SDSU Beats Stanford 20-17 in Last-Minute, Come-from-Behind Victory

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David Wells, number 88, after the winning touchdown. Image from SDSU video

San Diego State University beat nationally ranked Stanford University 20-17 on Saturday night with just 54 seconds remaining on the clock.

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Quarterback Christian Chapman, a junior from Carlsbad, connected with tight end David Wells on an 8-yard touchdown pass for the come-from-behind victory in front of 43,000 fans at the former Qualcomm Stadium.

“We beat a top-20 team. It was at home…You know what, going to keep getting better from here,” said Wells, a senior from Clovis, after the game.

It was the Aztecs’ first win over a nationally ranked opponent at home since a 27-25 triumph over No. 23 Air Force in 2010.

“This is a really good football team,” said Stanford coach Davis Shaw. “I didn’t do a good job of getting us ready to play a very good, very physical football team that not only runs the ball but has a quarterback that can get out of the pocket and do a bunch of different things.”

Head Coach Rocky Long and the SDSU team is now looking to the first game in its own conference, against Air Force next Saturday in Colorado Springs.

“That was a big-time win,” said Long after the Stanford game. “But we got a whole bunch more football to play. Our number one goal is to win the conference championship.”

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