SDSU V. Nevada Game Recap

The Aztecs had a solid outing this week with a 42-23 win against the Nevada Wolfpack.

SDSU got off to a slow start, giving up a field goal and a 48 yard touchdown pass early to go down 10-0. On the next drive however, Rashaad Penny followed up with a 23 yard touchdown run, and then a 70 yard punt return for a touchdown.

The rush defense was solid all game, allowing the Wolfpack a mere 34 yards on 18 carries. While their pass defense had several big holes in the game (giving up several 40+ yard passes throughout the game and allowing 414 yards passing and three touchdowns), they kept it together and tightened up in the second half, allowing only one score.

Christian Chapman also had a solid game, putting up 205 yards on 65 percent completion and a touchdown after three straight games under 100 yards passing.

Rashaad Penny was the man of the hour in this game, setting an SDSU football record with 429 all-purpose yards in addition to adding four touchdowns (two rushing). He also had another 100 yard kick return for a touchdown, which tied an FBS record for longest kick return and tied the record for most kick returns for a touchdown in a career.

Aztecs Defeat Cowboys

On Friday, Nov. 17 our San Diego State Aztecs took on the McNeese State Cowboys in what ended up being quite a blowout. The Aztecs took the game 83-52. It was a good bounce back win after losing to Arizona State this past Tuesday.

Junior transfer Devin Watson led the team with 20 points on 8/14 shooting and added 8 assists before leaving the game with what appeared to be a leg cramp. Senior forward Malik Pope also had a solid night adding 16 points and 9 rebounds to the winning effort. The Aztecs shot a respectable 50 percent from the field, which is not something we have been used to seeing from them in recent years.

As in previous years, the Aztecs’ defense was the strongest part of their game. They held the Cowboys to 31 percent shooting from the field and only 15 percent from beyond the arc.

All in all, this was a good win for the Aztecs, but one that should have been expected. Even with it being an easy win, the game was somewhat of a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Aztecs outscored the Cowboys 46-19. In the second, it was a lot closer at 37-33. It’s easy to look at this and be upset, but during the second half most of the starters were sitting.

Going forward, they are going to have to build off the positives from this game if they want to accomplish anything serious this season.

SDSU Baseball Deserves to be Ranked

Tyler Adkison of SDSU baseball swings away (GoAztecs.com)
Weston Lowe, KCR Sports Host | May 3, 2017

This year’s San Diego State baseball team is one of the best they’ve had in years. With an overall record of 29-13 and a conference record of 13-5, the team is succeeding expectations. The offense is explosive, led by Tyler Atkins who is batting a cool .370 with 11 bombs and 38 runs driven in. The pitching has improved incredibly since last season led by Brett Seeburger and Dominic Purpura, who are both on the list for the National Pitcher of the Year award. The team has had big wins over big time programs such as UCLA and USD who both consistently put out major league talent. They also have wins over two currently ranked teams by the Associated Press, #11 Long Beach State and #16 Cal State Fullerton.

This team is clearly good enough to be ranked. They have an offensive that puts up big time numbers, and a pitching staff that has consistently been able to get the job done. Head Coach Mark Martinez has really put together a team that he has able to get the most out of. The question whoever remains; “why aren’t they getting the respect they deserve?” There are plenty of answers to this question, the most likely of which is probably that they play in the Mountain West, which is often considered a weak conference by AP voters. There also historically tends to be an East Coast bias against West Coast teams, which is also probably another rationale behind the lack of votes the team receives in the polls.

It’s unfair for this team to fly under the radar the way they have been. They consistently give their all on the field and have shown that they can keep up with the big time programs they’ve played. The players and coaches deserve to be recognized for their on-field accomplishments. Although they may play in a “weaker” conference, the team has dominated conference opponents giving them an in-conference scoring margin of +67. It might be wrong that this team is unranked, but the one good thing that may come out of it is that the team will likely use it for motivation to continue beating their rivals. One thing we know for sure is that is the team is extremely good and if they keep this up, they may find themselves making a deep run in the College World Series.

KCR Sports Host Offers His Thoughts On Where the Aztecs Went in the Draft

Well, the 2017 NFL draft is finally over. With first round surprises and picks that we all knew were going to happen, the fourth and fifth round is where the Aztecs made their presence known.

Three major aspects of the 2016-2017 San Diego State football team were taken in the two rounds. But how will they fair in their newly acquired home town?

I’m here to give you my thoughts on what the future is going to be like for the Aztecs that finally made it to the big league.

Nico Siragusa to the Baltimore Ravens

This was a pick that any SDSU football native could have seen coming. A big body Siragusa helped in paving the way for the all-time collegiate rusher in Donnel Pumphrey, so it was to no surprise that he was going to find a home in a city that loved linemen.

In the past, the Ravens have had star linemen such as Jonathan Ogden, Marshall Yanda and Michael Oher, just to name a few. I believe that Siragusa is going to make a major impact in the Ravens running game with Justin Forsett in the backfield. Overall I think that this is a good home for Siragusa and I would give this draft grade a solid A-.

Donnel Pumphrey to the Philadelphia Eagles

Man oh man do I have a lot to say about this acquisition. With the 132nd pick, the Eagles took a chance and traded up to get the 5’8”, 178 pound Pumphrey who in 2017, surpassed the great Ron Dayne in rushing yards. As a Cowboys fan, this draft pick hurt me dearly.

I was not expecting the Eagles to trade up to take Pumphrey, but as far as a system that works for his skillset, Phili does show some promise.

Of course, the Eagles houses one of the elite short-man running backs in Darren Sproles who is in fact two inches shorter than Pumphrey. I think with the mentorship that Sproles can bring, along with a promising backfield with Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood, the leading rusher the chance to make a decent impact with this club. I would give this a draft grade of a B+.

Damontae Kazee to the Atlanta Falcons

 This pick, in my opinion, was the smartest out of all of the three draft picks. With the 149th pick, the Falcons made a very smart move on taking the senior cornerback Damontae Kazee.

Prior to the draft, I had Kazee going as the first Aztec in the draft, but still going to the Falcons. Last season, the Falcons were that one star defensive back away from having an elite defense. Paired with Desmond Trufant, I feel like Kazee is going to be able to make the roster and make an immediate impact for the Falcon’s defense.

Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel is going to have a great time with this defense with star studded players like Vic Beasley Jr., Keanu Neal, Courtney Upshaw, and of course, Kazee. I give this an amazing draft grade of A+.