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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.