SDSU football defeats Air Force, 28-24, in rainy-day duel

No. 22 ranked San Diego State defeated the Air Force Falcons 28-24 on Saturday, overcoming an 88-minute-long lightning delay at the midpoint of the second quarter, to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1981. 

Air Force jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, scoring the first touchdown of the game on a 29-yard rush by junior running back Ronald Cleveland.

Then, the skies opened up over Falcon Stadium. 

Both teams headed into the locker room with 7:56 to play in the first half, and for the second time in as many weeks SDSU was involved in a game stoppage. 

The Aztecs endured a 22-minute delay in their game against Stanford University last weekend after a stadium power outage. 

After not completing a pass before the delay, SDSU redshirt junior quarterback Christian Chapman -- who finished with 180 yards passing and one game-winning touchdown -- completed the first pass he threw after play resumed, moving into the red zone on a 42-yard pass to sophomore tight end Kahale Warring. Following a pass interference call on the Falcons, senior running back Rashaad Penny ran the ball in for a two-yard touchdown, his first of a career-high three rushing touchdowns on the night.

The Aztecs were the beneficiary of good play from both of their top running backs, with sophomore Juwan Washington rushing for a season-high 68 yards on 14 carries, while Penny contributed 128 yards on 20 carries with his three scores.

The biggest play on the ground for SDSU was a 53-yard touchdown rush from Penny with 5:39 left in the game, which turned out to be the winning score. The big play in the passing game came on a fourth quarter 28-yard touchdown pass from Chapman to senior tight end David Wells, which put the Aztecs back on top during a back-and-forth final frame. 

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