Redshirt Senior CB Yogi Hale (#4) helped the Toreros' defense pitch its first shutout since 2013.
TORERO STADIUM (10/17/2015) Anthony Lawrence threw for a career-high 326 yards and two touchdown passes as the University of San Diego Toreros (4-2, 3-1 PFL) celebrated its homecoming week with a 27-0 victory over the Drake Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2 PFL) Saturday afternoon, extending its PFL home winning streak to 21.
Both Lawrence touchdowns went to running back Jereke Armstrong, who also scored on a 24-yard run late in the fourth quarter that put the game away for good. The San Pasqual High product racked up a total of 112 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 78 receiving.
Both teams were held scoreless until Lawrence connected with Armstrong for a 16-yard touchdown as the first quarter clock expired.
With just 52 seconds left in the first half, running back Blake Martin ran for a 21-yard score to put the Toreros up 14-0 at halftime. Martin led all rushers with 63 yards on 13 carries.
Late in the third quarter, Lawrence found Armstrong again for a 62-yard strike. The missed extra point made it 20-0 Toreros with 4:00 left to play in the third.
The Toreros spent the majority of the fourth quarter running out the clock and trying to keep Drake scoreless.
During the final seconds of the game, the Bulldogs were threatening to get on the board after driving to USD's 27, but Andy Rice's pass was intercepted by Devyn Bryant, who notch his team-leading fifth pick of the season.
The Toreros' defense got to the quarterback six times, with two of those sacks coming from senior defensive end Joe Nomellini, who also put up five tackles (two for losses).
Next week the Toreros return home to host the Warner University Royals in a non-league contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT.
San Diego Football Saturday 10/17
SAN DIEGO (4-2) 27, Drake (3-4) 0.
SAN DIEGO STATE (4-3) 30, San Jose State (3-4) 7.
Mt. San Jacinto (3-3) 42, SAN DIEGO MESA (2-4) 13.
Orange Coast (4-2) 34, PALOMAR (3-4) 24.
SOUTHWESTERN (3-3) 35, East Los Angeles (2-4) 21.
Saddleback (5-2) 32, GROSSMONT (2-5) 12.
MARANATHA CHRISTIAN (6-1) 13, ESCONDIDO CHARTER (2-5) 7.
CALVARY CHRISTIAN (6-1) 52, SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY (1-3) 21.