SDSU Football: SDSU vs. BYU Poinsettia Bowl (Game Preview)

San Diego State finished the season in the Mountain West with the best record in university history during the MWC era. The Aztec run defense which is the best in the Mountain West is looking forward to taking on the Cougar run game. The Aztecs are now 9-3 (7-1) after beating Wyoming behind the legs of the Aztecs run game (48 Carries for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns). We predict SDSU will come out on fire as they are looking forward to playing their old rivals BYU. The Aztecs will win this game. (According to Vegas the San Diego State Aztecs are 3 point underdogs).

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Team Total Offensive Pass OFF
Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 58th 102nd 16th 74th  37th
BYU 57th 51st 63rd 27th  3rd
The Aztec defense is lockdown on the running game and does need work with passing.The Aztecs offensive is unstoppable with the double tangent of Walter Kazee and Adam Muema. The two backs are averaging near five yards per carry on the season. Behind a great passing attack lead by quarterback Adam Dingwell and should be All-American tight end Gavin Escobar.

San Diego State Overall (9-3) Conf (7-1)

San Diego State beat a bad team in Army, Air Force, Colorado State, Hawaii, UNLV and a good FCS team in North Dakota. San Diego State upset two of the best teams in the nation (home records) No.19 Boise State and Nevada.The Aztecs lost to three very good teams in Fresno State, San Jose State and Washington. The San Diego State defense has played very bad in the fourth quarter so far this season giving up 61 points. The San Diego State ground attack and ground defense will be the difference against the BYU Cougars.

Loss at Washington = 21 – 12

Win vs. Army = 45 – 7

Win vs. North Dakota = 49 – 41

Loss vs. San Jose State = 34 – 38

Loss vs. Fresno State = 40 – 52

Win vs. Hawaii = 52 – 14

Win vs. Colorado State = 38 – 14

Win vs. Nevada = 39 – 38 (OT)

Win vs. UNLV = 24 – 13

Win vs. Boise State = 21 – 19

Win vs. Air Force = 28 – 9

Bye Week

Win vs. Wyoming = 42 – 28

BYU Overall (7-5) Conference Independent (0-1)

Now lets break down the BYU schedule up to this point in the season. BYU lost to a few great squads including Boise State, Oregon State and Notre Dame. The Cougars also lost to two good squads in Utah and San Jose State. BYU beat a few good teams in Utah State and Washington State. BYU easily overpowered Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico State and Weber State.The BYU offense is one of the middle of the road offense’s in the nation ranked as No. 65. The BYU defense is ranked 3rd in the nation in total defense. For a look at the nation stat rankings please refer to the chart at the top of the article.The BYU offense is going to have to play a flawless game in the turnover battle and the BYU defense is going to have to shut down the San Diego State run game if they want to have any chance at beating the Aztecs.

Win vs. Washington State = 30 – 6

Win vs. Weber State = 45 – 13

Loss at Utah = 21 – 24

Loss at No. 24 Boise State = 6 – 7

Win vs. Hawaii = 47 – 0

Win vs. Utah State = 6 – 3

Loss vs. No. 10 Oregon State = 24 – 42

Loss at No. 5 Notre Dame = 14 – 17

Win at Georgia Tech = 41 – 17

Win vs. Idaho = 52 – 13

Loss at San Jose State = 14 – 20

Win at New Mexico State = 50 – 14

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 2,143 Yards 2,750  Yards 4,893 Yards
BYU 2,970 Yards 1,939 Yards 4,909 Yards

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 4,893   819 6.0 407.8
BYU 4,909 929 5.3 409.1

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 2,750 539 5.1 229.2 30
BYU 1,939 475 4.1 161.6 21

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int Avg Per Catch APG TD
SDSU 2,143 170-280-8 12.6 178.6 21
BYU 2,970 273-454-14 10.9 247.5 25


Team Penalties Yards Avg Per Game
SDSU 68-593 49.4 yards
BYU 77-677 56.4 yards

San Diego State Highlights


Game information: Kickoff Thursday December 20th at 5:00 p.m. PT  San Diego, California.

Radio: KOGO 600 – for link to internet radio please Click Here


Tickets: Click hereto purchase tickets to the game.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through SDSU as it will benefit Aztec athletics.

San Diego State football season ticket holders and donors have until 5 p.m. PT Tuesday to purchase tickets and insure their priority at, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium’s Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. PT. They are available through, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium’s Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

The SDSU tickets are $60 each. There’s also a tailgate package for $40 that includes a buffet with drinks, and another for $20 that includes one food voucher (different vendors will be available) and one drink ticket. Ticket Info from

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About DavidSDSU (1259 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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