Aztecs 26, Rebels 7

Posted: October 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

Back on track.  Mostly.  Am I about to complain?  Mildly.  How and why the Aztec offense did not put the ball in the end zone at least twice more (I’m not greedy) was of concern.  I found concerning for the long-term our inability to score only three offensive touchdowns against UNLV.  Sure, the Rebels are much improved, but I don’t find their defense to be anything more than average . . . at best.  Given the fact we had the ball for 16+ minutes more than the Rebels is another bit of proof we were a no-show in the end zone.  We should (a dangerous word) have scored more and often.

Hats off to John Baron.  Who follows a 48 yard make with a 50 yard make?  John Baron, thank you very much.  Nice leg.

The SDSU defense was superb.  Consider the following:  UNLV finds only 9 first downs (1 of the 9 was due to an Aztec penalty) to couple with 9 total passing yards.  I believe one leads to the other.  The Rebels ran for 113 yards.   And now for the total yardage, 113, add 9 carry the one, 122 yards of total offense.  Absolutely dominating.

Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny were a dynamic one-two punch.  251 yards between two running backs, both 100+ is testament to talent and great blocking from the offensive line and receivers.  Christian Chapman bounced back nicely from his less than stellar result against South Alabama.  15/20 with no interceptions and one touchdown is solid play.

How about 33,296 fans in attendance?  Not bad.  And a decent dose of that number was in the student section.  Our home attendance total is in the vicinity of 115,000 after three games.  Healthy.  Dare we eclipse 35,000 for a MWC game later this year?  The heights are dizzying.

4-1/1-0.

 

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