Recap: San Diego St vs. Idaho
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Quinn Kaehler threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead the San Diego State Aztecs to a 35-21 victory over the Idaho Vandals in a non-conference matchup at Qualcomm Stadium.
Kaehler completed 14-of-22 passes and went without an interception for SDSU (5-4), which has won three of four. Donnel Pumphrey turned 26 carries into 142 yards and a touchdown, while Eric Judge (107 yards, TDs) and Ezell Ruffin (86 yards, two TDs) had four receptions apiece.
For Idaho (1-8), Chad Chalich completed just half his passes (11-of-22) for 145 yards and a touchdown, although he added solid rushing numbers (67 yards, TD). Elijhaa Penn rushed for 90 yards and a score, and Joshua McCain caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
SDSU scored on the game's first drive, with Kaehler hooking up with Ruffin for a 24-yard touchdown.
At the 5:00 mark of the first quarter, Idaho knotted things up on a 2-yard touchdown run by Penny, but the Aztecs went back ahead later in the frame on a 5-yard scoring rush by Pumphrey.
The Vandals tied things again at 14-14 early in the second quarter following a 13-yard touchdown run by Chalich.
With just under 10 minutes to play in the third, SDSU took a 21-14 lead after Kaehler tossed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Judge. Six minutes later the Aztecs extended their lead to two scores following a 5-yard touchdown run by Chase Price.
Idaho halted the Aztecs' run at the end of the third quarter on a 51-yard scoring strike from Chalich to McCain.
Kaehler hooked up with Ruffin again with 5:32 to play in the game, this time from 28 yards away, as SDSU went ahead by the final score of 35-21.
SDSU committed just three penalties and converted 9-of-14 third downs.Game Notes