(Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: San Diego State 23, Army 20
West Point, NY (Sports Network) - Ronnie Hillman ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, leading the San Diego State Aztecs to a 23-20 win over Army in a non-conference tilt at Michie Stadium.
Colin Lockett added a touchdown catch and finished with 113 yards on five receptions to help SDSU improve to 2-0 under new head coach Rocky Long.
Army is now 0-2, despite 157 yards and three TDs on the ground by quarterback Trent Steelman.
The Aztecs struck first on the second play from scrimmage, as Ryan Lindley connected with Lockett for a 68-yard touchdown pass to give SDSU an early 7-0 lead.
The Aztecs stretched their lead to 14-0 at the 5:33 mark of the opening quarter, as Hillman scored on a 16-yard scamper.
Army answered with an 11-play, 71-yard drive, capped by Steelman's one-yard touchdown plunge to make it a 14-7 game.
The Black Knights knotted the score at 14-14 on another touchdown run by Steelman, this time from 11 yards out with just under seven minutes to play until halftime.
Hillman put the Aztecs back on top with a 20-yard touchdown run at the 1:56 mark of the third quarter, although Abelardo Perez missed the extra point and the score remained 20-14.
Army once again responded with a 70-yard scoring drive, and this time Steelman found the end zone on a 17-yard run to make it a 20-20 game. Alex Carlton missed the extra-point that would have given Army the lead.
Perez atoned for his earlier missed extra point with a 42-yard field goal to give SDSU a 23-20 lead with 9:29 to play, and the defense held strong the rest of the way to secure the victory for the Aztecs.
Army held a decisive 446-292 edge in total offense, but three lost fumbles proved to be the difference in this contest. In all, the Black Knights put the ball on the ground eight times.
09/10 16:00:25 ET