Saturday, November 1, 2014

Toreros rally to end Drake's PFL home streak

Junior FB Chris Campano (#23) caught the game-clinching touchdown pass with 1:21 left to play.
DES MOINES, IOWA (11/01/2014) With Jacksonville dropping their first Pioneer Football League game of the season at Marist, the stakes grew a bit higher during an already critical league contest.

The University of San Diego Toreros (7-1, 5-1 PFL) needed 17 unanswered points to come away with a 17-14 win over the Drake Bulldogs (5-4, 4-2 PFL), earning a first place tie with Jacksonville in the PFL standings.

Trailing 14-10 with under two minutes left to play, quarterback Keith Williams' led the USD offense on a 13-play, 87-yard drive that ended with a seven-yard go-ahead touchdown strike to fullback Chris Campano, giving USD it's first and only lead with 1:21 left to play.

The Torero defense, who forced three-and-outs on the previous five Drake possessions, came through with another huge stop. This time it was a turnover on downs that put an end to the Bulldog's streak of 19 straight league wins at home.

After touchdown runs by Andy Rice and Conley Wilkins gave Drake a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, the Toreros answered with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Brandon White, his 27th career touchdown catch putting him fourth all-time in USD history.

Junior kicker David Last nailed a career-long 50-yard field goal that cut Drake's lead to 17-14 in the third quarter.

Next week USD returns to Torero Stadium to host Morehead State (3-6, 2-4 PFL) in the first of three straight home games to close out the regular season.


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