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Donnel Pumphrey added 110 yards in his quest to become college football's all-time leading rusher. (Photo: USATSI)

SDSU Football Claims 21st Conference Title

Aztec Football wins Mountain West Championship after defeating Wyoming in Saturday's title game.
By GoAztecs

Rashaad Penny rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Donnel Pumphrey added 110 yards and one touchdown as San Diego State University beat Wyoming, 27-24, on Saturday for its second consecutive Mountain West Conference championship.

Penny also gained 113 yards on two kickoff returns and 13 receiving yards for a total of 243 all-purpose yards for the Aztecs (10-3).

Penny, who is Pumphrey's backup on offense, gained his rushing yards on just 16 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry.

''When you've got the best offensive line in the league, you can't thank them enough,'' Penny said. ''I love these guys. It's just an awesome feeling to get this win.''

SDSU's defense forced three Wyoming turnovers and held the Cowboys (8-5) to 2-of-14 on third down and 0-3 on fourth down. The Aztecs also recorded six sacks.

''We had tons of third downs and longs,'' Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. ''And whenever you have a third down and long and you're chasing the sticks, that's always an advantage to the defensive coach.''

Josh Allen led Wyoming with 248 yards passing and three touchdowns. But he also was picked off twice and lost a fumble.

The Takeaway

The Aztecs avenged a 34-33 regular season loss to Wyoming three weeks ago. Their win Saturday also snapped a two-game losing streak. The conference title was SDSU's third in the last five years. SDSU won its 10th game of the season and now has back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time while being a member of a conference in its Division I history since 1969.

''We have a great group of seniors,'' Aztecs coach Rocky Long said. ''They came to our program when we weren't very good and I told them we were going to be pretty good and they believed and they've worked hard this whole time and they deserve everything they get.''

Pumphrey-NCAA Rushing List

Pumphrey passed Ricky Williams for second place on the NCAA career rushing list with 6,290. He is now 108 yards from surpassing all-time rushing leader Ron Dayne, who had 6,397.