SDSU Football: SDSU vs. AFA (Game Preview)

San Diego State at New Mexico State. Mandatory Photo Credit David Frerker
San Diego State at New Mexico State. Mandatory Photo Credit David Frerker

San Diego State at New Mexico State. Mandatory Photo Credit David Frerker

***According to our team sources that Aztecs will travel to play Air Force this Thursday night. We did out best today to keep everyone updated with info gathered from team sources aka players on the team. We wanted to make sure the information was correct on both the Air Force side and the San Diego State side. The players had not heard at 11:30 am this morning if the game would be played. We got a response from one of the players at 11:51 a.m. that the game would be played as stated.  Below is the original Tweet stating the game would be played.*** 


Team Total Offensive Pass OFF Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 68th 45th 81st 116th 39th
AFA 89th 121st 11th 99th 111th

San Diego State Overall (2-3) Conference (1-0)

The Aztec Defensive line should be ready to stop the Air Force ground attack. In the last three games the SDSU rush defense has given up 105 carries for 227 yards an Average of 2.16 YPC. Colin Lockett did not play against Nevada due to a concussion that he suffered against New Mexico State. It is not known yet if Lockett will play against Air Force on Thursday. The Aztecs will be in hands of red shirt freshman Eric Judge who played a hell of a game Friday night against Nevada on ESPN (6 catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns).

The Air Force rush defense will be busy trying to figure out how to stop the Aztec rushing attack. Donnel Pumphrey the speedster can beat you on the outside and Adam Muema can beat you running inside the tackles. Pumphrey has recorded over 200 rushing yards in back to back games and Muema looks to be the same running back we saw last season. It will be interesting to see if the Aztecs decide to stick with walk on quarterback Quinn Kaehler (2-1 record as a starter) or if the Aztecs decide to change back to Adam Dingwell. Dingwell was injured in the Aztecs loss at Ohio State and has been on the bench ever since.

Loss: vs. Eastern Illinois = 19 – 40

Loss: at. Ohio State = 7 – 42

Loss: vs. Oregon State = 30 – 34

Win at. New Mexico State = 26 – 16

Win vs. Nevada = 51- 44

at. Air Force

vs. Fresno State

vs. New Mexico

at. San Jose State

at. Hawaii

vs. Boise State

at. UNLV

Injury Report: For San Diego State (Link For The Report):

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/06/13 WR Colin Lockett Ankle “?” Thursday vs. Air Force
10/06/13 OL Paul Rodriguez Heart “?” Thursday vs. Air Force
10/06/13 S Tony Bell Personal “?” Thursday vs. Air Force
10/02/13 DL Dan Kottman Shoulder out indefinitely
10/02/13 LB Jake Fely Foot expected to miss 8 weeks
09/24/13 Backup RB Chase Price Shoulder expected to miss 2-3 weeks
09/18/13 Backup RB De’Saan Hardwick Personal quit the team
08/23/13 LB Scott Graves Bicep out for season

Air Force Academy Overall (1-5) Conference (0-4)

The San Diego State defense who has been having trouble against the passing game will not have to worry about this inferior Air Force team. Air Force who is normally a good team lost their quarterback early on in the season with a season ending knee injury. Air Force was able to keep chugging along with the talented sophomore quarterback Jaleel Awini. Awini has been suspended by the Air Force Academy which is a major blow to the team.

Awini, officials said in a news release, is “no longer a cadet in good standing and not eligible to represent the academy in any outside activities” including football. The announcement said: “All cadets are held to the same high standards — honor, physical fitness, academics and military aptitude — and each case is handled on its own individual merits.” (Link)

Air Force is now down to their last quarterback according to the Air Force roster. Air Force has been one of the worst teams in the nation this year at throwing the football. That mean’s it is all up to the strong defensive line of the Aztecs to shut down the Air Force run game.

Win vs. Colgate = 38 – 13

Loss vs. Utah State = 20 -52

Loss at. Boise State = 42 – 20

Loss vs. Wyoming = 23 – 56

Loss at. Nevada = 45 – 42

Loss at. Navy = 28 – 10

vs. San Diego State

vs. Norte Dame

vs. Army

at. New Mexico

vs. UNLV

at. Colorado State

Injury Report: For Air Force Academy (Link For The Report):

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/06/13 WR Myles Barnes Knee “?” Thursday vs. San Diego State
10/06/13 FB Aaron Clinton-Earl Hand “?” Thursday vs. San Diego State
10/06/13 WR Ty MacArthur Concussion “?” Thursday vs. San Diego State
10/06/13 DB Chris Miller Concussion “?” Thursday vs. San Diego State
09/25/13 QB Jaleel Awini Suspension out indefinitely
09/17/13 DL Joseph Champaign ACL out indefinitely
09/05/13 QB Kale Pearson Knee out for season

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 1300 Yards 727 Yards 2027 Yards
AFA 484 Yards 1480 Yards 1964 Yards

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 2027 381 5.3 405.4
AFA 1964 343 5.7 392.8

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 727 184 4.0 145.4 9
AFA 1480 273 5.4 296 15

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int Avg Per Catch APG TD
SDSU 1300 110-197-8 11.8 260 6
AFA 484 35-70-2 13.8 96.8 3


Team Penalties Yards Avg Per Game
SDSU 31-303 60.6 yards
AFA 29-222 44.4 yards


Game information: Kickoff 7:00 p.m. MT United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.

Spread: San Diego State – 4

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TV: CBS Sports Network

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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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