San Diego, CA- The San Diego State Aztecs rebounded from their 30-14 loss to Nevada last week and defeated Idaho 35-21 to keep their bowl hopes alive.ï¿½San Diego State Aztecs improved to (5-4, 3-2 MW) on the season and remain tied for first place in the West Division of the Mountain West.
The Aztecs have three games left in the season and need to win one more game to become bowl eligible, two more for theirï¿½fifth-straight winning season and three more to possibly win the West Division and earn a spot in the Mountain West Championship.
The Aztecs rushed for 158 yards and senior quarterback Quinn Kaehler had arguably his best game of the season, going 14-22 with 249 yards and a career high three touchdowns. Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 142 yards with one touchdown.
Ruffin had his best game since returning from injury, with four receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
The Aztecs would score on their opening drive on a 24 yard touchdown pass by Kaehler to Ruffin to give the Aztecs a 7-0 lead. Idaho would respond on their opening drive with a two yard touchdown run byï¿½Elijhaa Penny to tie the game at 7-7.
Pumphrey would give the Aztecs back the lead on their second drive of the game with a 5 yard touchdown run to give the Aztecs a 14-7 lead. Idaho would once again tie the game on their following drive with a when 13 yard run byï¿½Chad Chalich to tie the game at 14-14.
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The Aztecs would be held scoreless in the 2nd quarter to keep the game tied at 14-14 at the half.
Kaehler would give the Aztecs back the lead to begin the 2nd half on a 58 yard touchdown pass to Eric Judge to give the Aztecs a 21-14 lead. Chase Price would extend their lead to 28-14 on their ensuing drive with a 5 yard touchdown run.
Idaho would cut the Aztecs lead to 28-21 in the 4th quarter, but the Aztecs would seal the win on a 28 yard touchdown pass from Kaehler to Ezell Ruffin to put the game out of reach.