Last night San Diego State won one of the biggest games in the programs history. The game came down to the leg of Chance Marden kicking into 12 mph winds with 0.03 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime. Marden made the kick of his career redeeming himself of his three missed field goals earlier this season. The San Diego State Aztecs would live to die another day. This would be the first time since 1998 that the San Diego State Aztecs would play an overtime game.
The Nevada offensive could not be stopped as the Wolf Pack would score on their first possession of overtime. The Aztecs would get the ball and would soon score on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Aztecs back up quarterback Adam Dingwell to Gavin Escobar. Rocky Long went to the famous chart and said we cannot stop the Wolf Pack so let’s go for the win and win the Aztecs did. The Aztecs won on a two-point conversion pass from Adam Dingwell to back up tight end Adam Roberts. The Aztecs are now 4-1 in program history in overtime.
Now let’s get down to some statistics and injury updates. The Aztecs were led by back up quarterback Adam Dingwell (Happy 21st Birthday) who had to come into the game after Ryan Katz was carted off the field. Further down in this post game recap we have tweets to explain Katz’s injury.The offensive line led the Aztec running back core to 45 carries for 152 yards and 1 touchdown. An average of 3.4 yards per carry. Below is the rushing stats from tonight’s game.
Adam Dingwell had a great game in the air hooking up with five different receivers Gavin Escobar, Brice Butler, Ezell Ruffin, Colin Lockett and Chad Young. We have provided you with last night’s passing statistics.
The San Diego State run defense shutdown the best running back in the nation S Jefferson. Jefferson was limited to 32 carries for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Out of all the game the San Diego State Aztecs have played all season this was their best defensive effort. The Aztecs began to struggle when Nevada went to the air in the second half of the game. The Aztec special teams unit is my player of the game.
Field goal attempts —————————————-
Marden, 2nd 09:15 39 yds – Good
Marden, 2nd 04:22 46 yds – Good (Career Long)
Marden, 4th 00:00 35 yds – Good (Sent The Game To Overtime)
Now some bad news for #SDSU: Rocky Long just confirmed that starting QB Ryan Katz is done for the year.
— Agustin Gonzalez (@Agustin_ASR) October 21, 2012
Ryan Katz’s ankle is fractured. Unlikely he will play the rest of the regular seasln
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) October 21, 2012
As shown above Ryan Katz career as a San Diego State Aztec appears to be over because of the injury. We all pray that Katz has a speedy recovery and can return when the Aztecs play in their third straight bowl game. Below we have a small statistical break down of the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Nevada Wolf Pack
The Nevada Wolf Pack offense had no problems disposing of the San Diego State Aztec pass defense. The Aztecs had major problems with Fajardo rolling out of the pocket and hitting open receivers. He was able to make San Diego State defenders miss and would create some extra time for himself to find open receivers down the field. Fajardo’s favorite target of the night was B. Wimberly who had 10 catches for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Nevada Wolf Pack were able to get ground game moving. Jefferson the best running back in the nation was able to hit the 100 yard rushing mark in the game. He averaged only 3.8 yards per carry as the best run defense in the Mountain West Conference San Diego State Aztecs kept him bottled up.