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Former Navy SEAL's end-zone mission comes up short for San Diego

September 11, 2011 | 12:52 am


With a victory over Western New Mexico secure, the University of San Diego allowed running back JP Bolwahnn the old college try in his quest to make a special tribute.

Bolwahnn, a 34-year-old sophomore and former Navy SEAL, had said he would salute the American flag if he scored a touchdown Saturday to honor his comrades who had fallen in combat and were still fighting abroad.

Leading 30-10 with 3 minutes 8 seconds left in their home opener, the Toreros took over at Western New Mexico's 35-yard line and tried to help Bolwahnn fulfill his pledge. Bolwahnn carried the ball on six consecutive plays, gaining a first down, before the clock ran out with San Diego on the 20.

Bolwahnn finished with 15 yards rushing.

His next opportunity to score comes next week when San Diego plays at UC Davis.

--Ben Bolch

Photo: JP Bolwahnn watches from the University of San Diego sideline during a game against Azusa Pacific last week. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times