Saturday, October 18, 2014

Toreros avoid second half rally to top Butler

Sophomore CB Jamal Agnew (#26) picked off two passes against Butler, he has four on the season.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (10/18/2014) The University of San Diego Toreros (5-1, 3-1 PFL) led 21-0 going into halftime, but the Butler Bulldogs (3-4, 1-3 PFL) rallied back in the second half outscoring the Toreros 21-6. Thanks to a pair of field goals by David Last and a defensive stand during the closing seconds, the Toreros managed to escape with their fourth straight win.

Quarterback Keith Williams, who sat out last week's contest with a hand injury, completed 20 of 28 passes for 251 yards and a four-yard touchdown to freshman tight end Ross Dwelley that gave the Toreros a 7-0 lead with 6:44 left in the half.

The Toreros piled on by scoring on their next two second quarter drives. Two consecutive three-and-outs led to a two-yard run by fullback Chris Campano, and a 21-yard reverse sweep by receiver Parker Mays, giving the Toreros a 21-0 lead at the half.

A string of second half miscues began when Williams threw a wild pass that was intercepted by Ethan Brunhofer and returned to USD's 17-yard line. The Bulldogs capitalized immediately with a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Malcom Weaver to Guy DiBalsamo on the first play from scrimmage, cutting the Torero lead to 21-7 early in the third quarter. Williams was picked off again on the following drive, but a three-and-out prevented further damage.

After a 34-yard field goal by Last extended USD's lead to 24-7, the Bulldogs cut it to 24-14 with a 57-yard touchdown run by DiBalsamo. Another Last field goal, this time a 24-yarder, was answered by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Weaver to Derek O'Connor to make it 27-21 with 2:07 left to play. A USD punt gave the Bulldogs another opportunity complete their comeback bid, but the Torero defense made a much needed stop during the closing seconds to seal the win.

San Diego Football Scores 10/18

Santa Fe Christian 51, Horizon 33
Francis Parker 45, La Jolla Country Day 16

San Diego 27, Butler 21
San Diego State 20, Hawaii 10

Community College
San Diego Mesa 18, Mt. San Jacinto 15
Grossmont 41, Saddleback 27
Palomar 20, Orange Coast 10
Southwestern 37, East Los Angeles 13

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