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Agnew's late TD pass lifts SDSU over Air Force, 21-17

SAN DIEGO (AP) Whether it's in Colorado or San Diego, the San Diego State Aztecs are getting used to lightning delays when they play Air Force.

The result has been the same, too: an Aztecs win.

Ryan Agnew threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Parker Houston with 6:10 to go and San Diego State beat Air Force 21-17 Friday night in a game delayed 1 hour, 7 minutes by lightning.

A year ago, there was an 88-minute lightning delay at Air Force, and the Aztecs held on for a 28-24 win.

''What a coincidence,'' SDSU coach Rocky Long said. ''It completely breaks up the whole rhythm of the game. And I thought it was a great game anyway, and it was going along just fine, so I think it kind of ruins the game, basically.''

But it finished the right way for SDSU.

Agnew moved the Aztecs (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) 94 yards in eight plays after the Falcons had gone ahead 17-14 on Ronald Cleveland's 4-yard run, his second score of the night.

The Aztecs, coming off a big 19-13 victory at Boise State, won their fifth straight game since losing their opener at Stanford. They also beat Air Force (2-4, 0-3) for the eighth straight time.

The Aztecs were about to start a drive with 5:50 left in the third quarter when lighting was detected within eight miles of SDCCU Stadium, leading to a 30-minute delay. There were more lightning strikes during those 30 minutes. Air Force players returned to the field briefly before heading back to the locker room, and another 30-minute delay began. It rained off and on from early in the game.

''It's kind of dead in the locker room so we played some music and danced around a little bit,'' said Parker Baldwin, who sealed the win with an interception with 3:10 left. ''We came out a little slow after the break but we got it going after a while.''

The Falcons took advantage of great field position to go ahead in the fourth quarter, pinning SDSU deep and forcing a punt that gave them the ball at the SDSU 40. Seven plays into the drive, Cleveland took a toss and scored.

But Agnew, a junior filling in for injured senior Christian Chapman, led the winning drive in front of maybe 500 fans left from an announced crowd of 25,326. He twice converted on third down, first on a 32-yard scramble and then on a 32-yard pass to Kobe Smith.

''That kid made two really fine plays on third down,'' Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said.

Houston was wide open up the middle and broke one tackle to score.

''I didn't think we were ever going to call that play,'' Houston said. ''But when we did, the O-line executed it, the receivers executed it, the backfield, Ags executed it perfectly and we ended up scoring.''

Said Agnew: ''What he's not mentioning is he made a guy miss. That was probably the greatest part about it. It was a great play call by the coaches for them to trust Parker in that situation because it's not an easy one to execute.''

Chase Jasmin ran for one touchdown for SDSU, and Trenton Thompson returned a blocked punt 19 yards for a score.

Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond was knocked out of the game with an injury late in the first half when he was tackled for a loss by Kyahva Tezino. Hammond was replaced by Isaiah Sanders.

San Diego State scored just three plays into the game on Jasmin's 4-yard run, which was set up by Agnew's 55-yard pass to Fred Trevillion.

SDSU struggled most of the rest of the half, though. Agnew was sacked by Jordan Jackson for a safety late in the first quarter and then was intercepted in the end zone to set up an 80-yard Air Force drive capped by Cleveland's 12-yard run for a 9-7 lead late in the second quarter.

Even normally reliable John Baron II was wide right on a 44-yard field goal attempt for the Aztecs.

But SDSU took a 14-9 lead with eight seconds before halftime when Kaelin Himphill blocked Charlie Scott's punt and Thompson scooped up the ball and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown, giving a nice second effort to get into the end zone.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons dropped to 0-3 on the road this season, including 0-2 in the conference. The Falcons were coming off a home win against Navy.

SDSU: The Aztecs continue to win despite being without Chapman and starting running back Juwan Washington. Agnew made his fourth straight start since Chapman sprained his left knee in a win against Sacramento State on Sept. 8. Jasmin is filling in for Washington, who broke his right collarbone on Sept. 22.

