SAN DIEGO (AP) The Air Force Falcons fell to the San Diego State Aztecs, 27-24, in the Mountain West Conference championship, as Donny Hageman kicked a 46-yard field goal with 5:10 to go to secure the win. The victory marks the Aztecs' first outright title since 1986.
SDSU took a 24-17 lead after touchdown runs of 1 yard by fullback Dakota Gordon and 28 yards by Rashaad Penny.
Air Force (8-5) then tied it on Timothy McVey's third touchdown, a 2-yard run on fourth down with 11:49 to go.
Christian Chapman threw a 48-yard pass to Micah Holder to the Air Force 25, but a 6-yard loss and a holding penalty moved the ball back, forcing the Aztecs to settle for Hageman's go-ahead kick.
Air Force had two more possessions, but neither was successful. It punted with 3:35 left, and the game ended on Karson Roberts' desperation pass.
The Falcons could be headed for the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth on Dec. 29.
In the loss, Air Force capitalized on a pair of Aztecs mistakes.
Early on, SDSU forced the Falcons to punt, only to see Holder have the ball bounce off his chest. Air Force recovered at the 10, and McVey scored on an 8-yard run two plays later for a 7-0 lead.
Air Force went ahead 17-10 on a 3-yard run by McVey midway through the third quarter. It was set up by a crazy play, when Air Force's Jacobi Owens fumbled at the Falcons' 40 and the ball was knocked forward several yards. Two Aztecs had a chance to recover, but Air Force's Garrett Griffin jumped on it at the SDSU 28. McVey scored six plays later.
Owens ran 17 times for 156 yards. McVey had nine carries for 48 yards.
Chapman, a redshirt freshman, threw for 203 yards and one touchdown in his first start for the Aztecs (10-3), who won their ninth straight game. This is their first outright title since winning the Western Athletic Conference crown in 1986. They shared the 2012 MWC championship with Boise State and Fresno State.