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Anthoney Hill ran for one touchdown and passed for one, and unbeaten Colorado State converted two turnovers into scores late in the third quarter to down San Diego State 19-17 on Saturday.

Colorado State (4-0 overall, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) posted its seventh straight victory thanks to the pair of turnovers and five sacks of San Diego State quarterback Tim Gutierrez.The Aztecs (2-2, 0-1) went ahead 10-6 midway through the third quarter on Ray Peterson's bizarre 37-yard punt return for a touchdown, but the Rams responded with 13 straight points.

Hill's 53-yard pass to Eric Olsen, who earlier in the game had dropped a sure TD pass, put the Rams in position for David Napier's 48-yard field goal.

The Rams then scored twice off turnovers in a span of 1:09. Peterson fumbled away a punt and Colorado State's Garrett Sand recovered at the 5. But the Rams had to settle for Napier's 21-yard go-ahead field goal with 3:25 left in the quarter.

On the next play from scrimmage, Sand, a junior linebacker, made a diving interception of Gutierrez's underthrown pass at the San Diego State 31. Three plays later, Hill threw a timing pass to Olsen, who went up over cornerback Eric Sutton in the end zone for a 34-yard TD play with 2:16 to go in the period.

The Aztecs' no-huddle offense, smothered by Colorado State's defense on the five previous possessions, then mounted a 96-yard, 14-play drive early in the final quarter, capped by Wayne Pittman's 13-yard, tackle-breaking run off the left side with 10:54 remaining to cut the deficit to 19-17.

On their final possession, the Aztecs reached the Colorado State 35, where Peter Holt's 52-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 4 seconds remaining.

In the first quarter, San Diego went 91 yards for a 21-yard Holt field goal and a 3-0 lead.

After a sack and penalty pinned San Diego State inside its 10 early in the second quarter, Colorado State needed to march only 52 yards for its first TD - Hill's 2-yard run. But Napier's extra-point attempt was blocked by La'Roi Glover.

Peterson, who became San Diego State's career punt-return yardage leader in the game, produced a 10-6 lead with his return early in the third period. Matt McDougal's punt was partially blocked by Freddie Edwards, and the Rams appeared to have downed the ball. But the ball squirted out as a Colorado State player slid into it and, as the Rams players eased up, Peterson scooped it up and dashed 37 yards for the score.

Air Force 47, Texas-El Paso 7

In San Antonio, Jake Campbell rushed for 109 yards and scored three touchdowns as Air Force racked up a school record 700 yards of offense and defeated Texas-El Paso.

Fullback Nakia Addison added 105 yards on nine carries and backup quarterback Beau Morgan had 95 yards on 10 carries as Air Force (1-3, 1-2 Western Athletic Conference) rushed for 481 yards.

The game was played before 22,889 at the Alamodome. UTEP, the home team, decided to move the sight from El Paso.

Air Force's 700 yards breaks the school record of 654 yards, set in a 75-7 victory over Northern Colorado in 1984. It was Air Force's first victory away from Falcon Stadium since a 7-3 win at Army on Nov. 7, 1992.

UTEP (1-3, 0-2) took a 7-3 lead on Shawn Gray's 2-yard run in the first quarter before the Falcons scored 44 straight points.

The rout began when Morgan, who relieved starter Preston McConnell on Air Force's fourth series, faked a handoff then raced 62 yards for a score.

Campbell then scored on a 6-yard run, and Randy Roberts' second field goal put the Falcons up 20-7 at halftime. Campbell added second-half scoring runs of 1 and 74 yards.

UTEP gained 246 yards as Gray completed 12-of-28 passes for 139 yards. He threw two interceptions.

In other WAC action Saturday, BYU edged New Mexico, 49-47, and Utah trounced Wyoming, 41-7.

Fresno took on Hawaii in a late game on the islands.


Additional Information

WAC Standings

Conf. Overall

Team W L T W L T

Colorado St. 3 0 0 4 0 0

Utah 1 0 0 4 0 0

BYU 3 1 0 3 1 0

Wyoming 1 1 0 2 2 0

Air Force 1 2 0 1 3 0

Fresno St. 0 0 0 2 2 0

Hawaii 0 1 0 2 1 0

San Diego St. 0 1 0 2 2 0

New Mexico 0 1 0 0 4 0

UTEP 0 2 0 1 3 0

Saturday's games

BYU 49, New Mexico 47

Utah 41, Wyoming 7

Colorado St. 19, San Diego St. 17

Air Force 47, UTEP 7

Fresno State at Hawaii, late