SDSU Football: Battle For The Oil Can (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

San Diego State vs. Fresno State on October 26th (Homecoming) will be the Battle For The Oil Can, 1st place in the Mountain West Conference Western Division and a chance at the Mountain West Conference Championships!

 San Diego State Insider David Gascon explains to Ray Crawford how the Aztecs plan to upset Fresno State and who the Bulldogs …. click on the link to watch the clip


Team Total Offensive Pass OFF Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 64th 48th 76th 102nd 35th
Fresno 7th  4th  70th 77th  45th

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

Fresno State is sure to be the favored team coming into this game next weekend. They have a crazy good passing attack. A little bit of history of the rivalry. The Aztec-Bulldog series dates back to 1923. San Diego State was the only school in the city and Fresno State was the only school from the valley. They used to have to carry oil cans with them to be able to make the trip to San Diego. This is the reason why the rivalry game is for the battle of the Oil Can. San Diego State won the initial meeting 12-2 at home.  San Diego State leads the all-time series at 27-21-4.

This game for the Aztecs will be won or lost in the defensive secondary. If they Aztecs fail to cover the fast wide receivers of Fresno State they will be BLOWN OUT. This Fresno State team is led by Carr one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The Fresno State 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 three straight 100 yard games and Muema looks to be the same running back we saw last season.

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

Win at. Air Force 27 – 20

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
10/24/13 RB Dwayne Garrett Ankle probable Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/23/13 OL Arthur Flores Mononucleosis “?” Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/23/13 RB Chase Price Shoulder is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/23/13 S Gabe Lemon Neck expected to miss Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/23/13 DL Teddy Queen Neck “?” Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/20/13 OL Paul Rodriguez Heart “?” Saturday vs. Fresno State
10/09/13 DB Billy Vaughn, Jr. Shoulder out for season
10/02/13 DL Dan Kottman Shoulder out for season
10/02/13 LB Jake Fely Foot expected to miss 8 weeks
09/18/13 RB De’Saan Hardwick Personal quit the team
08/23/13 LB Scott Graves Bicep out for season

Fresno State Overall (5-0) Conference (2-0)

The San Diego State defense who has been having trouble against the passing game is going to have major issues going up against the 4th best passing team in the nation. Fresno State will need to move the ball on the ground against the Aztecs to insure the passing game opens up. San Diego State should have some designed quarterback draw plays designed as the Bulldogs have been hurt by quarterbacks who can run.

Senior quarterback Derek Carr has deservedly received a fair share of attention for his eye-popping numbers thus far, and the university has propped him up as a Heisman dark horse in order to capitalize on the attention it has received. – Mountain West Connection (article link)

Fresno State’s vulnerability on defensive side of the ball is the run game. San Diego State must get the run game going to beat Fresno State. Fresno State will have their way with the young San Diego State defensive backs. The only way for San Diego State to stay in the this game is to answer touchdown with touchdown.

Win vs. Rutgers = 52 – 51 OT

Win vs. Cal Poly = 41 – 25

Postponed at. Colorado

Win vs. Boise State = 41 – 40

Win at. Hawaii = 42 – 37

Win at. Idaho = 61 – 14

at. UNLV

at. San Diego State

vs. Nevada

at. Wyoming

vs. New Mexico

at. San Jose State

Injury Report: For Fresno State (Link For The Report):

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/21/13 RB Marteze Waller Foot injured last game, “?” Saturday vs. San Diego State
10/20/13 DB Rodney Mathews Knee “?” Saturday vs. San Diego State
10/18/13 RB Dontel James Toe out for season
08/22/13 DB Sean Alston Arm out for season
08/17/13 DB Donnell Vercher Personal has left team

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 1549 Yards 941 Yards 2490 Yards
Fresno 1870 Yards 820 Yards 2690 Yards

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 2490 453 5.5 415.0
Fresno 2690 447 6.0 538.0

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 941 230 4.1 156.8 10
Fresno 820 182 4.5 164.0 9

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int Avg Per Catch APG TD
SDSU 1549 125-223-9 12.4 258.3 6
Fresno 1870 185-265-5 10.1 374.0 19


Team Penalties Yards Avg Per Game
SDSU 37-343 57.2 yards
Fresno 22-232 46.4 yards


Game information: Kickoff 7:30 p.m. PT San Diego, California

Spread: Fresno State – 8.5

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Game Highlights from last season’s match-up

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