Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekend Recap: Chargers blow 24-3 lead at Kansas City, Pumphrey & big plays lift Aztecs over Cal, Toreros fall at Cal Poly

Chargers' 4th quarter meltdown leads to 33-27 OT loss at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (09/11/2016) Helix High alum Alex Smith's two-yard touchdown scramble in overtime provided the dagger for the biggest comeback in Kansas City Chiefs history.

The San Diego Chargers (0-1) led 27-10 late in the fourth quarter, but the Chiefs (1-0) rallied with 23 unanswered points to come away with the season-opening victory.

Things took a turn for the worse after Keenan Allen (6 catches for 63 yards) was carted off the field with a potential torn ACL.

Melvin Gordon ran in the first two touchdowns of his pro career to help put the Chargers up 14-3 early in the second quarter.

After a sack by Jerry Attaochu forced a three-and-out, Phillip Rivers found Danny Woodhead wide open in the end zone to extend the lead to 21-3 going into the half.

A 29-yard field goal by Josh Lambo made it 24-3, but the Chiefs struck back with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Tyreek Hill to cut the Bolts' lead to 24-10 with 2:47 left in the third.

Lambo nailed a 28-yarder to put the Chargers up 27-10 in the fourth quarter, but Smith's 19-yard strike to Jeremy Maclin sparked the 17-0 run that forced overtime.

Pumphrey breaks Faulk's career rushing record in Aztecs' win over California

QUALCOMM STADIUM (09/10/2016) Going into one of the biggest games on the schedule, Donnel Pumphrey needed 220 yard to break the SDSU career rushing record held by Marshall Faulk.

He put up a career-high 281 and helped the San Diego State Aztecs (2-0) earn a thrilling 45-40 victory the California Bears (1-1) Saturday night.

This marks the Aztecs' second victory over a Power 5 conference opponent since defeating Washington State in 2011, and the third since knocking off Kansas in 1998.

The win also ties the all-time series at 4-4, with both teams going 4-0 at home.

Rashaad Penny had a huge night, following up a 25-yard touchdown grab from Christian Chapman with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score.

With the game tied 21-21 midway into the second quarter, Ronley Lakalaka interrupted a screen pass with a 9-yard pick-six to give the Aztecs a 28-21 lead.

A John Baron field goal and a 57-yard dash to the end zone by Pumphrey extended the lead to 38-21 in the third quarter, but Cal came roaring back with 13 unanswered points.

Pumphrey scored again off a four-yard run that should have been the dagger, but the Bears answered back with Raymond Hudson's 2-yard touchdown grab from Davis Webb.

The missed extra point kept the SDSU lead at 45-40, but a successful onside kick gave California new life.

The Bears drove down to the Aztec 22-yard line before Damontae Kazee's clutch interception sealed the team's 12th straight victory.

Toreros fall short at Cal Poly, 38-16

SAN LUIS OBIPSO, CA (09/10/2016) Ross Dwelley caught nine passes for 97 yards and two scores, but the University of San Diego Toreros (1-1) couldn't keep up with the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-1).

Anthony Lawrence's 13-yard touchdown pass to Dwelley gave USD a 13-10 lead with 55 seconds left in the half, but on the ensuing drive, Kyle Lewis took a 57-yard screen pass from Dino Graves to the end zone for six to regain the lead for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs went on to end the game on a 21-3 run, extending their lead in the all-time series to 5-0.

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