and sophomore DB Bob Quilico (35 tackles)... Head Coach Chris Creighton is in his 5th season at the helm of the Drake program... He owns a record of 32-16... Now in his 16th season overall as a head coach, his career mark is 127-40.
GAME 4 (SEPT. 22ND) - USD EARNS 51-14 WIN OVER VALPO: The USD football team opened up PFL play with a convincing 51-14 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders to extend the Toreros home win streak to nine. The game was never in question as the Toreros opened up the contest by scoring 37 unanswered points. Junior running back Kenn James got to the Toreros offense in a groove early, running for 50 yards on the opening drive, which James ended with an 11-yard TD run. After forcing the Crusaders into a three-and-out, junior QB Mason Mills led the Toreros on a six-play 90-yard drive. Mills was able to scramble into the end zone from five yards out to put the Toreros up 13-0. Mills TD run was set up by a 43 yard reception by junior WR Sam Hoekstra. Freshman RB Darrion Hancock played a huge role on the Toreros next scoring drive, rushing for 35 yards on five carries, which set up a Lawrence Larivee 7-yard TD reception. The Toreros quickly got the ball back after junior DL Weston Yahn forced a fumble that senior LB Zach Dunaj recovered on the Valparaiso 14 yard line. Four plays later Hancock ran it in from 1-yard out to extend the USD lead to 27-0. After another Crusader three and out, the Toreros offense struck quickly on a 4-play, 69- yard drive. This time Mills found sophomore WR Brandon White in the end zone on an 18 yard pass putting the Toreros up 34-0. Ernie Collins connected on a 48 yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving the Toreros a 37-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime. Mills, who only played one series in the 2nd half, finished an effective 17-for-20 for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. His favorite weapon of the day was Hoesktra, who hauled in five catches for 133 yards and a TD. James had his first big game of the 2012 season rushing for 128 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Hancock chipped in with 66 yards on 11 carries. The Toreros outrushed Valparaiso 260-30. Zach Dunaj led the USD defense with six tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Junior defensive end Steve Gargiulo chipped in with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Safety Matt Miller also had an interception.
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.