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2-point gamble, late TD help Army beat San Diego State 42-35 – The Denver Post

FORT WORTH, Texas — Army coach Jeff Monken was able to joke afterward.

“We had ’em all the way,” Monken deadpanned.

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Ahmad Bradshaw #17 of the Army Black Knights carries the ball against Noble Hall #95 of the San Diego State Aztecs in the first half of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH, TX – DECEMBER 23: Ahmad Bradshaw #17 of the Army Black Knights carries the ball against Noble Hall #95 of the San Diego State Aztecs in the first half of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

It wasn’t quite that easy for the Black Knights.

Darnell Woolfolk scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left, Kell Walker converted a go-ahead 2-point run and Army added a last-play defensive touchdown for a 42-35 victory over San Diego State on Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl.

After Rashaad Penny’s fourth touchdown run of the game gave San Diego State (10-3) a 35-28 lead with 5:47 to play, Army (10-3) drove 72 yards for the tying score and winning conversion.

“It was tough, but we were confident we’d move the ball,” Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw said.

On the Aztecs’ final play, they made multiple laterals from their 40. The final lateral was grabbed by Army’s Elijah Riley, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

The Black Knights tied a school record for wins set by the 1996 team.

Penny ran for 221 yards, his fifth straight game of at least 200 yards. His scores came on runs of 81, on his first carry, 31, 49 and 4 yards.

Juwan Washington added the Aztecs’ other touchdown on a 78-yard kickoff return in the first half’s closing seconds.

“Obviously, Rashaad and Juwan had a great night,” Aztecs coach Rocky Long said. “Our defense played really, really poorly. And that’s coaching. So, that’s my fault.”

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