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Thread: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl - FINAL - San Diego State 35 Navy 14

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    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl - FINAL - San Diego State 35 Navy 14

    Team Stat Comparison

    Navy
    San Diego St
    1st Downs 22 27
    Total Yards 382 555
    Passing 147 276
    Rushing 235 279
    Penalties 3-29 3-18
    3rd Down Conversions 5-13 7-10
    4th Down Conversions 2-3 0-0
    Turnovers 1 0
    Possession 29:41 30:19
    Passing Leaders
    Navy C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Dobbs 8/15 147 9.8 1 1
    San Diego State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Lindley 18/23 276 12.0 2 0
    Rushing Leaders
    Navy CAR YDS AVG TD LG
    Dobbs 24 107 4.5 1 22
    Teich 10 38 3.8 0 6
    San Diego State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
    Hillman 28 228 8.1 3 37
    Kazee 7 41 5.9 0 14
    Receiving Leaders
    Navy REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Jones 3 85 28.3 1 40
    Greene 1 30 30.0 0 30
    San Diego State REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Brown 8 165 20.6 1 53
    Sampson 2 45 22.5 0 30
    Scoring Summary
    FIRST QUARTER NAVY SDSU
    TD 09:06 Ronnie Hillman 22 Yd Run (Abel Perez Kick) 0 7
    TD 04:08 Vincent Brown 53 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Abel Perez Kick) 0 14
    SECOND QUARTER NAVY SDSU
    TD 14:10 Greg Jones 30 Yd Pass From Ricky Dobbs (Joe Buckley Kick) 7 14
    TD 03:15 Ronnie Hillman 37 Yd Run (Abel Perez Kick) 7 21
    TD 00:07 Ricky Dobbs 1 Yd Run (Joe Buckley Kick) 14 21
    FOURTH QUARTER NAVY SDSU
    TD 14:56 Ronnie Hillman 15 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Abel Perez Kick) 14 28
    TD 06:07 Ronnie Hillman 1 Yd Run (Abel Perez Kick) 14 35

    SAN DIEGO -- Once workers pumped away 1.5 million gallons of rainwater that had flooded Qualcomm Stadium, it was smooth sailing for freshman Ronnie Hillman and San Diego State.

    Hillman scored four touchdowns and matched his career best with 228 yards rushing on 28 carries to lead the Aztecs to their first bowl victory since 1969, 35-14 over Navy in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.

    The only thing that slowed Hillman in the slightest was a wet sock. One of his cleats came off late in the third quarter and he hopped off the field, trying to keep that foot dry.

    "My socks got wet," Hillman said. "That's not a good feeling when you've got cleats on."

    Six plays later, he pulled in a 15-yard scoring pass from Ryan Lindley after a beautifully executed fake.

    Lindley faked a handoff to Brandon Sullivan into the line, then hid the ball down by his right hip as Navy stood up the fullback at the line. Lindley hit a wide-open Hillman in the right corner of the end zone for a 28-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.

    Hillman, the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, scored on a 2-yard run midway through the period to go along with first-half scoring runs of 22 and 37 yards.

    "It was very surprising," Hillman said of his big night, the sixth time this season he gained at least 150 yards. "But the O-line, like I said, you could put a high school senior back there and he would have 1,000 yards behind this line. I can't say enough about them."

    SDSU (9-4) hadn't won a postseason game since beating Boston University in the 1969 Pasadena Bowl. The Aztecs had been in only three bowl games since, most recently the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl, which they lost to North Carolina.

    Hillman broke the previous Poinsettia Bowl record of 129 yards rushing by Navy's Adam Ballard in 2005.

    Hillman also ran for 228 yards in a loss at Missouri on Sept. 18.

    The Aztecs outrushed Navy 279-235.

    "Defense, again," Hillman said. "It was a statement. They did a great job, stopping them the whole game."

    The game was played on a slick field after all that rainwater was pumped out of Qualcomm Stadium overnight. Players went slipping and sliding all night, but organizers met their promise of kicking off on time after several days of torrential rain flooded the field and a portion of the parking lot.

    Navy (9-4) was making its third Poinsettia Bowl appearance since the game's inception in 2005.

    "They beat us pretty bad today," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I wish we could have played better."

    Hillman's 228 yards broke the school bowl record of 164 yards rushing by Marshall Faulk in the 1991 Freedom Bowl.

    "He's a great player," Lindley said of Hillman. "He's a guy blessed with a ton of ability and he uses it well. He's an awesome talent. He has great balance and speed."

    SDSU took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on Hillman's 22-yard TD run and Lindley's 53-yard TD pass to Vincent Brown.

    Navy pulled to 14-7 on Ricky Dobbs' 30-yard scoring pass to Greg Jones early in the second quarter. Hillman put the Aztecs up by two touchdowns again as he ran untouched 37 yards up the middle with 3:15 before halftime.

    Navy closed within one score on Dobbs' 1-yard keeper 7 seconds before halftime.

    SDSU held Navy on the opening drive of the second half, when Dobbs' pass went off Bo Snelson's fingertips in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 3.

    "That was huge," Niumatalolo said. "But it still would have been tough because we were having a hard time stopping those guys. That offense is a potent offense."

    Dobbs said it was "a crucial turning point, just from the standpoint of keeping everything rolling. To see the ball slip out of his hands there was a little bit demoralizing."

    Lindley completed 18 of 23 passes for 276 yards.

    Brown had eight catches for 165 yards, also a Poinsettia Bowl record. The old record was 126 yards by David Anderson of Colorado State in 2005.

    All stats and information taken from ESPN.com and the AP. They are not original works of this user.
    Last edited by FessJL0861; 12-27-2010 at 11:47 AM.
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    Please allow me to take off my impartial hat for a minute. GO NAVY!!!
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    I may watch this game just to hear the announcers spew out the seven word name of the game after each commercial break.

    Actually, considering that this game will kind of be like a home game for both teams, it should be fun to watch.

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    This should be a pretty fun bowl game, and not just for Navy and SDSU people either. This is one of the few I plan on watching.
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    Unfortunately, I'm going to have to DVR this one. But, at least I won't have to worry about any national news giving away the score.
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    I listened to this one on the radio on the way out of town, and Navy sounded like they had the SDSU defense figured out. When I lost reception on the station, Navy lost reception on the game plan...
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