Aztecs Improve To 1-1 With 42-7 Victory Over Army

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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.

Quarterback Ryan Katz

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 runs 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.

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

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