Aztecs spoil Navy's play for second-straight 10-win season


Ricky Dobbs runs through San Diego State defenders on a 22-yard gain during the first half of the Poinsettia Bowl. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The brilliant careers of Ricky Dobbs and the rest of the Navy seniors ended with a 35-14 loss to San Diego State on Thursday night in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Aztecs offense had too much firepower for Navy’s defense, finishing with 555 total yards. Freshman running back Ronnie Hillman led San Diego State’s attack, rushing for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Hillman also caught a touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which was effectively the back-breaker for Navy.

Aztec junior quarterback Ryan Lindley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

For Navy, Dobbs has a typically strong game leading the option attack, grinding out 108 yards and running for one touchdown and throwing for another. On defense, however, Navy could not get pressure on Lindley and forced no turnovers. Aztec wide receiver Vincent Brown scorched the Mid secondary in the first half and finished with 165 receiving yards — 143 of which came in the first quarter.

Navy finishes the season 9-4, highlighted by wins over Notre Dame and rival Army. This was Navy’s eighth-straight appearance in a bowl game, a program record.

See more pictures of the game after the jump…

Navy's Billy Yarborough, right, and Trey Grissom carry flags as they lead the Midshipmen onto the Qualcomm Stadium field for the Poinsettia Bowl. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Navy's Greg Jones manages to pull in a 40-yard reception in the 2nd quarter despite being interfered with by San Diego State's Josh Wade. No flag was thrown on the play. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Navy's Greg Jones, front left, is mobbed by teammates Ryan Basford, right, and Josh Cabral, center, after making a 30-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


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