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SDSU 13, BYU 3

Posted: December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

Thank goodness.

Beating the Cougars is always sweet.  Always the best medicine.  Coming into the game at 8-3/5-3 and in bad need of a shower and shave, the Aztecs came through.

For the twelfth time this year, the Aztec defense wins the game.  Tariq Thompson was the  man among men.  One pick, one sack and one fumble recovery (yes, I’m separating the sack and fumble recovery into two occurrences).  Combine Mr. Thompson’s sack (10 yard loss) with Troy Cassidy’s sack for a total of a quarter of the football field in lost yardage for the guys from Utah.  The Cougar qb had a line of 32/54/2 for 338 yards.  All for 3 lousy points.  Their offense was on the field for 81 plays.  3 points.

Carson Baker, playing for the injured Ryan Agnew, posted an impressive first effort of 19/25 for 172 yards and zero interceptions.  Heady play for a redshirt freshman in his first performance as a college football quarterback.  Plus, Mr. Baker puts zip on the ball.  Just ask the 10 different Aztecs who caught at least one of his passes.

The 2019 “running game” is finally closing.  A bad Broadway play with seven customers in the stands with rotten tomatoes in hand.  97 poor yards.  Mostly to no real effect.  Between this game and the Hawai’i game, the SDSU running backs and o-line totaled 186 yards.  The Aztec running game used to generate 186 yards in the first half . . . of a single game.  Oh, yesteryear.

And, yeah, the punting guy, Heicklen was again on fire:  7 punts for 46 yards on average, 4 of which were inside the 20.  Yawn.

Await the bowl designation with glee.

9-3 (which is so much better than 8-4)/5-3.

Go, Aztecs.

 

 

Hawai’i 14, Aztecs 11

Posted: December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

How many division one football teams complete 25 passes to 11 different receivers and do NOT score a touchdown?

SDSU.

How many division one football teams allow 347 yards in total offense resulting in only 14 points . . . and lose?

SDSU.

The running game continues on football life support.  We are past the point of more oxygen.

The Aztec defense continues a marvelous year.  Staggering results in keeping opponents out of the end zone the entire year.  Brandon Heicklen is the best punter in the MWC by far.

Good bye to the West division title.  Good bye to playing Boise State in the MWC championship game.

8-3/5-3.

Go, Aztecs.

SDSU 17, Fresno State 7

Posted: November 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

323 yards in the air cures a lot of concern.  Ryan Agnew had his best day ever as a college quarterback.  Only one interception from 47 attempts.  Not bad.  Jesse Matthews, who looks to be the age of sixteen, had his breakout game with 8 catches for 119 yards.  Elijah Kothe impressed with 3 catches for 45 including serious yards after he caught the ball.

84 offensive plays kept the Bulldog defense on the field far too long.  36:05 of ball possession registered 425 yards of total offense.  Converting 9 of 17 third downs was a pretty sight.  Sure, the Aztec run game continues to look weak (102 total yards and 2.8 yards per carry is unimpressive).   However, Chance Bell strikes me as the most likely candidate to run the football north and south for the remainder of the season.  Mr. Bell has a fire to him that his fellow running backs lack.

Once again, the SDSU defense was incredible.  Holding a team that averages 34 points to 7 points accompanied with only 206 yards of total offense is bright, beautiful and bold.  The Bulldog offense converted only 3 third downs.  3 interceptions was icing on the tackling cake.  The Aztec defensive backs were knocking away Fresno State passes the entire night.  Pesky football.  Stay on the ground.  Praise Rocky and the Aztec defensive coaching staff.

8-2/5-2.

Go, Aztecs.

 

Nevada 17, SDSU 13

Posted: November 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Taking a week off is bad voodoo for a team that cannot score points.  Bad becomes worse.  Unattractive becomes butt ugly.

Boo.

The Aztec offense cannot score points.  Granted, 309 total yards is a snore fest, but compared to Nevada’s 226 total yards, this game should have been an old fashioned ass kicking rather than I-can’t-believe-we-lost-to-these-guys loss.

How many d-1 teams lose when they give up 17 points?  We do.  How about allowing the Wolfpack 29 total rushing yards (1.0 per carry)?  We lose.  They were 2/12 on third downs.  They had 12 first downs the entire game.  Yet, we lose.

Our offense is awful.  Our running game was elsewhere.  Perhaps face down in Mission Beach.  10 Aztecs had at least one catch.  Nobody scored.  Ryan Agnew was 18/35/196, which equates to not quite 11 yards per catch.  Barely a first down.  At this point, I’m advocating for the appearance of Carson Baker.  He cannot be more ineffective than Mr. Agnew.  Hell, I can’t be more ineffective than Mr. Agnew.

And now for the stupidity.  Trenton Thompson is tossed in the second quarter for targeting.  Great.  Our collective inability to control our emotion results in 9 flags for 79 backward yards.  Lovely.

Without Matt Araiza and Brandon Heicklen, we have zero impact for the entire game.

All I can say is, find the end zone.  Dare to cross the goal line with football in hand.  Amazing results will follow.

