Scores

Final

Army 7

(0-1)

San Diego State 42

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NBC Sports Network

7:30 PM ET, September 8, 2012

Qualcomm Stadium, SAN DIEGO, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ARMY 0 0 7 07
SDSU 14 7 21 042

Top Performers

Passing: R. Katz (SDSU) - 215 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Baggett (ARMY) - 13 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Ruffin (SDSU) - 5 REC, 132 YDS

San Diego St. 42, Army 7

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State was everything Army wasn't.

The Aztecs played tough defense, had no trouble running their offense and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in overwhelming Army 42-7 Saturday night.

"I think our players were ready to play," coach Rocky Long said. "And I thought they played very, very well. I think they were excited, I think they were physical and think they flew around and acted like the football team I thought they could be. We're not near as good as we're going to be, but that's a good start."

The Aztecs scored three touchdowns in a span of 2:45 in the third quarter, capped by Colin Lockett's 96-yard kickoff return. Walter Kazee scored twice in the first half for the Aztecs (1-1), who bounced back from an opening loss at Washington.

It was a dreadful opener for Army, which is trying to bounce back from a 3-9 record in 2011. The Black Knights couldn't get anything going with their triple option against SDSU's aggressive defense until it was too late. Trent Steelman was intercepted twice and lost a fumble, with two of the turnovers setting up Aztecs scores.

"I am stunned," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "I didn't anticipate or couldn't visualize us playing like that. I don't want to take anything away from San Diego State. It's a good football team and they played well. They were precise, they were physical and we were not.

"Yes it was our first game and all that, but there are so many veteran football players that were doing things that we can do in our sleep and we looked like we were trying to do it in our sleep. I'm just stunned."

Long returned to conventional thinking a week after raising eyebrows by trying for two two-point conversions rather than PATs -- both failed -- and going for it on fourth down rather than trying a late field goal against Washington. With Long apparently regaining his trust in his kicker, Chance Marden made all six PATs against Army, although he missed both of his field goal attempts, from 40 and 37 yards.

Long has a chart that tells him when to go for it on fourth down rather than kick.

"We had the chart with us. I'm not going to talk about it anymore because it takes away from the game," Long said.

Leading 21-0 at halftime, the Aztecs scored 21 more in a span of less than three minutes in the third quarter.

Four plays after Ezell Ruffin's 57-yard catch-and-run, Adam Muema scored on a 1-yard run to cap SDSU's first possession of the second half.

Josh Gavert intercepted Steelman one play into the next Army drive, giving SDSU the ball at the Black Knights' 33. Two plays later, Ryan Katz threw an 8-yard TD pass to Chad Young.

Army avoided the shutout when Terry Baggett scored on a 10-yard run with 5:54 left in the third quarter, making it 35-7.

Lockett scored on the ensuing kickoff, breaking clear of the coverage at midfield and racing down the left sideline. It was his second career kickoff return for a score.

Kazee scored on runs of 4 and 22 yards in the first half and Adam Dingwell scored on a 7-yard run. Dingwell's touchdown was set up when Derek Largent recovered Steelman's fumble.

Last year, SDSU won 23-20 at Army.

"We knew they were going to be a tough team, so we had to play harder than we did last year," Aztecs linebacker Jake Fely said. "We just had to play harder than they did."

Army's Raymond Maples had 107 yards on 19 carries and Baggett had 100 yards on 13 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARMY
SDSU
1st Downs1821
Total Yards332443
Passing50215
Rushing282228
Penalties4-326-45
3rd Down Conversions6-146-12
4th Down Conversions1-40-0
Turnovers30
Possession31:0128:59

Passing Leaders

ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steelman3/8506.302
San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Katz14/2121510.210

Rushing Leaders

ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Maples191075.6038
Baggett131007.7123
San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Muema15986.5131
Kazee7517.3222

Receiving Leaders

ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maples12323.0023
Lawrence11818.0018
San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ruffin513226.4057
Escobar23417.0029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARMYSDSU
TD12:10Walter Kazee 4 Yd Run (Chance Marden Kick) 07
TD02:17Adam Dingwell 7 Yd Run (Chance Marden Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERARMYSDSU
TD08:10Walter Kazee 22 Yd Run (Chance Marden Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERARMYSDSU
TD08:27Adam Muema 1 Yd Run (Chance Marden Kick) 028
TD07:44Chad Young 8 Yd Pass From Ryan Katz (Chance Marden Kick) 035
TD05:54Terry Baggett 10 Yd Run (Dan Grochowski Kick) 735
TD05:42Colin Lockett 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Chance Marden Kick) 742