October 19, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
USDTD11:24SPADONE 11 Yd Pass From SINNETT (Eickert kick)
2nd Quarter
USDTD08:38BANDY 50 Yd Pass From SINNETT (Eickert kick)
USDTD00:54BANDY 8 Yd Pass From SINNETT (Eickert kick)
USDTD00:31SPADONE 8 Yd Pass From SINNETT (Eickert kick)
3rd Quarter
USDTD10:05BANDY 75 Yd Pass From SINNETT (Eickert kick)
USDTD00:35SINNETT 15 Yd Run (Eickert kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUSD
1st Downs1020
3rd Down Conversions5-143-11
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Passing (Comp-Att)182 (16-26) 307 (23-33)
Rushing (Att)67 (30) 159 (31)
Total Yards249466
Fumbles Lost20
Valpo Falls to PFL Favorite San Diego
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Valpo Falls to PFL Favorite San Diego
Chris Duncan ran for two touchdowns on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University football team scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, but an early deficit was too much in a 42-17 defeat to San Diego on Saturday afternoon at Torero Stadium. Chris Duncan (Woodland Hills, Calif. / Woodland Hills-Taft) went 16-of-26 through the air for 182 yards. Eight different Valpo players recorded a reception in the game.  

How It Happened

  • San Diego opened the scoring immediately with an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Reid Sinnett to Alex Spadone after a Valpo turnover.
  • Valpo responded with a field goal with just over three minutes left in the first quarter after a short punt by San Diego set up favorable field position. Dimitrios Latsonas (Westmont, Ill. / Westmont) converted the field goal from 38 yards out.
  • Valpo forced two punts to end the first quarter down only 7-3.
  • Sinnett threw his second passing touchdown of the day on a two-play, 65-yard drive with Michael Bandy on the TD catch.
  • After a Valpo punt, the Toreros would embark on a 13-play, 78-yard scoring drive that ended in an eight-yard pass to Bandy for his second score, upping the lead to 21-3.
  • The Valpo offense fumbled on the first play of the next drive with under a minute left in the half, and San Diego took only 13 seconds to score, extending the lead to 28-3.
  • Valpo started the second half strong, scoring on its first possession. The team went 75 yards in nine plays which featured Duncan breaking a tackle and diving into the endzone for a 12-yard score. The Brown & Gold pulled within 18 at 28-10.
  • The Toreros didn’t take long to respond as they threw a 75-yard pass to Bandy for his third score of the day, making it 35-10.
  • Duncan again led the Valpo offense on its second drive of the second half. That possession ended with the quarterback’s second rushing TD of the day to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive to make it 35-17.
  • San Diego again responded with a scramble by Sinnett from 15 yards out that capped the scoring.

Inside the Game

  • Duncan completed 61 percent of his passes for 182 yards while also rushing for 36 yards and two TDs.
  • Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground) had six receptions for a season-high 78 yards.
  • Elias Earley (Land O’Lakes, Fla. / Carrollwood Day) led the team in rushing with 38 yards on 11 carries. He had the longest rush of the game at 31 yards.  
  • Oscar Lopez (Chelsea, Mass. / Revere [Vermilion CC]) had his longest reception of the season with a 34-yard catch in the third quarter to set up Valpo’s second touchdown of the game.
  • Deuce Larose (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons) was second on team in receptions with three for 30 yards and a long of 16.
  • The Valpo defense forced San Diego to punt four times in the first five possessions.
  • Jamari Booker (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) had a nine-tackle output to lead the team.

Up Next

Valpo (0-7, 0-3 PFL) will return home to face Stetson next week. The game will kick off at noon on ESPN+ and 95.1 FM Valparaiso – WVUR. Links to live coverage will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.