Redlands Gets Late Score to Defeat USD, 21-17

Quarterback Jamie Garton hit tailback Ed Soto with a three-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining to give the University of Redlands a 21-17 victory over the University of San Diego at Redlands Saturday, in the season opener for both teams.

Soto, who gained 108 yards on 21 carries, scored all three Bulldog touchdowns. He ran two yards for a score with 2:19 left in the first quarter and had a 55-yard scoring run late in the first half.

The Toreros, who took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 26-yard run by Mark Covarrubias, led 10-7 with 12:53 left in the first half on Jack Kratochvil’s 42-yard field goal. The Toreros extended their edge to 17-7 less than nine minutes later, when reserve quarterback Ed McGarvey threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sears. Pat Dixon started at quarterback for USD but was injured and missed two plays.

Covarrubias rushed for 138 yards on 28 carries for the Toreros. Garton completed 23 of 43 passes for 240 yards for Redlands.