NCAA Game Summary - Navy vs. San Diego State|
(Thursday, December 23rd)
Final Score: San Diego State 35, Navy 14
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Freshman Ronnie Hillman ran for 228 yards and
three touchdowns, pacing San Diego State to a 35-14 rout of Navy at the
Ryan Lindley completed 18-of-23 passes for 276 yards with two scores, one to
Hillman. The Aztecs, who returned to bowl play for the first time since 1998,
posted their first such victory since 1969. That year, the Aztecs topped
Boston University in the Pasadena Bowl.
Vincent Brown caught eight passes for 165 yards and a TD for San Diego State
(9-4), which gained its most victories in a single season since Claude Gilbert
guided SDSU to a 10-1 record in 1977.
The Aztecs rolled up 555 yards of offense.
"In my time at the Naval Academy that offense is as good as I've seen," Navy
coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "Their defense played well, we couldn't convert
down there in the red zone. Take your hat off to them, they beat us pretty bad
It was essentially a home game for the Aztecs with the contest going off
without a hitch thanks to incredible preparation by Qualcomm Stadium workers.
The San Diego area was doused by monsoon rains over the previous couple of
days, and workers had to pump approximately 1 1/2 million gallons of water out
of the stadium. It was essentially a lake Wednesday night, but was transformed
into a playable field by Thursday afternoon.
Ricky Dobbs ran for 107 yards and a TD, while throwing for 147 yards and
another score for the Midshipmen (9-4), who won their previous four contests.
Navy was behind by a TD going to the second half, but its attempt to tie the
game failed despite having a 1st-and-goal at the nine. On fourth down from the
three, Dobbs' pass was slightly too far in the end zone and off the finger
tips of sophomore Bo Snelson.
"Down there on the goal line was a big momentum changer," San Diego State
coach Brady Hoke said. "The defense stood up and did a tremendous job of
pulling together. We bit a lot in that drive, but when it came time for them
to put the ball in the end zone, our kids did a great job and kept them out. I
think that's when the momentum started to change."
Lindley threw a 15-yard TD pass to Hillman on the opening play of the final
quarter, extending the lead to 28-14.
The Aztecs later used a time consuming, 13-play, 80-yard march to seal the win
with Hillman sweeping to the right for a one-yard scoring run with 6:07
Andrew Preston picked off Dobbs deep in SDSU territory on the ensuing
possession, and the Aztecs ran out the final four-plus minutes.
Hillman split defenders and scored on a 22-yard run nearly six minutes into
the game. It became 14-0 when Lindley found Brown along the left sideline. The
senior wide receiver eluded a tackler and dashed to the end zone with 4:08
left in the opening quarter.
Greg Jones caught a 30-yard TD pass from Dobbs in the opening minute of the
second, but Hillman broke off a 37-yard scoring run with 3:15 left in the
Dobbs surged ahead for a one-yard score with only seven seconds left in the
half, pulling Navy within 21-14.
San Diego State is 3-0 all-time against Navy...Navy owns a 7-9-1 bowl game
record...Hillman carried the ball 28 times and Dobbs 24...Dobbs completed
8-of-15 passes...Dobbs came into the game needing 140 yards rushing to become
just the seventh quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass
for 1,000 yards in a season twice in a career...The teams combined for 514
rushing yards with San Diego State gaining 279.
12/24 00:10:34 ET