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Season 2005
December 14, 2005
Azusa Pacific did not have to look long or far for it's new head football coach, naming defensive coordinator Victor Santa Cruz as the ninth head coach in program history.
November 19, 2005
Azusa Paciic had a chance for a dramatic comeback, but Montana Tech held on to beat the Cougars 24-17 in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.
November 16, 2005
Azusa Pacific and Montana Tech picked a fine time to meet for the first time. The 2 nationally-ranked programs square off Saturday (Nov. 19) in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series in Azusa.
November 10, 2005
Mike Betancourth's 42-yard field goal with less than 4 minutes to play capped a Cougar comeback that lifted Azusa Pacific to a 34-31 victory over Valley City State and into the NAIA playoffs.
November 7, 2005
The NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific heads indoor for the first time ever to meet No. 18 Valley City State on Thursday, hoping that a victory will garner another game -- in the NAIA playoffs.
October 29, 2005
In only his third collegiate start, Rudy Carlton enjoyed the best game by a Cougar QB in 5 seasons, throwing for 353 yards and 3 TDs in No. 14 Azusa Pacific's 47-6 win over No. 23 Eastern Oregon.
October 25, 2005
The 2005 football season comes down to this week's homecoming game against Eastern Oregon. To the victor goes the hope of making the playoffs while the loser has to deal with the reality of no postseason this year.
October 15, 2005
With Western New Mexico threatening to take over the game, threatening skies instead unloaded a 15-minute rainfall that helped produce 3 straight WNMU fumbles, allowing Azusa Pacific to hold on for 20-13 victory.
October 10, 2005
The pursuit for a third straight NAIA playoff berth and the sixth in the past 8 years begins in earnest for Azusa Pacific when the Cougars host Western New Mexico, Saturday (Oct. 15) at 6 p.m.
October 8, 2005
Azusa Pacific put a scare in Sacramento State. However, the Hornets scored 3 TDs in less than 4 minutes to run away for a 41-19 victory.
October 3, 2005
Azusa Pacific takes a step up, and then some, in competition when the Cougars visit Sacramento State Saturday evening. It's only the second time in program history that the Cougars have playe a scholarship NCAA Division I-AA team.
October 1, 2005
Facing a gut-check challenge that meant the outcome of the game, Azusa Pacific's offensive unit answered the call and scored the game's final 10 points to lead the Cougars to a 27-17 victory over Southern Oregon.
September 26, 2005
The NAIA's No. 16-ranked Azusa Pacific returns home for the second time in 5 weeks when the Cougars host NAIA rival Southern Oregon in attempt to get over .500 for the first time this season.
September 24, 2005
Humboldt State missed 2 extra points and a potential game-winning field goal as Azusa Pacific, which on the other "foot" showcased a potent special teams unit, held on for a 13-12 victory.
September 19, 2005
Revitalized from its first win of the season, nationally-ranked Azusa Pacific tests its new-found momentum at Humboldt State where the Cougars have won just once in 9 tries.
September 17, 2005
Not everyone was pleased to be back home at Azusa Pacific, but the Cougars certainly were as they posted their first victory of the season, a 31-13 verdict over Willamette.
September 14, 2005
After 2 difficult games on the road, Azusa Pacific comes home for the first time this season to face Willamette, and in so doing the Cougars bring an old friend.
September 8, 2005
Senior safety Gabe Higerd has been lost for the season after breaking his leg while mountain climbing in the San Diego area on Labor Day.
September 6, 2005
For the third time in less than a year, Azusa Pacific is taking on the best of the NAIA when the Cougars visit No. 1-ranked and 3-time defending NAIA champ Carroll College in a rematch of last year's semifinal playoff game.
September 3, 2005
San Diego had little problem solving Azusa Pacific's no-huddle offense, and its offense did what no one has done to a Cougar defense in years. The end result was a convincing 30-6 USD win in both teams' season-opener.
August 29, 2005
The NAIA's No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific, which has won 28 of its past 34 games, begins its 41st season of football Satuday (Sept. 3) at the University of San Diego.
June 22, 2005
Azusa Pacific is hosting a youth coaching clinic staged by the NFL and the National Football Foundation. The clinic is open to youth coaches throughout Southern California.
May 16, 2005
Azusa Pacific will host the popular Camp of Champs June 27-30 on the university campus. Register now for one of the San Gabriel Valley's fastest growing youth football camps.
April 18, 2005
NAIA power Azusa Pacific's 9-game 2005 schedule features several first-ever visits from teams from New Mexico and Oregon while the Cougars also plan to play NCAA Division I-AA Sacramento State.
January 19, 2005
In a move that added to an already celebratory mood for an outstanding season, Azusa Pacific had 7 players receive NAIA Coaches All-American recognition for their effort during the 2004 gridiron season.