Greg Bell rushed for 111 yards and a landing, quarterback Jordon Brookshire added two scoring runs and No. 25 San Diego State beat New Mexico 31-7 on Saturday evening in its first sport as a ranked crew in two seasons.
Bell had a 40-yard stick with it the Aztecs’ first play from scrimmage and completed together with his fourth 100-yard sport of the season, hitting the mark earlier than halftime of San Diego State’s Mountain West Convention opener.
San Diego State is off to its second 5-0 begin in 46 years, additionally doing it in 2017, and received a sport as a ranked crew for the primary time since Oct. 7, 2017, in opposition to UNLV. The Aztecs are considered one of 13 remaining undefeated groups within the nation.
“These guys have labored onerous and you’ll’t say sufficient about our coaches and our gamers,” Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke mentioned. ” As a lot as something, the management of our seniors, they’ve actually accomplished a pleasant job.”
On protection, the San Diego State gave up 66 yards dashing and 193 yards in complete offense in its eighth consecutive victory over the Lobos (2-4, 0-2). San Diego State entered second within the nation with 46.0 dashing yards allowed per sport.
New Mexico used its protection to keep away from a shutout as Ray Leutele compelled Bell’s fumble within the third quarter and returned it 15 yards for a landing. Terry Wilson Jr., was 13 of 25 passing for 127 yards with an interception, and Aaron Dumas rushed for 77 yards.
“We did some issues in spurts, however nonetheless it was not adequate,” mentioned New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales, a former San Diego State assistant. “We have gone approach too many quarters with out scoring touchdowns. We’re (creating) alternatives on protection however we’re not capitalizing on offense. … It’s a must to rating to have an opportunity to win.”
San Diego State began quick, holding New Mexico to a 3 and out to open the sport, then getting Bell’s 40-yard run to the Lobos’ 23-yard line. 4 extra Bell carries put the Aztecs into the top zone after his 1-yard rating as he carried 5 instances for all 63 yards on the drive.
“It was what I usually see from Greg, whether or not it’s observe, in these alternatives, otherwise you see him in a sport scenario,” Hoke mentioned after Bell delivered two weeks after he injured his shoulder and was diminished to 2 carries in opposition to Towson. “He has excellent imaginative and prescient he did a pleasant job of the burst via the opening.”
After Matt Araiza’s 40-yard discipline purpose on the primary play of the second quarter gave San Diego State a 10-0 lead, the Aztecs protection turned in two extra three and outs earlier than growing the lead. Brookshire led a 10-play 66-yard drive that he capped together with his personal 1-yard plunge for a 17-0 lead.
The Aztecs held the Lobos to minus-5 yards dashing within the third quarter, earlier than Leutele obtained New Mexico on the scoreboard. Leutele not solely stripped Bell of the ball deep in Aztecs territory, he carried the ball into the top zone to chop the San Diego State benefit to 17-7.
San Diego State struggled on offense to open the second half, working seven performs in its first three third-quarter drives with no first downs earlier than placing collectively a five-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Instantly after Leutele’s defensive TD, Brookshire drove the Aztecs down the sector and scored on an 11-yard run for a 24-7 lead.
“I believe I performed respectable, however as (in) each sport, there’s undoubtedly quite a bit to work on, go over the movie, watch the way it went and go into this week working to enhance,” mentioned Brookshire, who had 130 yards passing in his return from a proper ankle damage in opposition to Arizona on Sept. 11
Probability Bell made it 31-7 with 13:05 remaining on an 8-yard scoring run.
Wilson left the sport on New Mexico’s closing drive with a dislocated left elbow, whereas large receiver Keyonta Lanier appeared shaken up within the first quarter and left the sport within the fourth quarter with a proper arm damage. X-rays on Wilson’s elbow have been unfavorable.
New Mexico: The offensive woes continued for the Lobos, who’ve averaged 7.5 factors over their final 4 video games and have one other undefeated crew looming Oct. 23 at Wyoming.
San Diego State: Bell confirmed he’s feeling simply high-quality after his shoulder damage Sept. 25 and the protection stepped up after giving up 52 complete factors over its earlier two victories because the Aztecs confirmed no letdown as a ranked crew.
New Mexico: Host Colorado State on Saturday.
San Diego State: At San Jose State on Friday evening.