SDSU Aztecs head into New Mexico coming off a loss at Fresno State. The New Mexico Lobos have a lethal run game to key in on and they will do their best to stop Aztec freshman quarterback Nick Bawden. It’s going to be a match of great run games as the Aztecs will look to get running back Donnel Pumphrey going.
The key to the game for the offense will be getting the running game going. Donnel Pumphrey was the only bright spot in their loss last week. He had 94 yards rushing but could not get into the end zone. The Aztecs can attack the Lobos with Pumphrey because they have not been able to stop the run. Chase Price can get involved in the red zone as well. If all goes as planned, Pumphrey will finish the game at 115 yards and 1 touchdown.
Nick Bawden has his first game under his belt. He looked nervous in his first 3 quarters but the offense clicked for him in the 4th quarter. Watch for Bawden to target wide receiver Larry Clark down field and a few dump passes down to Pumphrey. I think Bawden can run too so watch for him to spin his wheels in open field. If Bawden plays well and can manage the game then watch for the Aztecs to do well. If Quinn Kaehler is healthy enough for this game, he will be lethal back in the driver’s seat.
The key for the Aztecs defense is to force the Lobos to beat them in the air. The Lobos only had 87 passing yards in their last game because they lean on their run. Lamar Jordan had 106 yards rushing and Jhurell Pressley had 1o2 yards rushing. If the Aztecs can shut those two running backs down then that is the best the defense can do. Force the Lobos to pass, you win the ball game.
The Aztecs will head into Lobos territory on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Look for the game on ESPNU and check back here for the post game.