Valparaiso 14

(3-5, 2-3 Pioneer)

San Diego 49

(3-4, 1-1 Pioneer)

4:30 PM ET, October 16, 2004

Torero Stadium, San Diego, CA

1 2 3 4 T
VALP 0 7 7 014
USD 14 7 14 1449

Top Performers

Passing: D. Shamburg (VALP) - 88 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Herron (USD) - 4 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: N. Garton (USD) - 3 REC, 86 YDS, 2 TD

San Diego 49, Valparaiso 14

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Todd Mortensen passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as San Diego pulled away in the second half to top Valparaiso 49-14 on Saturday.

Evan Harney rushed for 191 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries for the Toreros in a game that matched the two schools who tied for first place in the division last year.

San Diego (3-4, 1-1 Pioneer North) took a 21-7 halftime lead en route to avenging a 41-34 loss at Valparaiso last year and handing the Crusaders (3-5, 0-2) their third straight loss.

Mortensen, who went 17-of-27 for 264 yards, extended San Diego's lead to 42-14 with a 56-yard TD toss to Nick Garton with 7:54 left in the game. The scoring strike came after the Toreros stopped Valparaiso on the San Diego 5 as the Crusaders threw three straight incomplete passes.

Garton also had a 16-yard TD catch to open scoring in the third quarter. The Crusaders followed with a 5-yard TD run by Jeff Horton, but San Diego answered with a 3-yard TD catch by Matt Koller.

Dustin Shamburg started at quarterback for Valparaiso but gave way in the second half to Joe Milazzo. The Crusaders passed for 161 yards overall, going 13-of-27.

With 3:31 left in the first quarter, San Diego's Michael Gasperson blocked a punt and scored on the play to increase the Toreros' lead to 14-0. Chris Ramsey recovered the ball and pitched it to Gasperson for the 4-yard return.

In the second, the Crusaders cut the deficit to 14-7 on a 4-yard TD catch by Kenny Keil.

Valparaiso advanced to the Toreros 10 in the closing minute of the first half, but Scott Cooper intercepted a pass in the end zone 20 seconds before halftime.