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Back on track.  Pointed in the right direction.  And similar thoughts.

What was encouraging?  The defensive line was camped in the Hawaii offense the entire night.  The rush was deep, the linebackers were quick to fill the rare gap and the defensive backfield was hitting hard.

Proof?

Sure.

0-7-0-0 was Hawaii’s scoring line.  12 first downs (4 were penalty gifts.  That’s 33% for the   math people.  And only 1 was of the rushing variety).  The Hawaii offense was a meager 2/14 on third downs.  The Rainbow Warriors averaged 1.5 yards per run and 35 rushing yards the entire game.  Speaking of the entire game, Hawaii had a total of 195 yards in offense (3.5 yards per play).  Finally, Hawaii suffered 7 three and out offensive series.  Stuff city.  How is that for proof?  I thought so.

A tip of the hat to Dwayne Johnson, Jr who started in place of Parker Baldwin.  Mr. Johnson added a degree of intensity sorely needed after consecutive losses and served as proof that Rocky Long waits for no one to rediscover his passion for the game of football.  Of further note was the first half play of JJ Glass (who entered the game as the fifth and last listed defensive tackle on the almighty depth chart), Anthony Luke, Kyahva Tezino, Ryan Dunn and Andrew Aleki.  Well done.

As for the offense, Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington returned to form via the offensive line.  Keith Ismael switching to right guard in place of the injured Antonio Rosales and Dominic Gudino moving from the #2 left guard to starting center bodes well for football brains and ability.  Complain and moan all you want about the youth of the line, but I find the future to be compelling and dominant given the overall play of Mr. Ismael and Mr. Gudino as well as Tyler Roemer, Daishawn Dixon, Ryan Pope and Joe Salcedo (none of whom are seniors).

The SDSU offense in a nutshell was featured during the second drive of the first quarter.  First down via a catch, then run, then catch, then run, run again and Juwan Washington finding the end zone.  Pure beauty.

7-2/3-2.  Get the best bowl possible.  Go Aztecs.

 

 

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This game was Catch-22.  Nothing made sense, but the outcome . . . because this game was Catch-22.

One team generates 429 total yards in 86 offensive plays while the other crawls to 263 total yards.  One team holds the ball for 34+ minutes.  The other 25:33.  One team is an impressive 8/17 on third downs.  The other a pathetic 1/14.  And, for further consideration, that team with 263 yards, 25 minutes of possession and 1/14 on third down punts the ball 10 times.  That team wins.  How?  Why?  Who cares?  We won.  But, we should have lost.

What saved us was 3 interceptions for 127 yards (almost half of what the Aztec offense, um, created) and 1 touchdown along with 4 sacks for 30 yards.  That is 157 yards of defense which is far more than half of what the guys with the football are supposed to do.  Do note, the defense kept NIU out of the end zone in the fourth quarter.  A great time to be effective.

We went from zero penalties against Air Force to a staggering 10/126.  The refs were not pro-Aztec.

Congrats to Dominic Gudino starting in place of Antonio Rosales at right guard.  Congrats to Andrew Aleki covering the NIU fumble in the first quarter that led to a Rashaad Pennuy touchdown the next play.  Congrats to Collin Andrews for joining Tim Wilson and Isiah Macklin in the redshirt-freshmen receiver rotation.

Dakota Turner returns as if he had never missed a snap.  Well done, Mr. Turner.  Jay Henderson had the game of his Aztec life.  And did we need that game.

35,717 in attendance.  Not bad when the opponent is a MAC team.  By the way, if Northern Illinois does not win the MAC, I will be most perplexed.  These guys are good.  A bowl game awaits.

5-0/1-0.  Go Aztecs.