UP NEXT

Air Force is at UNLV next Friday night.

SDSU hosts San Jose State next Saturday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:10
29-J.Baron extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 6:18
9-R.Agnew complete to 82-P.Houston. 82-P.Houston runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
71
yds
03:07
pos
17
20
Two Point Conversion 9:25
4-I.Sanders complete to 3-R.Cleveland. 3-R.Cleveland to SDSU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 9:30
3-R.Cleveland runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
50
yds
03:15
pos
15
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:08
29-J.Baron extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
9
14
Touchdown 0:18
15-C.Scott punts 0 yards from AF 36 blocked by 47-K.Himphill. 18-T.Thompson runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
9
13
Point After TD 5:13
92-J.Koehnke extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
9
7
Touchdown 5:22
3-R.Cleveland runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
94
yds
05:15
pos
8
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Safety 0:14
9-R.Agnew sacked at SDSU End Zone for -11 yards to SDSU End Zone for no gain safety (94-J.Jackson).
plays
yds
pos
2
7
Point After TD 13:49
29-J.Baron extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:56
22-C.Jasmin runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
65
yds
01:04
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 13
Rushing 9 5
Passing 4 8
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 6-16 2-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 276 270
Total Plays 68 59
Avg Gain 4.1 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 214 84
Rush Attempts 51 34
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 2.5
Net Yards Passing 62 186
Comp. - Att. 8-17 9-25
Yards Per Pass 3.6 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-27
Penalties - Yards 5-56 8-55
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 8-35.3 7-39.4
Return Yards 84 73
Punts - Returns 1-4 4-41
Kickoffs - Returns 2-80 2-32
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 1/2 3/4
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 0/1 0/1
Safeties 1 0
1234T
Air Force 2-4 270817
San Diego State 5-1 770721
62 PASS YDS 186
214 RUSH YDS 84
276 TOTAL YDS 270
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
I. Sanders 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 51 0 1 61.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 340 1 2 115.2
I. Sanders 7/15 51 0 1
D. Hammond III 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 11 0 0 192.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 224 2 0 147.8
D. Hammond III 1/1 11 0 0
A. Smith 10 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
A. Smith 0/1 0 0 0
I. Sampson 23 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 0 0 0 100.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 0 0 0 100.0
I. Sampson 1/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Fagan 34 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 90 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 342 2
C. Fagan 16 90 0 42
I. Sanders 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 175 2
I. Sanders 15 49 0 8
K. Remsberg 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 256 1
K. Remsberg 3 32 0 27
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 131 2
R. Cleveland 6 17 2 12
D. Hammond III 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 105 5
D. Hammond III 4 9 0 4
T. Birdow 33 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 93 1
T. Birdow 2 9 0 5
J. Saucier 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 147 1
J. Saucier 3 9 0 7
A. Smith 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
A. Smith 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Waguespack 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 47 1
K. Waguespack 2 31 0 20
G. Sanders 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 131 0
G. Sanders 2 27 0 20
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 141 1
R. Cleveland 2 3 0 2
K. Remsberg 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 1 0
K. Remsberg 2 1 0 1
M. Bennett 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 238 1
M. Bennett 0 0 0 0
J. Saucier 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
J. Saucier 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Johnson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
K. Johnson 9-0 0.0 0
J. Fejedelem 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
J. Fejedelem 6-1 0.0 1
B. Bagnall 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
B. Bagnall 4-2 0.0 0
R. Connors 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Connors 4-1 0.0 0
D. Sutton 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Sutton 4-0 0.0 0
K. Floyd 29 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
K. Floyd 2-0 1.0 0
Z. Lewis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
Z. Lewis 2-1 0.0 0
M. Fifita 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Fifita 2-1 0.0 0
M. Capra 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Capra 1-0 0.0 0
C. Gessler 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Gessler 1-0 0.0 0
J. Jackson 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Jackson 1-2 0.0 0
