The Way We Were
The jam-packed fall sports season concluded this past December, and there were a number of highlights for University of San Diego athletic programs. The volleyball and football teams were champions in their respective conferences — Pioneer Football League and West Coast Conference — while a total of 32 USD athletes were either first- or second-team selections or an honorable mention.
First-year football coach Ron Caragher directed the team to 9-2 overall record, and senior quarterback Josh Johnson completed his impressive USD career. Johnson finished as the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing efficiency (176.68 rating). In 2007, he set a single-season record for most touchdown passes (43). Defensive end Erik Bakhtiari had a nation-leading 20 quarterback sacks, and wide receiver John Matthews caught a school record 16 touchdown passes.
Two teams — volleyball and women’s soccer — advanced to the NCAA postseason. The volleyball team, ranked 16th in the nation, lost a first-round match to Iowa State in a regional held in Madison, Wisc. Women’s soccer, fueled by all-time goal-scoring leader Amy Epsten and a program-best No. 9 ranking, competed in the UCLA regional, but lost to Oklahoma State in a first-round game.