San Diego St. 56, Navy 14
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Tim Gutierrez unveiled San Diego State’s no-huddle offense with a near- perfect performance, throwing for 248 yards and four touchdowns as the Aztecs routed Navy 56-14 in a season opener Saturday night.
The victory marked the debut of Ted Tollner, a former head coach at Southern California who was named SDSU’s 14th head coach in December.
Navy lost its sixth straight game dating back to last season. The Midshipmen had four straight turnovers in the first half, including three interceptions by Jim Kubiak. SDSU scored after three of the turnovers, starting drives from the Navy 28, 34 and 28.
Gutierrez completed his first 10 passes for 112 yards before tight end Zach Smith dropped a pass. Gutierrez, who left after the first drive of the second half, was 21-for-25 with no interceptions and one sack.
The controlled-passing offense features a variety of formations, including five wide receivers. SDSU was particularly effective on quick slant patterns.
But the first touchdown came on a 2-yard run by Wayne Pittman out of a full-house backfield on SDSU’s first drive.
The second came on a 70-yard punt return by Ray Peterson.
The Aztecs then raced to a 42-0 halftime lead as Gutierrez threw TD passes of 9 and 7 yards to redshirt freshman Will Blackwell, 15 yards to Peterson and 43 yards to DeAndre Maxwell on the last play of the half.
The 42-point first half was the third-highest in school history and the fourth-highest for a first or second half. The 42 points were the most allowed by Navy since the second half of a 51-32 loss to Notre Dame in 1990.
Pittman, who replaces three-time All-American running back Marshall Faulk, scored on another 2-yard run to cap SDSU’s first drive of the second half, which went 87 yards in nine plays.
The Midshipmen, meanwhile, didn’t cross midfield until 4:44 left in the third quarter. That drive was capped by Kubiak’s 15-yard scoring pass to tight end Kevin Hickman.
Kubiak threw an 8-yard TD pass to Damon Dixon with 27 seconds to play.
SDSU’s final touchdown was a 37-yard pass from Billy Blanton to Curt Collins in the fourth quarter.