BYU 28, SDSU 14

Posted: December 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

Thus, the strangest season mercifully ends. Amen.

Yes, we led at the half. Yes, we kept BYU below 30 points for only the third time in eleven games. Aztec fans discovered Greg Bell in the game is a tremendous advantage as opposed to Greg Bell standing on the sidelines. If Mr. Bell returns next year, our running game begins 2021 at a level of silly good.

Jordon Brookshire was 21/31/230 with both a td pass and interception. Yet, Mr. Brookshire does little to fill me with confidence. Throwing the ball more than twenty yards is a struggle. Carson Baker does not fill me with confidence for his confidence is sitting on a bench somewhere on El Cajon Blvd. Lucas Johnson, with his barking hamstring, is undependable for a long stretch. A harsh judgment, perhaps, but some athletes, no matter the sport, are simply injury prone, which leads to unanswered questions about availability and durability.

Kaegun Williams had his best game in an SDSU football uniform, grinding away for 95 yards on 16 carries (5.8 yards per carry. Impressive against a quality BYU defense). Tanner Kuljian’s first down scamper on a fake field goal attempt was another feather in the cap of Aztec special teams and coach Doug Deakin.

The two errors that ruined a winnable game were Mr. Brookshire throwing his only pick of the night at the BYU 20 in the first quarter after investing 12 plays for 58 yards followed by Mr. Williams fumbling the ball at the BYU 10 (double grimace) in the third quarter after 4 plays and 67 yards. Look skyward and sigh.

I find a bowl game highly unlikely, yet given the number of teams choosing to end their football exposure (wisely) in light of C-19 and our surprising run of health and luck through eight consecutive games, we may find ourselves as a replacement in, as J.D. Wicker said, a glorified road game. Regardless, 2020 deserves an asterisk, emoji, icon, meme and exclamation mark. I refuse the argument that our ten game bowl streak is in peril or at an end. Pandemic is an exception.

As we look to 2021, we need a confident, dependable, generally injury free quarterback. Greg Bell in the backfield makes a better group of running backs. If he does not return, I will need to be convinced that Chance Bell, Kaegun Williams and Jordan Byrd can/will provide an effective running game from beginning to end.

4-4/4-2.

Go, Aztecs.

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