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Aztecs Edge Cardinal Love gains 184 yards on 13 carries

Posted September 17, 2017 by in

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Christian Chapman threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Wells with 54 seconds left, capping a wild ending sparked by a darkness delay in San Diego State’s 20-17 victory over No. 19 Stanford on Saturday night.

Six plays before Wells’ score, the game was delayed nearly 25 minutes when most of the lights went out at 50-year-old San Diego Stadium.

The game resumed with the Aztecs on the Stanford 42, and San Diego State quickly moved in for the score. On the winner, Chapman rolled right and found Wells, who slammed into Brandon Simmons and tumbled into the end zone.

Stanford coach David Shaw said he didn’t think the delay affected Stanford’s defense.

“If anything, San Diego State had the momentum,” he said. “They’d just gotten an explosive play, they got a big play before the lights went out.”

He said the officials did a good job of keeping the teams informed of what was going on, and that “our guys were ready to go.”

Kameron Kelly intercepted Keller Chryst on the first play of the ensuing Stanford possession.

The comeback by San Diego State (3-0) overshadowed a huge night by Stanford’s Bryce Love. He gained 184 yards on just 13 carries, including touchdown runs of 53 and 51 yards, plus a 47-yarder that set up a field goal.

Aztecs running back Rashaad Penny, the national rushing leader, had 175 yards on 32 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run.

Love’s 53-yard scoring run came on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving Stanford a 17-13 lead.

Stanford fell to 1-2.

After an early defensive struggle, Stanford broke through first when Love ran 51 yards for a touchdown early in the second half for a 7-3 lead.

San Diego State gained momentum with two big stops just before halftime.

Ron Smith intercepted Chryst and returned it to the 15. Penny scored three plays later for a 10-7 lead.

Stanford drove to the San Diego State 25 before Chryst lost the ball on a strip sack by Kelly, with Damon Moore recovering with 17 seconds left in the half.

The Cardinal returns to Pac-12 action when it hosts UCLA on Saturday night.

— #GoStanford —

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