San Diego State Vs. Army: Aztecs Sweat Out A Victory, 23-20

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Ryan Lindley #14 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws a pass against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20 2010 in San Diego California. Utah won 38-34. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


Final - 9.10.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
San Diego St. Aztecs 14 0 6 3 23
Army Black Knights 7 7 0 6 20

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This game was an interesting contest, Army fumbled the ball eight times and lost three of them and could have been blown out in this game. San Diego State also had a few dropped passes that could have been touchdowns.

The Aztecs scored quickly on their first possession on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Colin Lockett and then scored again late in the first quarter to go up 14-0. Early on it seemed as if the Aztecs were going to blow out the Black Knights, but then Army chipped away with their triple-option offense that the Aztecs could not stop. 

The Army triple-option racked up 403 yards on the ground and Army could have done more damage if quarterback Trent Steelman did not get hurting during this game. He led all rusher with 157 yards on the ground. The triple-option keeps lesser athletic teams in the game, but the Army triple-option is nothing like the Air Force run option attack. Judging by this game it seems highly unlikely judging from this Aztec performance that they will be Air Force later this year, however the way Air Force is playing today who knows.

Positives in this game was the last drive of the game where the San Diego State defense came alive by making big hits, causing Army to lose yards on fumbles and a sack that pushed the Black Knights out of field goal range. Also, Ronnie Hillman had 117 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Ryan Lindley was only 8-for-18 on 146 yards and one touchdown. The main reason for Lindley's lack of yards is due to Army holding the time of possession 42 minutes to 18  minutes.

A win is a win, and Aztec fans should not complain too much because as recently as 2009 this would have been a good win to have.

Here are highlights from the game.


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