GAME #11: The USD Toreros (8-2, 7-0 PFL), under the direction of fifth year head coach Dale Lindsey, play their final regular-season home game this Saturday, November 18th, against Marist College (4-5, 3-4 PFL). Game time is 2:00 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium. The game will also be broadcast on The Mighty 1090AM with Jack Cronin providing the play-by-play. The Toreros have already won the PFL title outright and earned the league's AQ for the 2017 NCAA FCS Playoffs. This Saturday the Toreros have their sights set on a win and second straight undefeated PFL record of 8-0.
SENIOR DAY: Seventeen Toreros will be honored in a pre-game tribute as they play their final regular-season home game. This class has won four straight PFL titles and advanced to the FCS Playoffs in three of the four seasons. This class has also won a PFL record 20 consecutive league contests. The class includes Jake Arlotti (OL), Brant Berglund (WR), Ray Clark (SAF), Ross Dwelley (TE), Jack Flatau (P/K), Colton Giorgi (SAF), Zack Holland (TE), Nate Loya (WR), Blake Martin (RB), Miles McArdle (OL), Max Michaels (NB), Patrick Murray (PK), Kishan Patel (CB), Jonathan Petersen (DE), Justin Priest (WR), Trevor Provencio (OL) and Spencer Seeley (OL).
FOOTBALL TICKETS: Single game home 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.
SERIES RECORD: This will be 13th meeting between USD and Marist with the Toreros owning a perfect 12-0 series advantage... USD won last year's meeting at Marist on Oct. 29, by the score of 27-3.
PFL STANDINGS & UPCOMING SCHEDULE: *San Diego (7-0 PFL, 8-2), Drake (5-2, 6-4), Jacksonville (5-2, 7-3), Campbell (5-3, 6-5), Dayton (4-3, 5-5), Valparaiso (4-3, 5-5), Butler (4-4, 6-5), Marist (3-4, 4-6), Morehead State (2-5, 3-7), Stetson (1-7, 2-9), Davidson (0-7, 2-8). NOV. 18TH GAMES: Davidson at Morehead State, Jacksonville at Drake, Dayton at Valparaiso, Marist at San Diego. *PFL Champion.
TOREROS STREAKING: With last Saturday's 63-7 road win over Davidson, the Toreros have now won a PFL record 20 consecutive Pioneer Football League games... That mark ranks second among FCS programs with Jacksonville State owning 31 straight conference victories. San Diego has also clinced its ninth PFL title all-time and have now won four striaght league crowns. All nine titles have come since winning the 2005 championship. San Diego also won the PFL’s automatic qualifying spot in the upcoming NCAA Division I Football Championship. This marks the third time over the past four seasons.
NCAA DIVISION I FCS SELECTION SHOW ON SUNDAY: The 2017 NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Selection Show will be this coming Sunday, November 19th, at 8:00 a.m. (ESPNU). The USD football team will be gathering at the Warren Hospitality Suite in the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a by-invitation-only viewing party. Media interested in attending should contact Ted Gosen by Saturday.
* 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 nine (Dayton leads with 12)... The Toreros have won six of the past seven PFL championships (2017*, 2016, 2015c, 2014, 2012c, 2011c) and nine overall when adding in titles from 2007c, 2006, 2005. Note: *Currently a share of the PFL title.
* Under head coach Dale Lindsey's watch, the Toreros are now 26-2 overall in home games at Torero Stadium, including a perfect 4-0 mark this season. Coach Lindsey has yet to drop a home PFL contest in four-plus seasons (19-0 record) and the Toreros have now won 30 straight league home games and a PFL record 20 consecutive PFL contests. Lindsey, a two-time PFL Coach of the Year and two-time FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year candidate, is 44-12 overall (78.5 winning percentage). With his next win he'll move into the top spot for NCAA Division I football wins at USD (he currently is tied with Ron Caragher). Coach Lindsey has a weekly radio spot every Friday at 8:50 a.m. (Pacific) on the Dan Sileo Show on The Mighty 1090AM.
* 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.
*Anthony Lawrence earned his third PFL Player of the Week honor following the Davidson game. Against the Wildcats he completed 24-28 passes for 403 yards and 3 TDs. Through ten games he has now completed 203-of-295 passes (68.8%) for 2,677 yards and 28 touchdowns with just one interception. In FCS ranks, he is tied for second in passing TDs (28), 3rd in passing efficiency (175.7), and 13th in passing yards (2,677) and passing yards per game (267.7). His three-year totals include 637-of-954 passing (66.7%) for 8,067 yards and 76 touchdowns (3rd all-time at USD).
* Senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen, the program's all-time leader with 38 career sacks, ranks first in the FCS in sacks (12, 1.2), forced fumbles (5, 0.5) and tackles for loss (19, 1.9). A STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List candidate, Petersen needs five more sacks to set a new all-time FCS mark of 43. Petersen entered the 2017 campaign as USD’s all-time leader in forced fumbles with 10. With five more this season, he has extended that total to 15. Among FCS active career leaders, he ranks No. 1 in sacks per game (0.84), career sacks (38) and tackles for loss per game (1.51).
* Freshman running back Emilio Martinez (Salinas, Calif.) has been added to the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Watch List for top freshman of the year... He is first among PFL players in kickoff returns (25.7; #14 FCS) and is second in all-purpose yards per game (140.8; #8 in FCS). He ranks fourth in the PFL in total rushing yards (847 yards; #22 FCS). Junior Joseph Binda Jr. has also turned in some solid runs this season with 312 yards (4.7 ave.) and 6 rushing touchdowns.
* Lawrence has two reliable seniors when looking down field... Justin Priest leads the squad with 60 receptions for 903 yards (15.1 ave.) and 10 touchdowns, and tight end Ross Dwelley has hauled in 38 balls for 529 yards (13.9 ave.) and 8 touchdowns.
* Including Petersen, season defensive leaders include safety Colton Giorgi (56 tackles, 1 fumble recovery), NB Max Michaels (55 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 breakups, 3 quarterback hurries), LB Kim Mahoney (52 tackles, 2 breakups, 7 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries), and safety Ray Clark (48 tackles, 3 tackles for loss). Senior CB Kishan Patel leads the defense with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups.
* The Toreros rank in 13 FCS top-10 areas - #1 tackles for loss allowed (3.10), #1 third down conversion (52.7%), #1 time of possession (34:12), #2 passes had intercepted (2), #3 turnovers lost (7), #3 team passing efficiency (173.24), #3 scoring offense (39.4), #T-3 sacks allowed (0.60), #4 completion percentage (.678), #6 rushing defense (79.4), #7 red zone defense (64.3%), #T-7 fewest penalties per game (4.40), #10 total offense (460.0) and #10 Fewest penalty yards per game (41.2).
* Senior LB Max Michaels (Poway, Calif.) was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, announced by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He was one of 181 semi-finalists for the award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Michaels carries a 3.95 grade-point average in his major of Accountancy.
* "Mr. Torero" - Including his four seasons as a wide receiver for the Toreros from 1979-1983, Mike Rish, Senior Offensive Administrative Assistant, is now in his 39th year with the USD football program. Incredibly, he has missed only one game out of a possible 406 games to date during his run... He missed the team's 31-28 road win at UC Santa Barbara during the 1984 season to attend a family wedding... This Saturday's game vs. Marist will be his 346th consecutive game and 406th overall out of 407. An amazing streak.
* Since the start of the 2005 season the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 108-36 (75.0 winning percentage), and a PFL mark of 73-15 (82.9 winning percentage)… USD’s overall home record on Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium during this run is 66-19 (77.6 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 (Sept. 18) when he returned a 4th quarter punt against the New York Giants for 88 yards and a TD. 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 the Week. On Sunday (Oct. 15) he did it again, this time for 74 yards against the New Orlean Saints, becoming just the 5th Lions player to return two punts for a TD in the same season.
* This week's opponent, the Marist Red Foxes, own an overall record of 4-6 (3-4 PFL)... This past weekend they snapped a 4-game skid with a 38-31 win over Morehead State... Offensive leaders include QB Mike White (2,350 yards/12 TDs), WR Justin Christian (57 for 991 yards, 4 TDs) and RB Marcellus Calhoun (505 yards/7 TDs)... Defense is paced by FS Wesley Beans (67 stops) and LB Willie Barrett (47 tackles, 9.5 for loss)... Head Coach Jim Parady is in his 26th year and owns 133 career victories.
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Football: Week Twelve
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Football: Week Eleven
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Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
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Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
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Football: Week Four
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USD Invite: Take a Lap
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Football: Week One
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2017 Football Season Preview
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