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Southland Roundup : Santa Barbara Beats Pomona-Pitzer, 28-15

Senior quarterback Paul Wright threw four touchdown passes Saturday afternoon to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 28-15 nonconference win over Pomona-Pitzer in Santa Barbara’s first home game in 15 years.

Wright threw a touchdown pass in each quarter. He connected with Chris Morrison for a 15-yard touchdown in the first and gave Santa Barbara a 14-0 halftime lead when he connected with Steve Marks for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Wright lofted a 51-yard pass to Chris Hoerntlein in the end zone for a 21-0 lead, and he finished up the scoring for the Gauchos with another touchdown pass to Marks, this one from 10 yards, in the fourth quarter.

Wright finished with 20 completions in 34 attempts for 331 yards, while Marks led the receivers with 7 catches for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. Santa Barbara’s defense held Pomona-Pitzer to minus 31 yards rushing, sacking Robert Bristow 8 times.

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UC Santa Barbara (2-1) dropped football after the 1971 season but brought it back this year. The game attracted a crowd of 3,729.

CS Hayward 29, Cal Lutheran 17--JoJo Williams caught two touchdown passes to lead the Pioneers at Hayward, while the Kingsmen may have lost more than the game as quarterback Tom Bonds suffered what might be a season-ending knee injury.

Bonds, the eighth-ranked passer in Division II last season with 2,427 yards and 17 touchdowns, had to leave the game in the third quarter after his right knee was struck by a Hayward player’s helmet on a tackle. Bonds had five touchdown passes in the first two games.

“We don’t know if it’s a sprain or a tear,” Cal Lutheran Coach Bob Shoup said. “We’ll wait 48 hours and see. If it’s too loose, we’ll operate. We don’t want to risk his career.”

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Both teams are 2-1.

Azusa Pacific 36, Whittier 7--Tailback Christian Okoye rushed for a career-high 210 yards and 3 touchdowns, and quarterback David Titchenal had a 83-yard scoring run in a nonconference game at Whittier.

Okoye, whose previous career-high of 206 yards came against Whittier last year, had touchdown runs of 3, 29 and 59 yards in becoming the Cougars’ all-time leading rusher with 2,366 yards.

Azusa Pacific (2-0-1) led, 9-7, at the half, and then scored on four consecutive possessions in the third quarter, including Titchenal’s 83-yard touchdown run after a key block by Okoye.

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Whittier is 1-2.

CS Northridge 37, San Francisco St. 0--Tailback Mike Kane ran for two touchdowns and caught another to lead the Matadors’ rout at San Francisco. Kane scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards, and turned a swing pass into a 43-yard touchdown reception for Northridge (3-0).

Claremont-Mudd 17, Menlo 15--Halfback Chris Dabrow threw a 79-yard option pass to wide receiver Darin Carlsen for a touchdown in the second quarter to lead the Stags to a nonconference win at Claremont.

Occidental 34, La Verne 10--Todd Stoney returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Mark Krajnik ran for one touchdown and threw for another to lead the Tigers (1-1-1) to a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win at Occidental.

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