See also: 2010 San Diego State Aztecs football team
This was San Diego State's first bowl appearance since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl. Under second year head coach Brady Hoke the Aztecs posted an 8–4 regular season record. Although this is SDSU's first appearance in the Poinsettia bowl the game will mark the second time that the Aztecs will be playing a bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium. They were defeated by Iowa in the 1986 Holiday Bowl, 39–38. The Midshipmen and the Azteks had previously played each other twice, in 1994 and 1997, with San Diego State winning both contests with scores of 56–14 and 45–31.
Following seven straight days of rain in Southern California (often referred to as a Pineapple Express), the San Diego River overflowed and the stadium and surrounding parking lot were flooded. Thanks to external pumps, the field was cleared the morning of the game.
SDSU - Ronnie Hillman 22 yard run (Abel Perez kick), 9:06
SDSU - Ryan Lindley 53 yard pass to Vincent Brown (Abel Perez kick), 4:08
NAVY - Ricky Dobbs 30 yard pass to Greg Jones (Joe Buckley kick), 14:10
SDSU - Ronnie Hillman 37 yard run (Abel Perez kick), 3:15
NAVY - Ricky Dobbs 1 yard run (Joe Buckley kick), 0:07
SDSU - Ryan Lindley 15 yard pass to Ronnie Hillman (Abel Perez kick), 14:56
SDSU - Ronnie Hillman 1 yard run (Albel Perez kick), 6:07
Total offense, plays-yards
Time of Possession
Hillman set a new bowl game record of 228 yards rushing, previously held by Navy's Adam Ballard since 2005.