Toreros gunning for 3rd straight PFL win
Oct. 23, 2012
SERIES RECORD: This is the 20th meeting between USD and Dayton with the Flyers owning a 14-5 advantage... USD snapped a 4-game UD win streak with last year's 31-28 road win in Dayton, Ohio.
WEBCAST/VIDEO: Saturday's contest will be webcast live with Jack Cronin calling the action. His pre-game call begins at 5:50 p.m. (PST).
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego heads to Poughkeepsie, New York next week to play Marist College (2-5; 1-3 PFL) in a 1:00 p.m. (Pacific) contest at Tenney Stadium (5,000 capacity).
PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE FOR OCT. 27TH: Butler (5-0 PFL; 6-2), Drake (5-0; 6-2), Jacksonville (4-1; 6-2), San Diego (3-1; 4-3), Dayton (3-2; 4-4), Marist (1-3; 2-5), Davidson (1-3; 1-6), Morehead State (0-4; 1-6), Campbell (0-4; 1-6), Valparaiso (0-4; 0-7). OTHER PFL GAMES: Butler at Davidson, Campbell at Morehead State, Marist at Valparaiso.
COLLINS NAMED PFL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: USD senior kicker-punter Ernie Collins (San Ramon, CA) was selected the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the team's 24-7 road PFL win over Jacksonville this past Saturday. Collins chipped in with six points, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter field goal that put the Toreros ahead by three scores, along with three PATs. Additionally, he averaged 39.1 yards on seven punts, including three that were downed inside the 20; two that went 50 yards; and two fair catches (all on different punts). He also handled kickoff duties, averaging 64 yards on his four kickoffs. For the season he leads the Toreros in scoring with 47 points. He's converted 9-of-11 field goals, including a personal-best 51 yards (Western New Mexico), and two more from 48 yards (Harvard & Valparaiso). He is tied for 15th among all FCS punters with 1.29 makes per game, and ranks first in the PFL. His 40.5 yards per punt average ranks second in the PFL.
TORERO TIDBITS: USD returns to the friendly confines of Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium where they currently own a 10-game winning streak... The Toreros will also be gunning for their third straight win... This past Saturday the Toreros ended another streak as they stopped Jacksonville's 16-game home win streak with the team's impressive 24-7 win... With his PFL player of the week award, senior Ernie Collins joins teammate Mason Mills (PFL Offensive Player of the Week, Sept. 8th) as the lone Toreros being honored this season... The Toreros continue to rank in the top-25 for all FCS schools in the following team catagories - net punting (#7 at 38.93) and passing offense (#24 at 260.86)... Two Toreros are still in the FCS top-25 for individual statistics - Ernie Collins (tie #15 in field goals, 1.29 made per game) and Sam Hoekstra (#22 in punt returns, 8.92 yards)... Torero leaders through seven games include Kenn James (345 rushing yards; 97 yards per game for all-purpose yardage), Dallas Kessman (5 rushing TDs), Mason Mills (155-233 for 1,687 yards and 12 TDs), WR Brandon White (37 receptions for 420 yards, 4 TDs), Sam Hoekstra (30 receptions for 371 yards, 2 TDs; 8.9 yards per punt return), Ernie Collins (47 points; 9-11 in field goals; 20-21 in PAT kicks; 39.7 yards per punt), LB Zach Dunaj (46 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries), Zach Devaney (41 tackles), Joey York (37 tackles), Ryan Costa (33 tackles) and Robbie Beathard (30 tackles).
SCOUTING THE DAYTON FLYERS: Dayton comes to San Diego riding a 3-game winning streak... After opening PFL play with back-to-back losses to Jacksonville (21-17) and Butler (21-11), the Flyers have reeled off wins against Davidson (38-3), Morehead State (41-27) and Valparaiso (45-0) this past weekend... Over their last three wins the Flyers have averaged 523.6 yards of offense, including 343.7 rushing yards per game... Those averages include a PFL-record 473-yard rushing performance against Valparaiso this past Saturday led by RB Dan Jacob (155 yards and 2 TDs on just 10 carries)... Jacob leads the squad with 477 rushing yards with three others chipping in 280 yards or more... QB Will Bardo has completed 117-232 passes for 1,285 yards and 6 TDs... He's also owns 333 yards of rushing with 3 scores... Kicker Pat Sankovic leads the team with 41 points (6-9 FGs, 23-24 PATs)... The defense is paced by senior LB Colin Monnier (68 tackles; 8.5 tackles for loss) and Flyer Joe Janasek (57 stops)... Head Coach Rick Chamberlin is in his 5th season and owns a record of 38-15... He returns 13 starters (7 offense, 6 defense) from last year's squad that finished 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the PFL.
TOREROS SNAP JAX WIN STREAK: The University of San Diego football team defeated Jacksonville University 24-7 Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-1 in the Pioneer Football League. It was the first road win of the season for the Toreros and snapped Jacksonville's 16 game home winning streak, which was the longest in the FCS. "We're real excited," said head coach Ron Caragher. "The team came in and had a good week of practice. We knew some things were at stake. Jacksonville had a great home win streak here, 16 games. Unfortunately we hadn't won on the road this season and I challenged them. I said if we want to get back in this (PFL) race that we need to come out and play a good game. I'm really proud of these young men in all three phases of the game. Offense played good and moved the ball well. The defense did just a great job in the first half, especially putting pressure on their quarterbacks. And special teams did a good job with coverage against some very dynamic return guys on Jacksonville. And Ernie (Collins) kicked the heck out of the ball all day, and when called upon at the end of the game he drilled a field goal from 43 yards out to put us up three scores and ice the game." Toreros quarterback Mason Mills threw for three touchdowns to help USD open up a 21-0 lead and the defense played strong all game holding the Dolphins to 3-17 on third down conversions. The Dolphins starting quarterback Kade Bell had to leave the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, forcing sophomore Treviu Folston into action. The Torero defense was able to stifle Folston and the Dolphin offense for the entire first half, not allowing them past midfield until the third quarter. The Toreros got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when Mills found senior tight end Kyle Lokanc streaking down the middle of the field for a 39-yard touchdown. It was Lokanc's first touchdown of the season. The Toreros second touchdown was set up by a Folston fumble, which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Una Hamala at the Dolphins 31 yard line. This time Mills found junior Sam Hoekstra for a 26 yard touchdown to put the Toreros up 14-0, which would be the score at halftime. Mills and the Toreros were able to add on to their lead in the third quarter on a seven-play 68 yard drive that ended with a 34 yard swing pass to junior fullback Lawrence Larivee, his second touchdown of the season. The Dolphins answered back with an impressive 93 yard drive, which ended with a 30 yard touchdown pass from Folston to tight end Andrew Robustelli to bring the score to 21-7 Toreros midway through the third quarter. That would be all the scoring the Dolphins could put together as the Toreros defense forced the Dolphins into two three and outs in the second half to preserve the lead. Dallas Kessman helped the Toreros run the clock out late in the fourth quarter and set up an Ernie Collins 43 yard field goal to bring the final score to 24-7. Kessman finished the game with 72 yards on 19 carries to lead the Toreros rushing attack. Freshman Darrion Hancock finished with 42 yards on nine carries. Mills went 15-29 for 217 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Hoekstra lead all Toreros receivers with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Toreros were led by senior Fred Obi's ten tackles. Blake Oliaro had 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.