Scores

Final

San Diego State 41

(4-2, 1-1 MW)

Air Force 27

(3-3, 0-2 MW)

8:00 PM ET, October 13, 2011

Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 3 14 10 1441
AFA 7 10 3 727

Top Performers

Passing: R. Lindley (SDSU) - 209 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Hillman (SDSU) - 27 CAR, 172 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Warzeka (AFA) - 7 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Ronnie Hillman ices San Diego St. win over Air Force 

Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Ronnie Hillman scored on 22- and 57-yard runs in the fourth quarter and San Diego State survived a series of trick plays figuring in two Air Force scores to pull away for a 41-27 victory Thursday night.

Hillman shook off a late fumble to finish with 172 yards on 27 carries, the sophomore running back's 11th 100-yard performance in 18 career games. They include a 191-yard effort last year in a 27-25 victory over Air Force in San Diego.

Ryan Lindley threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 28-yard score to Colin Lockett late in the third quarter to help San Diego State (4-2, 1-1 Mountain West) bounce back from successive losses. The Aztecs are off to their best start since 1977, when they began the season 5-1.

Tim Jefferson had touchdown passes of 18 and 26 yards to Jonathan Warzeka among his 22 completions in 36 attempts for 224 yards for Air Force (3-3, 0-2).

Air Force kept it close for much of the game. Mikel Hunter helped to break a tie with his second big run on a reverse, gaining 33 yards to the San Diego State 17.

The Falcons advanced to the 14 before Parker Herrington, who earlier kicked a 44-yard field goal, came on to add a 31-yarder for a 20-17 lead midway through the third quarter.

But San Diego State scored 10 points in a 14-second span following two Air Force turnovers.

Rene Siluano's interception of Jefferson's pass set up Abelardo Perez's second field goal, a 25-yarder that evened the score at 20 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Then, on the first play of Air Force's next series, Mike DeWitt fumbled after a hit by Jerome Long, and Logan Ketchum covered the loose ball for San Diego State at Air Force's 28. From there, Lindley found Lockett open in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

Hillman added to San Diego State's lead with a 22-yard touchdown run, breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then dragging a defender the final 3 yards into the end zone.

He broke loose for his second score moments later.

Herrington kicked his first field goal, and Air Force pulled into a 17-17 tie in the finishing touch to a pulsating second quarter in which the teams combined for 24 points.

San Diego State went in front 10-7 on Lindley's 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alston Umuolo with 14:11 left in the second quarter.

Air Force answered with a scoring drive that featured two trick plays. On a third-and-9 play, Hunter broke free on a reverse for a 29-yard gain to the 11. Air Force managed to get to the 4, where they Falcons lined up for an apparent field goal try on fourth down. But Herrington lined up as the holder and punter David Baska, normally the holder, took his place as kicker. Herrington got the long snap and took off around the right side, pitching the ball back to the trailing Baska, who dove over a San Diego State defender and shoved the ball one-handed over the goal line for the touchdown.

The Aztecs wasted no time responding. Brandon Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and a 17-14 San Diego State lead. Davis bolted up the middle, stepped out of a tackle at about the 25 and quickly veered into the clear down the right sideline, going the rest of the way untouched.

San Diego State reached the Air Force 9 on its opening possession before the drive stalled and Perez kicked a 27-yard field goal for the game's first score.

Jefferson hit a wide-open Warzeka in stride for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give Air Force a 7-3 lead midway through the first period.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
AFA
1st Downs2026
Total Yards410419
Passing209224
Rushing201195
Penalties5-473-30
3rd Down Conversions5-115-16
4th Down Conversions1-15-6
Turnovers13
Possession26:4033:20

Passing Leaders

San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lindley15/2120910.020
Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jefferson22/362246.222

Rushing Leaders

San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hillman271726.4257
Kazee5163.207
Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clark16724.5027
Hunter46215.5033

Receiving Leaders

San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Denso58316.6033
Lockett35317.7128
Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Warzeka79613.7226
Kauth24020.0033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUAFA
FG09:36Abelardo Perez 27 Yd 30
TD04:07Jonathan Warzeka 26 Yd Pass From Tim Jefferson (Parker Herrington Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERSDSUAFA
TD14:11Alston Umuolo 27 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Abelardo Perez Kick) 107
TD06:00David Baska 4 Yd Run (Parker Herrington Kick) 1014
TD05:50Brandon Davis 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Abelardo Perez Kick) 1714
FG00:00Parker Herrington 44 Yd 1717
THIRD QUARTERSDSUAFA
FG09:26Parker Herrington 31 Yd 1720
FG02:30Abelardo Perez 25 Yd 2020
TD02:16Colin Lockett 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Abelardo Perez Kick) 2720
FOURTH QUARTERSDSUAFA
TD10:45Ronnie Hillman 22 Yd Run (Abelardo Perez Kick) 3420
TD08:57Ronnie Hillman 57 Yd Run (Abelardo Perez Kick) 4120
TD05:56Jonathan Warzeka 18 Yd Pass From Tim Jefferson (Parker Herrington Kick) 4127