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Lawrence leads San Diego past Western New Mexico 38-9

SAN DIEGO — Anthony Lawrence accounted for three first-quarter touchdowns to get San Diego off and running and the Toreros breezed to a 38-9 victory over Division II-member Western New Mexico in a season opener for both teams on Saturday.

Lawrence, a redshirt senior and four-year starter, capped a game-opening 11-play, 71-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Lawrence connected with Michael Bandy for a 24-yard scoring strike on the Toreros’ second possession and passed to Zach Nelson for a 2-yard score on the third possession of the quarter. Pat Martinez added a 2-yard TD run 53 seconds into the second quarter for a 28-0 lead.

Ignacio Correa booted a 35-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 68-yard drive to get the Mustangs on the scoreboard with 2:23 left in the first half. Blayne Armstrong hooked up with Kourde Roberts for an 82-yard scoring strike in the third quarter.

Lawrence, who added a 50-yard scoring strike to Bandy in the third period, finished with 236 yards on 26-of-37 passing. Bandy finished with eight catches for 111 yards.