Saturday, September 19, 2015

Aztecs stunned by South Alabama in overtime

QUALCOMM STADIUM (09/19/2015) After South Alabama kicker Aleem Sunanon forced overtime with a 46-yard field goal as time expired, the Jaguars (2-1) received the first possession and scored off a 2-yard touchdown run by Xavier Johnson.

The San Diego State Aztecs (1-2) failed to match the score as Maxwell Smith's fourth down pass to tight end Daniel Brunskill fell incomplete, giving South Alabama the 34-27 victory.

On a play worthy of the SportCenter Top 10, Smith caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from receiver Lloyd Mills, who tossed the ball in the air while being taken down in the backfield.

Smith found the end zone again with a 30-yard strike to Mikah Holder, giving SDSU a 17-3 lead with 7:28 left in the first half.

South Alabama answered back with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Cody Clements to Josh Magee, cutting the Aztec lead to 17-10 at halftime.

Just two plays into the second half, the Jaguars struck back. Johnson, who finished with a career-high 142 yards, tied the game 17-17 late in the third quarter after exploding to the end zone for a 76 yard score.

The Aztecs regained the lead with Donny Hageman's 54-yard field, but South Alabama refused to go away. Clements found Gerald Everett for a 57-yard score to put the Jaguars back on top 24-20 with 5:51 left to play.

Donnell Pumphrey gave SDSU their final lead of the game with an 8-yard touchdown run. He carried the ball 28 times for 102 yards and was also the team's leading receiver with five catches for 55 yards.

Next week the Aztecs travel to University Park, PA to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

San Diego Football Saturday 9/19


South Alabama (2-1) 34, SAN DIEGO STATE (1-2) 27.
Riverside (3-0) 31, GROSSMONT (2-1) 29.
SOUTHWESTERN (1-2) 23, LA Pierce (1-1) 20.

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