Aztecs Improve To 1-1 With 42-7 Victory Over Army
|SAN DIEGO (AP) - Colin Lockett's 96-yard kickoff return was San Diego State's third touchdown in a span of 2:45 in the third quarter and the Aztecs overwhelmed Army 42-7 Saturday night.
Walter Kazee scored twice in the first half for the Aztecs (1-1), who bounced back from an opening loss at Washington.
SDSU coach Rocky 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.
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.
Leading 21-0 at halftime, the Aztecs scored 21 more in a span of less than three minutes in the third quarter.
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.
Army's Raymond Maples had 107 yards on 19 carries and Baggett had 100 yards on 13 carries.