7-2/4-2.

Go, Aztecs.

 

SDSU 20, UNLV 17

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

Luck does not begin to describe what happened.  The game was screaming overtime as the Aztecs stumbled through the fourth quarter.  The UNLV kicker bonks a gimme that would have tied the game.  Whew.

Our offense is anemic, sickly and without effect.  13 points scored the entire game.  If Tariq Thompson does not block the UNLV punt in the end zone, we lose.  Boo.  Ryan Agnew’s line of 14/23/185 had all the impact of a fart on the beach.  Strangely, Juwan Washington, Kaegun Williams and Chase Jasmin all averaged at least 5 yards per carry.  But, much like a fart on the beach . . .

Brandon Heicklen was, again, masterful.  6 punts averaged 43.7 yards.  4 of the 6 were inside the 20.  3 of those were downed at the 10 (twice) and 6.  Perhaps I have stumbled across our offensive strategy:  Run time off the clock, nail a good punt and assume the Aztec defense keeps the opponent out of the end zone.

Is Jeff Horton the reason why we don’t score?  Is the offensive line the reason?  How about one dumb ass penalty after another during what should have been a drive into the end zone?  You tell me.  The defense cannot continue this season of magic without contribution from the offense.  Winning by 7 or less will run out of gas unless the Aztec offense can put points on the board each and every quarter.  7 here, 10 there, 13 to surprise, another 7 just for fun.  A guy can dream, can’t he?

7-1/4-1 with an AP rating of 25.

Go, Aztecs.

 

 

SDSU 27, SJSU 17

Posted: October 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Kaegun Williams returning the opening kick off for a touchdown was a nice start.  Been awhile.  A few cuts here and there, and, as Uncle Teddy exclaimed in the radio booth, “He’s gone!”  Amen.

The running game returned.  Or at least flashed life now and then.  Juwan Washington averaged 4.7 per carry, Chase Jasmin 11.7 (sure, the 50 yard run is the definition of inflated stats) and Chance Bell 5.6.  Game’s end the Aztec running game left with 260 yards.  As a point of proof, ten (!) running plays highlighted the drive that put Juwan Washington in the end zone for a 20-10 lead in the third quarter.  Not bad.

Ryan Agnew was serviceable:  13/20 without a td or interception.  All for 88 yards, though.  Not exactly stretching the defense.

The pisser was our insistence on shooting ourselves in the foot, hand and butt the entire night via dumb ass penalties.  The grand total was 12 flags for 85 yards, thus negating Mr. Agnew’s completed tosses.  The false starts and unsportsman like conduct calls must end.  Pay attention to the snap count and don’t take out your bad day on the opposition.  Thank you.

Brandon Heicklen was his usual stud self.  Just another night at the office featuring 5 punts for an average of 45.8 yards.  His two fourth quarter punts rolled to the Spartan 1 yard line.  Touche!

The Aztec offense posted the strange stat of 40:22 with the ball, yet scored only 27 points. I wonder if a 35+ point game is within our reach or are we cursed with sub 30 point games?  Do tell.

Oh, yeah.  The Aztec defense was brilliant, yet again.  Yawn.  The Spartan offense checked out with only 272 yards of offense.  Their much ballyhooed passing game was snuffed at 218 total yards.  2 of their 15 first downs were via Aztec penalties.

6-1/3-1.  Pick a bowl, any bowl.

Go, Aztecs.

 

SDSU 26, Wyoming 22

Posted: October 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

This group drives me crazy.  Let’s wait until the second half to play offensive football.  Why score touchdowns during the first half?  Who cares?  Matt Araiza can hit a couple of field goals.  We hang around.  Chat on the sidelines.  Who is doing what on Sunday?  Half time hits, then we decide to score touchdowns (and Mr. Araiza actually missed a field goal attempt).  If we can score 20 points in the second half, couldn’t we score 20 points in the first half?

Ryan Agnew threw the ball 32 times.  Wow.  Shades of Ryan Lindley.  21 completions for barely 200 yards (209).  Yes, I’m complaining about the lack of verticalness via the passing game.  Frankly, the Aztec running game wasn’t much better.  Juwan Washington on the field makes a big difference, but by no means have we established a buffo running game during the first six games of the season.  However, I must admit that the shot gun/spread is generating just enough offense to color the Aztecs as a balanced offensive football team.  A little of this.  A little of that.  We win.  By the way, Issac Lessard caught a pass.  Fullback production on the comeback trail?

Luq Barcoo’s pick with 49 seconds remaining sealed the win.  If Wyoming completes that pass . . .  oy vey.  We probably lose.  Which is indicative of a competitive game.  Keeping Wyoming to 266 total yards is just another day for the Aztec defense.  Pulling out the win against a good Cowboy squad is proof that SDSU is on a collision course with Hawaii and Fresno State to win the West.

Brandon Heicklen had a great game.  4 boots averaged 49 yards.  Thank you.

Finally, a tip of the hat to the loud crowd at SDCC stadium.  Enthusiasm plus.

5-1/2-1.

Go, Aztecs.

