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San Diego State jumps Cincinnati from opening kickoff

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San Diego State didn’t wait very long to establish how the Hawaii Bowl was going to go.

Rashaad Penny went 100 yards with the opening kickoff and the Aztecs never looked back in a 42-7 victory over Cincinnati. San Diego State had a 42-0 lead before the Bearcats  finally scored.

The Aztecs lost three games in a row early in the season, but they haven’t lost since on their way to an 11-3 record under coach Rocky Long.

Donnel Pomphrey rushed for 99 yards to lead San Diego State. Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore – starting for Gunner Keil, threw for 202 yards, but he was picked off three times, including one that Alex Barrett picked off and returned 43 yards for a score.

Cincinnati finished the season 7-6.

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