Halftime update: SDSU football leads USD 20-0

by Anthony Reclusado, Senior Staff Writer

The San Diego State Aztecs lead the University of San Diego Toreros 20-0 at halftime at Qualcomm Stadium.

SDSU’s defense quickly stole the show as junior linebacker Calvin Munson picked off Toreros redshirt-senior quarterback Trey Wheeler for a 19-yard touchdown on the second play of the game to put SDSU up 7-0.

USD’s offense would be plagued by another turnover later in the first, this one on a trick play that was picked off by junior cornerback Damontae Kazee at the Aztecs’ 9-yard line.

After a three-and-out and an interception of its own, SDSU’s offense finally came to life after Kazee’s interception, with offensive coordinator Jeff Horton leaning on his team’s strength: the ground game.

The rushing game carried the offense to a 12-play, 98-yard drive that was spearheaded by senior Chase Price and capped off by junior Donnel Pumphrey’s 5-yard touchdown scamper.

Not to be outdone, the SDSU defense would kick it up a notch in the second quarter and shut down any hope for USD to even gain an ounce of momentum. The Aztecs only allowed 25 yards and forced four turnovers.

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Kazee would again be the recipient of a USD error and came down with his second interception of the game, which also ties him for the most receptions from a Torero quarterback. Senior linebacker Jake Fely would force the fourth turnover of the half, a fumble with Munson picking it up.

The only scores for the SDSU offense in the second quarter were by the leg of junior kicker Donny Hageman: a 33-yard and a 36-yard field goal.

The USD offense’s longest drive in the first half was a meager five-play, 22-yard drive that ended in a broken pass by junior middle linebacker Randy Ricks.

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