Saturday, November 29, 2014

College Football: Toreros eliminated from FCS Playoffs, Aztecs finish 6-0 at home

Toreros fall to Montana in hostile environment

MISSOULA, MONTANA (11/29/2014) Freshman receiver Justin Priest caught two touchdown passes during the final six minutes of the game. With 6:05 left to play, he caught a 27-yard halfback pass from Dallas Kessman. Following a fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff, he hauled in an 11-yarder from backup quarterback Trey Wheeler with 2:48 remaining.

But by then it was too little too late. The Montana Grizzlies (9-4) had already put up 52 points and it proved to be more than enough. The 52-14 victory advances the Grizzlies to the second round of the FCS Playoffs, where they'll meet Eastern Washington. For the University of San Diego Toreros, it ends their outstanding season with a 9-3 record.

The Toreros were held to 158 yards of offense while giving up 442. Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson threw for 153 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Jordan Canada rushed for 105 yards and put up two scores.

Aztecs await bowl faith after 38-7 win over San Jose State

QUALCOMM STADIUM (11/29/2014) Sophomore running back Donnell Pumphrey rushed for a career-high 267 yards and three scores as the San Diego State Aztecs (7-5, 5-3 MWC) closed out the regular season with a 38-7 triumph over the San Jose State Spartans (3-9, 2-6 MWC).

The Aztecs finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1996.

With 1,761 rushing yards on the season, Pumphrey is only 81 yards away from the program's single-season record held by George Jones, who rushed for 1,842 yards in 1995.

While the Aztecs finish with a first place tie in the West Division, it will be Fresno State playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship. The Bulldogs earned the tiebreaker with a 24-13 win over the Aztecs on October 3rd.

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