Gavin leads South Alabama past No. 19 San Diego State
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Cole Garvin threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns and South Alabama beat No. 19 San Diego State 42-24 on Saturday night.
Garvin, a sophomore starting in place of injured Dallas Davis, threw touchdown passes of 37 yards to Kevin Kutchera, 79 yards to tight end Gerald Everett, and 6 yards to Josh McGee.
The win upstaged the Aztecs' Donnel Pumphrey, who went over 5,000 yards rushing for his career. The senior had 25 times for 156 yards and a touchdown.
It was a back and forth for most of the game, with the teams trading scores into the fourth quarter.
But after South Alabama (3-2) took a 28-24 lead on Garvin's strike to McGee in the left corner of the end zone with 11:58 left, a bad punt snap on the Aztecs next possession set South Alabama up at the San Diego State 3 and Dami Ayola took it in from there for a 35-24 bulge.
It got worse for the Aztecs (3-1) on the ensuing drive when South Alabama's Devon Earl returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown to seal it with 4:17 to go.
South Alabama's other score came on Tyreis Thomas' pinballing 12-yard run. On Everett's TD, he outraced the secondary the final 45 yards down the left sideline to the end zone.
San Diego State scored on Rashaad Penny's 15-yard run, Pumphrey's 7-yarder, John Baron II's field goal, a short TD pass from Christian Chapman to Kahale Warring, and a 2-point conversion throw to David Wells.
SAN DIEGO STATE: Hosts UNLV next week.
SOUTH ALABAMA: Off next week.
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