PFL Leader San Diego Defeats Drake Football, 27-10

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 KRNT Full Schedule Roster Marist 11/10/2018 – 1 p.m. DES MOINES, Iowa – The San Diego Toreros overcame a cold November rain and the Pioneer Football League’s top defense to defeat the Drake University football team, 27-10, Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium.The win was San Diego’s (6-2, 6-0 PFL) 27th-straight conference victory to maintain first place in the PFL standings. Drake (5-2, 4-2 PDL) surrendered just 343 yards against the league’s top offense and the Drake defense continued to make big plays, including a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jeran Proctor that accounted for the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown of the day. Danny Donley also booted a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter after a big hit by cornerback Jabari Butler forced a fumble to set up the score. Connor Willis led the defense in tackles with 11 on the afternoon.”Our defense made some big plays and forced some turnovers,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “That’s where we got our 10 points, but we were never able to sustain a drive and keep our defense off the field.”Along with the defense, Ross Kennedy’s punting helped keep Drake in the game as USD returned just one of his eight punts, and for a scant three yards at that, while three others were boomed inside the 20-yard line. He finished the day with an average of 40.4 yards per punt and a long of 49.San Diego’s standout quarterback Anthony Lawrence competed 21-of-32 passes for 227 yards and touchdown. He also recorded a rushing score as well. The Toreros’ defense held Drake to 254 yards and stymied the Bulldogs’ usually efficient passing attack all day, recording six sacks and multiple hurries on Drake quarterback Grant Kraemer. “We never got on track offensively and that set the tone for the game,” Fox added.Steven Doran had 96 yards of the Bulldogs’ offense on seven catches to continue his stellar season despite USD holding a 14-minute advantage in time of possession.San Diego scored on its second drive of the game when a 43-yard pass from Lawrence to Armstead set the Toreros up on the Drake 4-yard line. Drake’s top-ranked defense forced a fourth-and-goal situation, but Lawrence managed to carry the ball in to give USD an early lead. USD tacked on another score to end the first half when they recovered a Drake fumble on the Drake 9-yard line and four plays later Lawrence had another short carry into the endzone. The PAT attempt failed to give the Toreros a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.Drake’s defense answered, as it has all season, to open the second quarter when Jeran Proctor intercepted a floating pass at the USD 26-yard line and weaved through would-be tacklers to score the Bulldogs’ second pick-6 in as many games. The defense made its presence felt again with a big stand on 4th down to thwart a USD drive in Drake territory. However, the Torero defense picked off a deep pass two plays later to take the momentum from the Bulldogs.USD capitalized on that error with a 62-yard sprint by Martinez to put the Toreros on the goal line. One play later, Terrence Smith carried the ball in from three yards out to put USD up 20-7 with 5:46 left in the half. That score held up to end the half despite Drake attempting to mount a drive in the in the final minute. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that drive ended when USD’s David Tolbert picked off a pass on the USD 7-yard line. San Diego racked up 245 first-half yards, including 114 on the ground against the Bulldogs’ vaunted defense.The Toreros added to their lead to open the second half when Lawrence completed a 42-yard pass to Michael Bandy to put USD up, 27-7, and effectively seal the victory heading into the fourth quarter.Drake remains at home for its next contest against Marist, Nov. 10, at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs will honor the program’s seniors prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff of the final home game of the year. “We’re going to move forward in the next two weeks and play the kind of Drake football we normally play,” Fox added.center_img Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (HTML) Next Game: Story Linkslast_img read more