 

 

Aztecs 24, Rams 10

Posted: October 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

31-10 with a bit more effort in the final minute.  But, why complain?

Ryan Agnew was a model of passing proficiency:  16/20 with 3 touchdowns and zero picks.  Not bad, yet somehow more is needed.  Why Jeff Horton leaned to any attempt to balance the pass with the non-effective run was a head scratcher.  The running game took a step backwards.  Between Juwan Washington, Chance Bell, Chase Jasmin and Jordan Byrd, the Aztecs tallied a sad 120 yards.  Boo.  The offensive line’s inability to push back the CSU d-line was the equivalent of slap and yell.  I expect the call of “Back up, you brute” to be quickly adopted as strategy.  Note; our horizontal to the line of scrimmage plays are as effective as no waves at the beach.  Please stop.  Vertical is the preferred method.  You know, north and south.

Juwan Washington, ankle sprain or no, brings spark and speed sorely needed, yet he too could use a bit more help from the front five.

Kobe Smith was the game.  7/101 and 2 of Mr. Agnew’s 3 touchdowns deserves a trip to Hodad’s.  Well done.  The burger as well.

The defense was, once again, superb.  I lost track of how many 3-0 the CSU offense was handed.  Luq Barcoo’s 3 consecutive interceptions is the stuff of lore and legend.  Silly good.  The Aztec defense had 4 sacks and 41 yards in tackles for loss.  The goal line stand at the end of the second quarter was testament to why practice makes perfect.  Also, limiting the Rams to 3/14 on third downs was the proverbial cherry on top of a fine night.  By the way, when was the last time a MWC team averaged 0.7 yards per rush?

4-1/1-1.

Go, Aztecs.

Utah State 23, SDSU 17

Posted: September 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Meh or coulda, shoulda, woulda.

Choose one of the above.

The Aztec defense allowed one (1) Aggie offensive touchdown.  If we subtract the Aggie defensive touchdown (a bouncing ball interception), we win, 17-16.  We were in the game  until the end.  So much for the good news.

Utah State’s linebackers and secondary made plays.  What seemed to be a 5 yard plus run for Chance Bell, Jordan Byrd and/or Chase Jasmin crumbled to a 2 yard gain the entire night.  Rare was the run forward that eluded the Aggie defense.

Ryan Agnew’s propensity to scramble bit him last night.  Especially the final play during which he almost stumbled into the end zone for a safety.  Mr. Agnew lost 60 (!) yards all by his lonesome due to his ineffective scrambles, zig-zags and running sideways.  This behavior must be modified.  He must be frustrating to watch in a buffet line.  Yet, on his behalf, he threw for 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter that kept SDSU’s chances alive.

The penalty bug returned as SDSU received 7 flags for 61 yards.  That and a grand total of 83 yards lost is a quarter plus worth of offensive yardage.

A week off after 4 games is well received.  Heal, rest and have a long chat with Mr. Agnew about throwing the football forward rather than running with the football in the wrong direction.

I choose meh.

3-1/0-1.

Go, Aztecs.

 

When I bitch and moan during a 31 – 10 win, my Aztec football life is a tad too good.  Yet, I bitched and moaned during our prolonged penalty party (Dominic Gudino called for holding twice?  C’mon, Dom) that stalled a second quarter drive into a Matt Araiza field goal rather than a touchdown.  My burden is great.

Speaking of Mr. Araiza, six kick offs equaled six touchbacks.  Not bad.  I want to witness the spectacle of the SDSU kick off team veering immediately to the sidelines after one of Mr. Araiza’s kicks.  Who needs coverage when a touchback is guaranteed?  All that sprinting for nothing.

The running game returned with a flourish.  Does this imply our o-line is becoming more effective?  I choose yes.  Jordan Byrd seems to be the heir apparent.  22/134 and 2 touchdowns speaks well.  Chance Bell made the best of his playing time with a line of 17/121 and 1 touchdown.  Ryan Agnew was a passing qb during the first half, then morphed into last year’s version of Captain Handoff during the second half.  I believe I’m bitching and moaning, again.  However, Mr. Agnew was without an interception and did throw for a touchdown to Daniel Bellinger.  Mr. Agnew did not suffer a sack courtesy of the Aztec o-line.

The Aztec defense was sack city against the Aggies.  6 tosses to the ground were suffered by the NMSU qb.  Many bruises.  Keshawn Banks led the way with 2 and enjoyed the company of Cameron Thomas (1.5), Myles Cheatum (1.5) and Andrew Aleki (1).  The Aztec defense created a total of 46 lost yards on behalf of the Aggie offense.  A whole lot of backwards goes a long way.  The Aztec rush defense allowed 30 yards the entire game.  The pass defense, not so much.  299 yards was far too much to a team that specializes in short slant routes.  I find inadequate Luq Barcoo’s and Kyahva Tezino’s interceptions.  I want roses, not daises.  Again, I’m bitching and moaning.

The offense has scored a total of 60 points during the first three games.  To beat Utah State we will need at least half that number.

3-0.  Go, Aztecs.