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By Liz Alper

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September 24, 2017 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - San Diego State football squeezed out a four-point victory Saturday night against Air Force in the cold, windy, rainy weather in Colorado.  With the win, SDSU moves to 4-0 for the first time since 1981.

It looked bleak at first and we aren't talking about the weather.  Air Force junior wide out Ronald Clevelamd ran it in for the 29-yard score in the first quarter and the Falcons led 6-0 after one. 

Senior kicker Luke Strebel added a field goal in the second, but SDSU began their comeback when senior runningback Rashaad Penny punched it in for two yards, but Air Force avoided any more damage and went to the locker room up 9-7.

That lead, as you'd expect, didn't last long.  In the third, Penny scored the only points of the quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Aztecs the 14-9 lead.

Things started to get more interesting in the fourth.  Falcons junior quarterback Arion Worthman ran into the endzone for one yard to give Air Force the lead again.  Junior quarterback Christian Chapman and his arm fought back with a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end David Wells and the Aztecs were out in front again by three.  Falcons senior runningback Tim McVey ran it in for 12 yards, giving the Falcons the lead again, but he was no match for Penny.  The Aztecs' back ran for the longest touchdown of the night:  53 yards and the Aztecs squeaked out the 28-24 victory.

The Aztecs are back home next weekend with a return to non-conference play, hosting the Northern Illinois Huskies.  Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.


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