SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Northern Arizona put up a good fight against San Diego State, but the Lumberjacks struggled to convert on third down and fell to the Aztecs 38-7 at Qualcomm Stadium.
"San Diego State is a fine football club," said head coach Jerome Souers. "I thought they came out today and executed very well. We have to work on being more consistent. I saw some positives today, but we really need to work on everything as a whole moving forward."
Missed opportunities saw NAU down 24-0 at the half against San Diego State. The Lumberjacks garnered 71 yards of offense in the first quarter, and 41 yards in the second unable to catch a steady rhythm.
The game started off slow for both teams, but then SDSU's Donne Pumphrey rushed for a one-yard touchdown with 8:03 to go in the first quarter to take an early edge.
Chase Price added to the Aztecs score total when he recorded a one-yard rushing touchdown with 1:28 to go in the first.
NAU attempted its first field goal of the game at the 14:47 mark in the second quarter, but the 45-yard attempt was blocked by SDSU's Alex Barrett.
A miscue by Kyren Poe late in the third quarter saw Calvin Munson return it for 64 yards to the NAU one yard line.
The Lumberjacks struggled on third downs going 5-for-15, and trailed the Aztecs in first downs 25 to 14. Blake Bailey led the defense with nine tackles, while Horn and Austin Hasquet tallied eight apiece.
Poe completed 15-of-28 passes for 188 yards and one interception. Jahn led all rushers with 62 yards, while Alex Holmes caught five passes for 106 yards and a long of 50; his first career 100-yard receiving game. True freshman Elijah Marks registered 103 kickoff return yards.