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An old fashion butt kicking featuring a total of 64 Aztecs on the field as the game progressed.

As you know, the game was not televised, thus I was enjoying the quality radio work of Ted Leitner, aka, Uncle Teddy. He is as entertaining, knowledgeable and self-deprecating as ever.

Back to the game. 450 total yards for the Aztec offense. 24 first downs (double Towson’s number). 8/15 on third down. 5/6 in the almighty red zone. A commanding 38:10 of football possession.

Matt Araiza averaged 65.7 yards per punt. Carson sits 39 feet above sea level. What will he average at Air Force? 75 yards per punt?

Brionne Penny had 4 catches for 55 yards. Will Haskell played the last half of the fourth quarter. Uncle Teddy painted a complimentary description of Mr. Haskell’s play. Mekhi Shaw started at one of the wide receiver spots. New faces to remember 2022 forward.

Once Greg Bell left the game, running back by committee took hold. Chance Bell (7/79), Kaegun Williams (10/76), Jordan Byrd (7/79) and Jaylon Armstead (13/44 all straight up the gut) provided the bulk of the offense. Mr. Armstead was christened “Chugga-Chugga” by Uncle Teddy during the radio broadcast.

Lucas Johnson was a serviceable 16/25 and 149 yards with a td. We will not discuss his interception.

The Aztec defense was not as active as the first three games, yet they held the Tigers to 228 total yards. 15, and only 15, of those yards were rushing yards. The Tigers averaged less than a yard per carry. Well done, Aztec defense.

Next week is an off week. Perfect timing for Greg Bell, Andrew Aleki, Jordon Brookshire and Tayler Hawkins to get well. New Mexico visits to begin MWC play October 9. Rocky Long returns. Should be fun. I wonder if defensive coordinator Kurt Mattix will present Rocky with a gift?

4-0.

Much better.

Jordon Brookshire looked more quarterback-ish (new word). However, I remain less than happy with his #1 role, but I’ll trash can my complaints for now. His 40 yard touchdown toss to Ethan Dedeaux was on the money. A perfect throw and competent catch. Mr. Brookshire’s line of 10/15/183 and 2 tds was efficient. 8 different Aztecs caught at least one ball. Well, if 10 completions is all that is offered, spreading the wealth makes all feel valued.

Greg Bell made efficient look cheap. 7.4 yards per rush (17/125) and a 55 yard scamper of a opening touchdown is a fine football game. Chance Bell (10/52) added potent punch in lieu of Greg. The coaching staff smartly rested Greg during the majority of the second half. A 28 point lead will lead to such clarifying decisions.

For consecutive games this 2021 season, the Aztec defense was stellar. Defensive coordinator Kurt Mattix is a man with a plan, vision and satisfying result. Consider the following Arizona offensive numbers:

Total yards rushing: 49. Total yards passing (between two quarterbacks): 179. Add those two numbers for a meager 228 yards in total offense in Tucson. Additionally, the SDSU defense limited Arizona to 55 offensive plays. Also, the Wildcats offense had the ball a total of 9:51 the entire second half. Wow-wee. Oh, yeah, third down conversions ended 1/13.

Continuing with all praise Aztec defense: 18 qb hits (same as the New Mexico State game), 10 three and outs (!), 4 sacks for 20 yards, 11 tackles for loss (34 yards) and Patrick McMorris’s interception for another 16 yards. Backwards was the theme for the Arizona offense.

A few minutes into the third quarter, the constant pounding issued by both SDSU lines was as apparent as a warm start to a football game in the desert. The Arizona lines were worn out and out played. All the ice in their cold drink melted long ago. Okay, I’ll stop.

Of course, I must complain about the number of doltish penalties (8/84) earned by both sides of Aztec nation. Guys, knock off the personal fouls, please. And, remember, offside penalties mean you are not in the now. Pay attention!

2-0.

Go, Aztecs.