The San Diego State Aztecs played their first home game of the season in front of a 30,799 person crowd at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs played one of the most complete games they have had in recent history defeating Army 42 – 7.
The Aztec offensive was lead on the ground by San Diego States elite running back core of Walter Kazee (7 carries for 51 yards and 2 TD’s) and Adam Muema (15 carries 98 yards and 1 TD). The Aztec running backs including backups and two quarterbacks ran for 42 carries for 228 yards and 4 TD’s. Ryan Katz hooked up with his favorite target Ezell Ruffin 5 times for 132 yards. Katz would end the night with a touchdown to his fullback Chad Young. Final Stats for Katz 14 for 21 with 215 yards and one TD.
The Aztec defense was on fire swarming the Army ball carriers. This Army team was first in the nation last year in rushing yards per game and second in total rushing. The Aztecs gave up over 400 yards rushing last season and improved immensely allowing only 282 yards this time around. The Aztec defense was led by Nat Berhe who had 14 tackles and Nick Tenhaeff with 6 tackles. The Aztec Defense won the turnover battle with two interceptions by Josh Gavert and Eric Pinkins. The new Aztec transfer Derek Largent added to the turnover count with a fumble recovery.
The Aztecs did have a few minor issues on the special teams front. Senior kicker Chance Marden missed his two field goal attempts from 37 and 40 yards. Marden did make all extra points he attempted. The gem of the special team night came from Aztecs kick returner Colin Lockett. Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards to pay dirt. That was Lockett’s second career kick return touchdown.
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Final Game Stats
|Team||Total Passing||Total Rushing||Total Offensive|
|Army||50 Yards||282 Yards||332 Yards|
|SDSU||215 Yards||228 Yards||443 Yards|