In preparation for its football season opener against Air Force Sept. 2, San Diego State went through a full-contact "game" Wednesday against the scout team, which was running the Falcons' plays.
"We were ragged," Coach Al Luginbill said. "Fortunately, we don't have to play a game until a week from Saturday. Our scout team gives us a heck of a look. It's great for our defense. Our men have to get used to going against a good, solid scout team, and that has not been the history of this program."
The scout team ran Air Force's best plays with the Aztec defense in its weakest positions.
"We tried to put ourselves in vulnerable situations," said Barry Lamb, defensive coordinator. "The cards were marked a little, but better that than to make it easy."
Defensive end Steve Matuszewicz (bruised knee) and running back Kip Jeffries (sprained ankle) were injured in Wednesday's early practice. Receiver Patrick Rowe (knee) did not participate but has been practicing since Monday.
Phil Mickelson of San Diego shot a two-under-par 68 and finished a shot behind medalist Eoghan O'Connell of Ireland at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championships at Ardmore, Pa.
The field of 312 was cut to 64 for match play after 36 holes of medalist play. Mickelson, who will be a sophomore at Arizona State, finished with a 138.
Jerry Michals of Vista (161) and Mike Levy of Escondido (166) did not make the cut of 149.
Chris Riley of San Diego shot his second consecutive 77 and is 10 shots behind the co-leaders after the second round of the PGA Junior Championship at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Two Floridians--Bobby Collins of Atlantis and Briny Baird of Miami Beach--lead at par 144.
In the girls' tournament, Leta Lindley of Carlsbad was nine shots behind the leader with a two-round total of 158. Vicki Goetze of Hull, Ga., leads with a 149.
Scott Patridge of La Jolla and Kelly Jones and Todd Nelson of San Diego won first round singles matches in the qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open at New York.
Nelson upset Chris Pridham of Canada, seeded 10th, 7-6, 6-4. Kelly, seeded 16th, defeated Nevio Devide of Italy, 6-2, 6-3, and Patridge defeated Shelby Cannon of Gainesville, Fla., 6-4, 6-3.
Greg Failla of Ramona and Martin Barba of Carlsbad both lost first-round matches. Sixteen players will advance to the main draw.