San Diego, CA- The University of San Diego Toreros with their revamped offense defeated Western New Mexico 23-17 in their season opener last night at Torero Stadium.
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The Toreros dominated the 1st half with a 74 yard touchdown pass from new quarterback Keith Williams to wide receiver Brandon White, 61 yard touchdown pass Reggie Bell and a 20-yard field goal by David Last to give the Toreros a 16-3 lead at the half.
The Toreros would extend its lead to 23-3 on an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Jonah Hodges to begin the the third quarter.
The Mustangs battled back in the 4th quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mitch Glasmann to Marcus Smith and a 31-yard touchdown strike to Donald Byrd to cut the Toreros lead to 23-17 with 5:16 remaining in the game.
The Toreros defense would save the game by stopping the Mustangs offense on fourth-and 7 at the Toreros 17.
Quarterback Keith Williams and running back Jonah Hodges were impressive in their debut as starters for the Toreros.
Hodges, a transfer from Division I Cal, rushed for 12o yards on 23 carries.
Williams replacing four-year starter at quarterback Mason Mills, completed 12-of-25 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Williams also had 59 yards rushing.
The Toreros (1-0) go on the road next as they open up Pioneer Football League play against conference rival University of Jacksonville.