San Diego St. cruises past NAU

NAU quarterback Kyren Poe looks for an open receiver Saturday against San Diego State in the season opener in San Diego.

Don Boomer

SAN DIEGO — Donnel Pumphrey rushed 19 times for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns as San Diego State had little trouble with Northern Arizona, blowing the Lumberjacks away 38-7 on Saturday.

Each of Pumphrey’s touchdowns came from 1 yard out. Quinn Kaehler added an 18 of 29 performance through the air for 205 yards and a touchdown, extending his streak of 200 yard passing games to 13.

The Aztecs scored the first 24 points of the game, pitching a shutout until well until the third quarter, before a Casey Jahn 1 yard run finally put the Lumberjacks on the board with 6:36 left in the period.

"San Diego State is a fine football club," NAU oach Jerome Souers said. "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 meeting was just third time the Aztecs and Lumberjacks have ever met, and the first since 1966. San Diego State also won the first two meetings.