Air Force 12

(3-3, 3-1 MW)

San Diego State 19

(1-5, 1-2 MW)

8:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 0 0 3 912
SDSU 0 3 7 919

Top Performers

Passing: K. Craft (UCLA) - 133 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Henderson (SDSU) - 25 CAR, 142 YDS

Receiving: C. Schilens (SDSU) - 2 REC, 56 YDS, 1 TD

San Diego State 19, Air Force 12

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The wait is finally over for new coach Chuck Long and San Diego State.

Garrett Palmer kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to lift the Aztecs to 19-12 victory over Air Force on Saturday, giving San Diego State its first win of the season.

"I told the guys, let's not wait until October 21 next year to get our first win," joked Long, who was hired from the University of Oklahoma to turn around a program that has not had a winning season since 1998.

"I'm elated for them more than anything," Long said. "Just a wonderful victory for the guys."

San Diego State (1-5, 1-2 Mountain West) also snapped a six-game losing streak dating to last season and avoided setting a record for the worst start in the school's 86-year football history.

The Aztecs scored a touchdown with no time remaining when Air Force, trailing 13-12, tried to lateral the kickoff after Palmer's field goal. Marc Hull recovered the loose ball in the end zone.

Air Force (3-3, 3-1 MWC) took a 12-10 lead with 3:06 left in the game on a 38-yard field goal by Zach Sasser after facing 4th-and-1 at the Aztecs' 21-yard line.

"I didn't know if we would get the ball back," said Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry on his decision to kick the field goal. "I thought we could make it (first down), but if we didn't, you'd be asking why we didn't kick."

Palmer, who gave San Diego State a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, said he never had a doubt about the game-winning kick.

"I loved it," Palmer said. "Before I kicked the ball, I knew it was good. I had already kicked it in my head."

Redshirt freshman Kevin Craft hit Chaz Schilens with a 49-yard touchdown pass to give San Diego State a 10-3 lead midway through the third quarter. The play was the Aztecs' longest from scrimmage this season.

Freshman Atiyyah Henderson gained 142 yards on 25 carries for San Diego State, which overcame its first fourth-quarter deficit since November 2002.

The Falcons had a chance to tie the game after Jacobe Kendrick scored on a 9-yard run early in the fourth quarter. But Sasser missed the extra point. The Falcons were called for a false start on the first PAT try.

Sasser, who also missed a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter, tied the scored at 3-all on a 24-yard field goal at the 9:49 mark of the third quarter.