San Diego State Aztecs Lose Heartbreaker against Utah Utes

Dallas Davis@SpreadANDTotalCorrespondent INovember 21, 2010

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Wide receiver DeMarco Sampson #1 of the San Diego State Aztecs makes a catch over cornerback Brandon Burton #27 of the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Utah won 38-34.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The San Diego State Aztecs let a potential win slip away against the Utah Utes, losing 38-34 in a contest marked by deep bombs, tipped touchdowns and uncharacteristically wet conditions in San Diego.

Jordan Wynn, an Oceanside native and starting Utah QB, was able to rally his team to victory, capped by a fourth down touchdown run from the one-yard line.

SDSU quarterback Ryan Lindley threw for 528 yards and four touchdowns, but also added three crucial interceptions.

Wide receivers Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson accumulated a combined 20 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Ronnie Hillman was only able to come up with 54 yards on 14 carries. He did have a touchdown, however.

San Diego State has now lost by a combined nine points to two ranked teams. Two weeks ago it was TCU, and now it's Utah.

The Aztecs still remain bowl eligible, which is remarkable considering the recent plight of the Aztecs over the years. Brady Hoke will no doubt win the Mountain West Conference comeback coach of the year.

The Aztecs cap the season by hosting UNLV next Saturday. 

Had San Diego State been victorious, it would have finally broken into the BCS Top 25. The Aztecs have been on the outside looking in with two consecutive losses.

As projected now, the Aztecs will either play in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl against Western Michigan or take on Navy in the San Diego County Credit Union Bowl.

I will have updates as soon as the bowl selections become apparent, but it's a guarantee the Aztecs are bowl bound.

Ronnie Hillman will be a back to watch next year, especially with the addition of Boise State in the Mountain West. The Aztecs will get a chance to play them next year, but where the game will be played hasn't been announced as of yet.