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Macchi Breaks Single-Season Passing Record As Valpo Falls To San Diego

Saturday, October 26, 2002

San Diego, Cal. – David Macchi broke Valpo’s single-season passing record, but San Diego defeated the Crusaders 59-27 in a Pioneer Football League game. A junior from San Jose, Cal., Macchi passed for 427 yards and now has 2,484 this season, eclipsing the record of 2,422 yards set by Scott Lange in 1983.

Macchi threw three touchdown passes, one each to Bryan Hollermeier, Kevin Knutson and Rob Giancola. The two teams combined for 1,132 total yards.

San Diego’s Eric Rasmussen threw a school-record seven touchdown passes, five to Michael Gasperson, also a USD single-game record. Gasperson caught eight passes for 187 yards and Jeff Incerty added four receptions for 118 yards. The Toreros led 35-17 at halftime.

Valpo (0-8, 0-3 PFL) grabbed a 7-0 lead just 28 seconds into the game when Macchi lofted an aerial over the secondary at midfield to Hollermeier, who sprinted into the end zone for a 61-yard score.

Rasmussen and Gasperson responded with three straight touchdown strikes. The Toreros tied the game at 7-7 with 12:48 left in the first quarter when Gasperson hauled in a 34-yard pass from Rasmussen. The duo hooked up again on a 48-yard touchdown reception and again on a 7-yard scoring pass.

Macchi, who completed 22 of 47 passes, connected with Knutson on a 54-yard touchdown aerial to trim USD’s lead to 21-14 with 6:03 left in the first quarter. Valpo’s Adam Hudak booted a 33-yard field goal, one of two on the night.

San Diego (4-3, 2-0 PFL) scored the next 14 points on a Ken Villalobos 6-yard run and Gasperson’s fourth touchdown, a 15-yard pass from Rasmussen.

Hudak cut the deficit to 35-20 with a 29-yard field goal, but USD answered with 14 more points on Dru Smith’s 8-yard touchdown reception and Gasperson’s record-setting score, a 34-yard pass from Rasmussen.

Macchi broke the single-season passing mark by finding Giancola for a 20-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter. USD added the final 10 points on Adam Williams’ 21-yard field goal and Iman Nikzad’s 68-yard touchdown run.

Rasmussen completed 18 of 30 passes for 395 yards. The USD defense intercepted four passes. USD outgained the Crusaders 593 to 539. Valpo had 452 passing yards to 431 for USD.The Toreros rushed for 162 yards to Valpo’s 87. Nikzad led USD with 120 yards on nine carries.

Knutson caught four passes for 122 yards, Ryan Barno had six for 98 yards and Giancola added six for 94 yards.

Valpo hosts Butler next Saturday (Nov. 2) on Parents’ Day at 1 p.m.



W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo