Dingwell, gutsy play call creates OT upset

San Diego State (5-3, 3-1 MW) defeated Nevada (6-2, 3-1 MW) 39-38 in overtime on Saturday night.

RENO, Nev. - It was in overtime that San Diego State (5-3, 3-1 MW) head coach Rocky Long called timeout after backup quarterback Adam Dingwell hit Gavin Escobar for a 21-yard touchdown. The Aztecs just needed an extra point to head to double OT.

Instead the second year head coach left the offense on the field as Dingwell found blocking tight end Adam Roberts wide open in the end zone to complete a two-point conversion defeating Nevada (6-2, 3-1 MW) 39-38 on Saturday night.

It was in the first quarter that SDSU starting quarterback Ryan Katz suffered an ankle injury when a Wolf Pack defensive lineman rolled up on his ankle during a tackle. It was after the game that Long announced that Katz fractured his ankle, most likely sidelining him for the rest of the season.

In Katz's absence Dingwell, on his 21st birthday, completed 14-of-23 passes for 177 yards with 3 touchdown passes. He led multiple drives in the second half to keep the game within striking distance. It was with 50 seconds left in regulation and zero timeouts on the Aztecs own 20 that the backup signal caller led SDSU down the field for a game tying 35-yard field goal, erasing a 10-point 4th quarter deficit.

It was the first time San Diego State rallied from a 10 or more point deficit in the fourth quarter to win since 1991.

Kicker Chance Marden hit on all three field goal attempts on the night. He began the season missing his first three attempts but has made seven since.

In the back and forth offensive second half it was a team effort from the Aztecs. Tight end Escobar stepped up with 5 receptions for 39 yards including a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Dominque Sandifer finished with 5 catches for 60 yards plus a score.

The running game for either team was stagnant due to the stout run defenses.

Aztec running backs Adam Muema and Walter Kazee combined for 105 yards on 28 carries.

Nevada running Stefphon Jefferson, leading rusher in the nation, eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the night with 108 yards but it took 32 carries to do so.

Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo led an unstoppable second half offense except for the first and final drive of the half. He was 29-for-40 for 304 yards including 3 touchdowns; gained 66 yards on the ground.

Fajardo did his damage through a pair of wide outs and his massive tight end.Brandon Wimberly reeled in 10 balls for 132 yards including a pair of TD's. Aaron Bradley had 6 catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The victory puts the Aztecs in a tie for second place in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU will host UNLV at Qualcomm Stadium next Saturday.

Finishing Notes

-Nat Berhe had a career-high 15 tackles.

-Tony Bell logged the first playing time of his career.

-The Aztecs won their fourth consecutive overtime game and improved to 4-1 all-time in overtime games. Their last overtime game was Oct. 24, 1998.

-Jake Fely and Eric Pinkins each had 9 tackles.


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