Southland Roundup : Azusa Pacific Coasts to 44-14 Win
Azusa Pacific, ranked 14th in the NAIA, had 548 total yards and 29 first downs and routed Claremont-Mudd, 44-14, Saturday at Claremont.
Senior quarterback Dave Russell completed 14 of 17 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars (2-0). For the second straight week, Azusa Pacific scored on its first offensive play of the game, this time on a 66-yard pass from Russell to Ted Campbell. Campbell also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to break a 14-14 second-quarter tie.
Nine Azusa running backs combined for 240 yards rushing, although Christian Okoye was held to 55 yards in 17 carries. Claremont could manage only 10 yards rushing.
Cal State Northridge 45, St. Mary’s 13--Quarterback Chris Parker passed for 295 yards and four touchdowns to lead Northridge in a nonconference game at Moraga, Calif.
Northridge is 1-1, St. Mary’s 0-2.
Northridge’s defense held St. Mary’s to 10 yards rushing in 37 attempts and 208 yards passing. The Matadors had four interceptions and five sacks.
Parker threw for scores of 30 yards to Mike Kane, 22 yards to Kenny Garrett, 17 yards to Vincent Chambers and 7 yards to Scott Colvin.
Kane, a senior from Temple City who moved into Northridge’s starting lineup as a freshman, carried 15 times to break Mike Vogel’s school record of 358 career rushes. Kane finished with 84 yards and needs only 119 more to become Northridge’s all-time leading rusher.
Cal State Hayward 28, Cal Poly SLO 17--Defensive back Walter Washington returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown as Hayward won at home.
Defensive lineman Eric Houston, who had three quarterback sacks, blocked a punt with 10:17 remaining to set up a one-yard plunge by quarterback Bill Neal, giving Hayward a 21-17 lead with 8:52 remaining in the game.
Wide receiver Clark Sorenson led San Luis Obispo with nine receptions for 131 yards.
Hayward is 2-0, while San Luis Obispo, which plays at Fresno State next Saturday, dropped to 1-1.
Whittier 32, U. San Diego 8--Quarterback Mike Owens passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead Whittier College at San Diego.
Junior fullback John Castenada ran for 100 yards in 22 carries for Whittier, scoring on a 34-yard run with 8:41 left in the half. Aldin Tatley added a 34-yard field goal for the Poets (1-1). USD is 0-2.
Occidental 31, Redlands 21--Senior safety Doug Porter returned a punt 85 yards in the third quarter to spark Occidental to a victory over Redlands at Occidental. Senior defensive back Quay Richerson also had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Occidental is 2-0, Redlands 1-1.
Cal Lutheran 28, San Francisco State 24--Defensive lineman Rueben Solorio, from Montebello’s Schurr High School, intercepted a pass with 2:06 left to help preserve the victory for Cal Lutheran at San Francisco.
San Francisco State quarterback Rich Strasser, from Burbank’s Burroughs High School, was attempting to pass from his 22 when he was hit by Sean Tippit. The ball flipped forward into Solorio’s hands.
The Kingsmen (2-0) then ran out the clock.
Three touchdown passes by Tom Bond, from Hart High School in Newhall, gave Cal Lutheran a 21-9 halftime lead.