Sunday, November 22, 2015

Toreros hold on to clinch share of PFL title

Photo Courtesy of @USDFootball

TORERO STADIUM (11/21/2015) Brain Riley caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help the University of San Diego Toreros (9-2, 7-1 PFL) end the 2015 season with a thrilling 28-27 victory over the Butler Bulldogs (6-5, 4-4 PFL) Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros earned a share of its 7th Pioneer Football League championship.

With USD leading 28-21 with 16 seconds left, Bulldogs' lineman David Tawari recovered quarterback Matt Sjiltz's fumble in the end zone.

Butler decided to go for the lead with a two-point conversion, but Shiltz's pass was intercepted by Yogi Hale who nearly returned it the other way.

Justin Priest recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win and USD's fourth PFL title in the last five years.

USD's opportunity to share the title came when Dayton suffered its first loss of the season with a 27-17 defeat at Drake. Due to having the tie-breaker advantage, the Flyers will represent the PFL in the FCS Playoffs, where they're scheduled to host Western Illinois next week.

Aztecs to face Air Force in Mountain West Championship

LAS VEGAS, NV (11/21/2015) Before taking the field against UNLV, the San Diego State Aztecs (8-3, 7-0 MWC) clinched the West Division title and a trip to its first Mountain West Championship game in program history.

The Aztecs will take on Air Force at either Qualcomm Stadium or Falcons Stadium in Colorado Springs, depending on which team is the highest-ranked divisional champion.

The good news didn't serve as a distraction for SDSU as they went on to cruise pass the Rebels (3-8, 2-5 MWC) 52-14 at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday night.

Donnel Pumphrey carried the ball 14 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help the Aztecs explode to a 31-0 lead at the half.

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