San Diego, Calif. - Matt Kobli threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Bulldogs picked up over 200 yards on the ground, but host San Diego used a strong air attack and a late second-half surge to pull away for a 34-17 decision over Butler on Saturday (Nov. 15) evening at Torero Stadium.
Butler finished the contest with 319 yards of total offense - including 208 yards rushing - but the Toreros tallied 299 yards passing to help produce 439 yards total to send the Bulldogs to 6-4 on the year and 4-3 in Pioneer League play while improving to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in conference.
San Diego spotted itself a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter on a pair of touchdown strikes by Seb Trujillo. The Torero quarterback capped a 12-play, 77-yard first quarter drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Ben Hannula before finding John Matthews in the end zone from five-yards out two possessions later.
Butler would respond in the second, as a big 23 yard rush into San Diego territory by Calvin Blair helped lead to a 28-yard field goal by Jordan Quiroz before a one-yard touchdown run by Kolbi in the final second of the period lifted the Bulldogs to within four at the half.
Thirteen-yard and 15-yard rushes by Dionte Wiggins and a 16-yard run by Scott Gray helped set up a Bulldog first and goal at the eight. The Toreros managed to keep Butler out of the end zone on the first three plays to bring up a fourth and one situation with four seconds left, but Kobli found his way through the USD line to bring the Bulldogs right back into the contest at 14-10.
San Diego began its first drive of the second half with favorable field position at the Butler 43, and the Toreros would take advantage, getting a 22-yard passing play and an 18-yard jaunt by Matt Jelmini to set up an eight-yard strike for a 21-10 USD advantage.
It would be the only scoring of the period, however, as the two squads headed into the final 15 minutes of play in a two-possession contest.
Trujillo would quickly increase the difference at the start of the fourth, hooking up with Matthews for a 33-yard strike for six, but a blocked point-after by Mark Giacomantonio kept the score at 27-10.
Butler closed to within 10 on the very next possession, as Kobli completed a 12-play, 67-yard drive with a 23-yard toss to Dan Bohrer with less than four minutes to go in the contest.
An ensuing on-side kick attempt by the Bulldogs would squirt out of bounds, however, and give the Toreros prime field position that would lead to a 14-yard TB rush to complete the scoring.
Kobli finished 15-of-26 with 155 yards passing and a touchdown as well as 33 yards rushing with a TD. Wiggins led the way on the ground with 63 yards on 11 carries, while Bohrer finished with eight catches for 86 yards and a score.
Trujillo went 22-of-31 for 258 passing yards with four touchdowns.
Butler wraps up the 2008 campaign on the road next weekend when it heads to Davidson, N.C., on Nov. 22 for a noon contest against the league-foe Wildcats.