R. Jackson 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Jackson 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Koehnke 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/4 10/10
J. Koehnke 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Koehnke 92 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 35.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 35.8 2
J. Koehnke 4 35.8 2 38
C. Scott 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 34.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 39.0 3
C. Scott 4 34.8 3 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Smith 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
A. Smith 1 14.0 14 0
J. Saucier 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 66.0 66 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 39.0 66 0
J. Saucier 1 66.0 66 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 10.4 4 0
R. Cleveland 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Agnew 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36% 213 1 1 112.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50.5% 790 4 4 120.0
R. Agnew 9/25 213 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Jasmin 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 70 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
87 381 3
C. Jasmin 18 70 1 20
K. Williams 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
K. Williams 4 6 0 10
B. Busbee 41 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
B. Busbee 1 5 0 5
R. Agnew 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 79 0
R. Agnew 4 4 0 32
J. Byrd 15 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 87 1
J. Byrd 6 0 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Trevillion 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 94 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 245 0
F. Trevillion 3 94 0 55
T. Wilson Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 156 1
T. Wilson Jr. 3 50 0 24
P. Houston 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 109 2
P. Houston 2 37 1 29
K. Smith 92 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 64 0
K. Smith 1 32 0 32
K. Warring 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 127 0
K. Warring 0 0 0 0
C. Woolsey 4 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Woolsey 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Tezino 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
K. Tezino 13-2 0.0 0
P. Baldwin 33 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
P. Baldwin 8-1 0.0 1
Ta. Thompson 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 1 0.0
Ta. Thompson 8-0 0.0 0
T. Hawkins 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Hawkins 4-0 0.0 0
R. Smith 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
R. Smith 4-2 0.0 0
R. Lakalaka 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
R. Lakalaka 4-1 0.0 0
D. Hall 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
D. Hall 3-1 0.0 0
C. Mitchell 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Mitchell 3-0 0.0 0
N. Hall 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 1 0.0
N. Hall 2-4 0.0 0
A. Luke 45 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Luke 2-1 0.0 0
M. Cheatum 68 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Cheatum 2-0 0.0 0
T. Cassidy 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
T. Cassidy 2-2 0.0 0
K. Woods 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Woods 1-1 0.0 0
K. Banks 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Banks 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Baron II 29 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
10/12 11/11
J. Baron II 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Heicklen 59 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
31 41.3 3
B. Heicklen 7 39.4 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Byrd 15 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 16.0 23 0
J. Byrd 2 16.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Smith 92 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
K. Smith 2 1.0 2 0
R. Smith 17 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
R. Smith 1 2.0 2 0
K. Himphill 47 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 0 0
K. Himphill 1 17.0 0 0
J. Byrd 15 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
J. Byrd 1 3.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:49 SDGST 35 3:52 10 39 Punt
7:15 AF 30 0:38 4 76 Punt
5:07 AF 47 1:15 3 3 Punt
1:35 SDGST 41 0:41 3 4 Punt
0:14 SDGST 20 0:07 4 55 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:37 AF 20 5:15 11 80 TD
2:34 AF 27 1:29 3 9 TD
0:08 SDGST 35 0:00 2 -7 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:02 SDGST 35 0:00 9 21 Punt
7:57 AF 4 1:19 3 4 Punt
5:02 AF 5 4:41 11 55 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 SDGST 40 3:15 8 40 TD
6:10 SDGST 35 1:12 6 -15 Punt
3:48 AF 17 0:06 2 28 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 35 1:04 4 65 TD
9:23 SDGST 10 2:04 5 10 Punt
6:03 SDGST 13 0:53 3 4 Punt
3:49 SDGST 6 1:38 3 0 Punt
0:50 SDGST 7 0:12 2 13 Safety
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:52 SDGST 25 3:09 9 46 INT
5:13 AF 35 2:35 7 39 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:47 SDGST 17 2:47 7 40 Punt
5:58 AF 42 0:49 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:22 SDGST 6 1:31 4 -3 Punt
9:25 AF 35 3:07 9 94 TD
4:52 AF 45 0:58 3 -11 Punt
3:18 SDGST 45 2:08 5 5