The University of San Diego was at the end of an eight-game winning streak, a Pioneer League title and a trip to the post-season when they matched up with Cal Poly last weekend.
But any hope of waltzing to the automatic FCS playoffs riding a wave of momentum after claiming the league championship for the third time in four years was swept aside by the Mustangs who hung one on the Toreros (bullfighter) to drop San Diego for just the second time this season.
The men's basketball team remained on the road after their sleeper bus broke down Sunday night en-route from Seattle after the exciting win over Seattle University.
So much for classes and a break before facing Carroll College at home Wednesday-The best laid plans ya know.
But back to playoff football as a glance at the Pioneer League, which receives one of 11 automatic bids for the first time this season.
San Diego won the circuit by two games with just Dayton and Drake showing winning records on the season to claim a post-season appearance for the first time since 1956.
Previous to SLO, the sole Toreros loss this season came in week two when they fell 35-18 to Jacksonville.
Freshman Keith Williams operates the helm, completing 55 percent for 2,093 yards and 21 TDs while being picked just nine times.
The rush game is headed by Jonah Hodges, who posted almost a 1,200-yard season and ran for a half dozen of the team's 15 rush touchdowns. He ran for 273 yards vs. Stetson this season.
A pair of all-league selections head the receiving corps with Brandon White (6-3) grabbing 55 for better than 800 yards after corralling 47 receptions for 590 yards and a dozen scores in earning honorable mention status last season.
First-team all-league receiver Reggie Bell, a 1,000-yard performer last season with 65 catches for nine scores, has snared 39 for 775 yards, almost a 20-yard per catch average.
Ross Dwelley is a 6-foot 5 tight end who also has contributed and combined with Hodges is responsible for an additional 42 catches and close to 400 yards.
It is certainly advantageous that the Grizzlies have recent game film against a common opponent.