San Diego State Football Recap: Aztecs fleece the Rams 24-10.
The Aztecs shut down the Rams for the 3 quarters.
San Diego State cruises to a 24-10 victory over Colorado State.
After taking a 17-23 loss at home, the Aztecs went to Fort Collins looking for their first win in conference play. The San Diego State offense had a lot to prove after gifting Utah State their first conference win. Ryan Agnew went 16 of 20 for 174 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory. Agnew only took one horrible sack– the bar is set low– and he threw the ball out of bounds often.
Ryan Agnew has flashes of former Aztec QB Ryan Lindley in both respects of the college game and NFL. Sometimes he’s a magician making completions in tough, unbelievable spots, but once that pocket collapses it’s a car wreck.
Juwan Washington looked good in his return after his month-long absence recording 102 yards from scrimmage with 1 receiving touchdown. He took the lion’s share of the carries at 22, even playing late in the 4th quarter when San Diego State had this game wrapped up. Unsure if that was the coaches’ decision to push him or Washington’s toughness coming to play. Either way, Washington looks good to go for the rest of conference play.
Kobe Smith has been Agnew’s number one target this year and Smith continues to shine. Smith recorded a 102-yard day with 1 touchdown. This QB-WR connection has been lacking for half a decade with their quarterbacks and style of offense.
This is the offense Rocky Long had envisioned when making the switch to a spread offense with pistol looks. He has someone who can stretch the field and catch over the middle, so the running backs can get more than 2-3 yards at the line.
While the offense had to make a statement in Fort Collins, the Aztec defense is outperforming their expectations. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown until the 4th quarter and went +4 in turnovers. Luq Barcoo performed the rare hat trick of 3 interceptions in one game, and give him extra credit for picking off both Colorado State’s quarterbacks. This defense is playing out of their minds.
The front seven of San Diego State plays up, and it could be the infusion of former SDSU head coach Brady Hoke coaching up the defensive line, but these guys are 2nd in FBS rush defense only giving up 103.8 yards per game 52.8 yards per game. They’re only behind Wisconsin.
San Diego State looks old-school dominant in the first game of conference play.