A change in San Diego State’s defensive scheme helped the Aztecs decelerate Air Drive’s run-heavy offense.
Matt Araiza kicked two subject targets, Kaegun Williams and Likelihood Bell ran for touchdowns and No. 22 San Diego State withstood Air Drive’s comeback bid to win 20-14 on Saturday night time.
The Aztecs stored Air Drive’s top-ranked operating assault in examine by ceaselessly utilizing a fourth linebacker as a substitute of a defensive again.
“Everyone is aware of what they do,” Aztecs linebacker Michael Shawfroft stated. “They run the ball rather well. They’re a extremely powerful group to play. It was simply one thing that we game-planned rather well this week. Our coaches made it easy for us and simply allow us to play our recreation. It was simply see ball, get ball.”
San Diego State (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) beat Air Drive for a ninth straight time. Air Drive (6-2, 3-2) had its four-game successful streak snapped.
“As a substitute of getting one other DB in there, we actually felt our linebackers — and that’s a extremely good group, they’re well-coached — it put some larger our bodies on the market on the sphere which are actually athletic additionally,” San Diego State coach Brady Hoke stated.
The Aztecs led 13-0 at half, with Williams’ 1-yard TD run between Araiza’s subject targets of twenty-two and 51 yards following Air Drive turnovers.
“We had too many errors on our half,” Air Drive defensive lineman Jordan Jackson stated. “They’re an important group and we couldn’t afford to make errors like we did. I feel that was the deciding issue.”
San Diego State added to the lead on its first possession of the second half. Bell broke a 32-yard run earlier than scoring from 3 yards out to make it 20-0.
“In case you go on the market and struggle each play, finally one thing’s going to occur, some massive play goes to return, one thing goes to work out and that’s precisely what we belief in,” Bell stated.
The Falcons bought on the board late within the third quarter on Warren Bryan’s 13-yard cross to Dalton King on fourth down. Initially dominated incomplete, the decision was overturned on evaluation when it was decided King had possession when he crossed the aim line earlier than the ball got here out on the hit by Patrick McMorris.
Air Drive pulled to inside six after Dane Kinamon took a fourth-down pitch from Bryan and ran 3 yards for a landing with 3:59 left.
The Falcons bought the ball again with 2:18 to play and punted after a fourth-down conversion was negated by a penalty. San Diego State ran out the ultimate 1:35.
Araiza, who additionally punts for the Aztecs, bought off an 81-yarder within the first quarter. It was the second consecutive week Araiza had an 80-plus yard punt and a 50-plus yard subject aim. He had an 86-yard punt and a 53-yard subject aim within the Aztecs’ double additional time victory over San Jose State final week. GOING LONG
Araiza had a 67-yard punt to go together with his 81-yarder and now has 14 punts of 60 or extra yards on the season, tying him with Texas A&M’s Braden Mann (2018) for essentially the most in a season in FBS historical past.
San Diego State’s top-ranked dashing protection bottled up Air Drive’s floor recreation many of the recreation. The Aztecs held the Falcons to 192 dashing yards, effectively beneath Air Drive’s common of 336.4 per recreation.
Air Drive dropped to 4-19 towards High 25 opponents beneath coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons’ final win over a ranked group was in 2016.
The Aztecs stand out because the lone unbeaten group within the Mountain West and determine to enhance their rating.
San Diego State: Returns house to tackle Fresno State on Saturday night time.
Air Drive: The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy can be on the road when Military performs the Falcons on Nov. 6 at Globe Life Area in Arlington, Texas.