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Aztecs Have Flashbacks of 2017, Beat The Air Force 21-17

Back to back years with a lightning delay between the two teams.

October 12, 2018 - 11:19 pm

It was a cloudy, cold night, in San Diego when the Air Force Falcons came to town to take on the Aztecs. In last year's edition, there was a crazy monsoon that hit Colorado Springs and lightning delayed the game for more than 90 minutes. The Aztecs ended up winning a close game 28-24 in a stadium that had no more than a hundred people in attendance. 

I learned a lot about weather delays in college football that day. If lightning is detected within 8 miles, the game automatically goes into a 30 minute delay. Every time lightning strikes, the clock starts over.

Thankfully, that could never happen in San Diego. Right?? Wrong! 

I don’t know what it is about the Air Force and Aztecs, but a lightning delay happened again! This time the delay was only an hour and five minutes. But the finish of the game once again would be played in front of no one, and you could hear people breathing on the field. 

Prior to the delay that took place, the Aztecs were struggling with that triple option. The Air Force was running all over the Aztecs defense, and the Aztecs offense was shooting themselves in the foot. 

Ryan Agnew had a touchdown pass taken away, after Fred Trevillion had it go in and out of his hands in the end zone. Agnew, was somewhat ineffective prior to the delay, struggling to find a rhythm. 

Rocky Long said coming into the week that turnovers are key to facing a triple option team. Well, the special teams count just as much and they were able to get the turnover party started with a much-needed touchdown before the half.

Fast forward to after the delay.The Air Force took the lead in the 4th quarter and looked primed to get the upset and snap a 7 straight game losing streak to the Aztecs.

This was a perfect time for Ryan Agnew to show he could win a game. And that’s exactly what he did. Agnew took over and led the offense down the field for a 9 play 95 yard drive. He showed his speed by scrambling for a long run, and then converted on third down with a really good throw when his team needed it the most. 

The Aztecs took the lead and never looked back. Keeping in the theme of last year, the score ended up being a difference of 4 points. Aztecs win 21-17 and move to 5-1 on the year. 

They’ll have an extra day of rest before taking on San José State at SDCCU Stadium October 20th.