SDSU Football: SDSU vs. No. 21 UNC (Game Preview)

37 days until the Aztecs kickoff season against NAU. Photo Credit: Tony Amat
Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

Mandatory Photo Credit: Tony Amat

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Team Total Offensive Pass OFF
Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 72nd 78th 54th  45th 55th
UNC 59th 66th 48th   46th 75th


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 Overall (1-0) Conf (0-0)

San Diego State has multiple weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The three players to look out for would be running back Donnel Pumphrey and wide receivers Ezell Ruffin & Eric Judge. Pumphrey had 19 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Ruffin/ Judge are the two favorite targets of San Diego State QB Quinn Kaehler as they totaled 9 catches for over 100 yards in the first week of the season.

Our breakout player from week one would be wide receiver Lloyd Mills. Mill’s extended San Diego States streak of returning punts for touchdowns. San Diego State has a punt return touchdown in three of the last four games. Mill’s has explosive speed and also got the carry on a reverse and went for 33 yards. Mill’s is an offensive and special team’s weapon

San Diego State University is the only team in the country to do the following in its opening game of the season: commit one turnover or less, have five penalties or less, pass for 200 yards, rush for 150 yards, hold its opponent to seven points or less and score a defensive or special team touchdown.

Win vs. Northern Arizona =  38-7

at. North Carolina

at. Oregon State

vs. UNLV

at. Fresno State

at. New Mexico

vs. Hawaii

at. Nevada

vs. Idaho (Homecoming & KGB Sky Show)

at. Boise State

vs. Air Force

University of North Carolina 1-0 and Conf (0-0)

The scouting report for this weekend comes from my interview with  John Bauman, the editor of Keeping It Heel. Their blog covers the University of North Carolina for the FanSided Network. Please click here if you would like to read the entire interview.

North Carolina’s strengths lie at the quarterback and running back positions. Marquise Williams filled in well for injured Bryn Renner last season, giving the Tar Heels a solid option to turn to at quarterback. Mitch Trubisky lurks as a potential candidate to eventually overtake Marquise, and Coach Fedora hasn’t yet tipped his hat to who the starting quarterback will be between the two. But to have two solid options at quarterback is a major strength heading into fall practice. At the running back position, UNC has four legitimate options to turn to. T.J. Logan came on strong at the end of last season, Romar Morris is a speedster, Elijah Hood is the most talented of any of the four and Khris Francis is a swiss-army knife type guy who can catch passes and block really well. Those four guys give the Heels a lot of options at running back and make it the deepest position on the team.

Weaknesses are that UNC has to replace a lot of talented guys on both sides of the ball. Gone are Kareem Martin, Tre Boston, Russell Bodine, James Hurst and Eric Ebron, all to the NFL. North Carolina has to figure out in fall practice who is going to step up on the offensive line to replace Bodine and Hurst, who is going to replace the production of Eric Ebron and who is going to generate a pass rush now that Kareem Martin is gone.

Win vs. Liberty = 56 – 29

vs. San Diego State

at. East Carolina

at. Clemson

vs. Virginia Tech

at. Notre Dame

vs. Georgia Tech

at. Virginia

at. Miami

vs. Pittsburgh

at. Duke

vs. NC State

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 205  194 399
UNC 235   208 443

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 399 66 6.0  399
UNC 443  93  4.8 443

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 194 37  5.2 194 3
UNC 208 48  4.3 208  4

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int Avg Per Catch APG TD
SDSU 205 18-29-1 11.4  205 1
UNC 235  29-45-3  8.1 235 


Team Penalties Yards Avg Per Game
SDSU 29  5
UNC 60  10

Media Interviews and Previews

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Game information: Kickoff 8:00 p.m. ET  Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Radio: ESPN 1700 San Diego

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About DavidSDSU (1275 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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