Sunday, December 18, 2011

A heroic effort wasn't enough to secure a 2nd straight bowl win for the Aztecs

NEW ORLEANS (12/17/11) - After trailing UL-Lafayette 19-3 early in the 3rd quarter, San Diego State found themselves behind 24-29 with 2:09 remaining in the game with a chance to take the lead. Senior quarterback Ryan Lindley hit Colin Lockett for a 12-yard score to put San Diego State up by one with 35 seconds left on the clock. That was his third touchdown pass of the game (all to Lockett) and the last one of his collegiate career.

Lindley found Lockett yet again for a two-point conversion that would've given the Aztecs a three-point lead but the officials ruled that he stepped out of bounds prior to making the catch. That disqualified the conversion and the score remained 30-29.

On the following possession, UL-Lafayette started with the ball on their own 18-yard line. Quarterback Blaine Gautier drove the Ragin' Cajuns 44 yards to the Aztec 38 after completing three out of four passes. That was enough to put kicker Brett Baer in a position to win the game with a career high 55-yard field goal. But before the junior could attempt the kick, the officials spotted him five more yards after calling "Illegal Stemming" on the Aztecs.

And then this happened...

A sickening way to end a season full of high expectations but you have to give the players credit for playing their hearts out in a hostile environment and showing no signs of quitting despite all the costly mistakes and mishaps that took place during the game.

Postgame Notes

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