USD Football 1991
TOREROS WIN 38-37 THRI LLER OVER LA VERNE ... HOST POMONA- PITZER FOR HOMECOMI NG GAME EIGHT: San Diego, 5-2 on the season after Saturday's 38-37 win over La Verne, h ost Pomona-Pitzer (2 - 5} today. This is USD's Homecoming Game. TOREROS RANKED 6TH: In games played through Oct. 27th, USO is cur rently ranked 6th in the NCAA Div. II I western region polls. The top four teams at the end of the season get bids to t he NCAA Div. III playoffs. Current stand igs include: 1- St. John's (MN) 8- 0; 2- Wi sconsin La Crosse 8-0; 3- Simpson (IA) 8-0; 4- Beloit (WI) 8-0; Central (IA) 6-1; 6- USD 5-2. THE COACHES: USO' s Brian Fogarty is in hi s 9 th season at USD and enters today ' s game with a career marrk of 45 -37 - 2 . Since the start of the 1987 season, coach Fogarty has accumulated a record of 30- 13- 1, including back-to- back 7-2 fini s hes the past two campaig11s. Pomona- Pitzer ' s Clarence Thomas is in his 10th season and has a career ma rk of 17- 66 - 1. THE SERIES: The Toreros dominate the 20- game se1ies with a record of 18- 1- 1 . . . since his arrival in 1983 , coach Fogarty is 7-0- 1 against Pomona - Pitzer, including last year' s 21 -17 victory in Claremont, California. TOREROS LAST WEEK: USO kept al ive a possible post - season playoff bid with an e xciting 38- 37 victory over La Verne, a team that came in with a 5-game winning streak and 5-1 record ... USO fr. RB Willie Branch carried the ball just 9 times in the game, but he had touchdown runs of 3 yards, 73 yards and 58 yards to lead the Torero attack ... he finished with a season best 209 yards rushing ... his last two scor ing s prints came in the 3rd quart er with his 58-yarder knotting the score at 37-37 . . . senior PK Dave Bergmann ' s fourth PAT kick of the game gave USD its 38th point and one point margin of victory ... USO's other two TD' s came on the ground as wel l with junior Scott Sparrer (81 yards rushing) and fr. Mi c hael Henry (59 yards rushing) each getting a score ... La Verne, behind the passing of jr. QB Willie Reyna, completed 29 of 41 passes for 454 yards and 3 TD ' s ... the 29 completions, 4 54 yards of passing and 556 yards of total offense are al l new records against the Toreros ... the t wo cl ubs combined for 991 yards and 75 points ... in a game of big plays, the two biggest plays might have been by USO defensive players . . . with 5:1 4 lo go and La Verne facing a 4th a11d five from the USO 18-yard line , USO senior 01,B Paul Sellers sacked QB Wi l lie Reyna for a 21-yard loss; t h en with 1 :46 to go, junior DB Stephen Crandall iced the game with an interception at the La Verne 34 ... sophomore DB Hatt Horeczko paced the defense with 12 tackl es, 1 interception and 2 tipped passes ... j unior DB Jeff Blazevich had hi s best outing of the season finishing with 10 tackles and a QB sack ... Selleru finished with 7 tackles and 2 QB sacks. TORERO HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTES: Willie Branch is putting up some pretty impressive numbers in his ft. year with the Tor eros ... thus far Willie has a c cumulated 660 yards of rushing on just 58 carries (11.4 yards a carry) - good for 8 rushing TD' s and a 94. 3 yards a game average ... he is also averaging 25.0 yards on 6 kic koff returns and is second on the team with 6 receptions (15.5 yards average a reception and 1 TD) ... jr. FB Scott Sparrer continues to be the workhorse with 126 ca rries for 664 yards and 2 TD ' s ... sr. TE Brad Leonard leads the tea111 with 9 c atches for 1 41 yards and 3 TD ' s jr. QB Michael Bennett is 32- for - 61 for 472 yards , 5 TD's and 7 interceptions ... sr. kicker Dave Bergmann is 2nd to Branch's 54 points wi th 37 (7-13 FG's, 16- 18 PAT kicks) ... defensivel y sr . Dave Paladino l eads with 82 tackles followed by sr. lLB Dan Chandler (67) and so. DB Hatt Horeczko (60) ... sr. OLB Paul Sellers has a team high 5 QB sacks while so. DL Bobby Tubbs has 6 QB hurries ... USD is aver aging 325.l yards of total offense (257.7 rushing, 67. 4 passing) while giving up 294 . 4 yards of offense. POMONA- PITZER NOTES: Pomona-Pitzer brings a recor d of 2··5 into Torero Stadium Saturday ... they opened witl1 four straight losses to Colorado College (13- 17), Occidental (9-31), La Verne (10- 38) and Whittier (20-34) before winning two straight against Claremont-Mudd (22-9) a11d Principia College, IL (56-15) ... this past weekend they were trounced by Redlands (3-54) ... against Redlands, the Sagehens totaled 139 yards of offense ( 130 rushing) while giving up 523 yards (379 rushing , 1 44 passing) against Redlands, sophomore RB Tony Fadula finished with J 6 carries for 78 yards . . . l eaders for t he season include Fadula (72 carries for 352 yards and 3 TD's; 15 catches for 1 38 yards ), sophomore QB Marc Tobler (58-for-124 for 733 yards, 9 interceptions and 1 TD} and senior WR/ DB/P Nate Ki r tman (14 catches for 309 yards and 2 TD's, 2 interceptions, 38.8 yards a punt average) the Sagehens wer e 3-5 in 1990. NEXT FOR THE 'l'OREROS: USO closes out it s slate of home games on Saturday, November 9th against Azusa Pacific (7:30 pm at Azusa Pacific) .. their final regular-season game is Novembe r 16th at Occidental College (7:00 pm). Enter today's 50/50 drawing a nd SUPPORT USD ATHLETICS!
Chances are available for two for the price of $ 1. Tickets are available the game and during the first half at both entrances to Torero Stadium. the proceeds go to today's winner and half to USO Athletics. The winner will be announced during halftime of today's football game. Thank You!
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