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SDSU Football: SDSU vs. Boise State (Game Preview)


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NCAA SEASON LEADERS FBS

Team Total Offense Pass OFF
Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 70th 105th 31st  33rd  45th 
Boise State 8th 14th 32nd 46th 61st

 

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Aquino Bayani

Photo Credit: Jonathan Aquino Bayani

San Diego State Overall (5-4) Conf (3-2)

The top four offensive players to look out for would be QB Quinn Kaehler, RB Donnel Pumphrey, WR Ezell Ruffin and WR Eric Judge. Kaehler has completed 120 of 207 passes for 1,483 yards and seven touchdowns. Pumphrey has had 183 carries for 1,216 yards (135.1 YPG) and 13 touchdowns. Eric Judge and Ezell Ruffin are both the favorite targets for San Diego State’s QB Quinn Kaehler. So far this season Judge and Ruffin have combined for 31 receptions, 562 yards and four of the seven receiving touchdowns thrown by Kaehler.

SDSU will have to defend Kaehler a lot better than they did against Idaho this past weekend as they gave up more than five sacks. The Boise State defensive line has some big bodies who can get after the quarterback. The Aztecs are going to need to have a balanced game if they plan on beating Boise State for the third straight season. The Boise State defense gave up more than 500 yards rushing to New Mexico last week and are going to be looking to shut down the run game of San Diego State. Look for SDSU to throw more this game than they normally would. If I was SDSU I would throw the five to seven yard slants and let Judge and Ruffin go one on one with the Boise State secondary.

Win vs. Northern Arizona =  38 – 7

Loss at. North Carolina = 31 – 27

Loss: at. Oregon State = 28 – 7

Win: vs. UNLV = 34 – 17

Loss: at. Fresno State = 24 – 13

Win: at. New Mexico = 24 – 14

Win: vs. Hawaii = 20 – 10

Loss: at. Nevada = 30 – 14

Win: vs. Idaho = 35 – 21

at. Boise State

vs. Air Force
vs. San Jose State

San Diego State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/01/14 LB Tyler Morris Knee out for the season

 

Boise State Overall (7-2 and Conf 4-1)

Now let’s break down Boise State’s schedule up to this point in the season. Boise State lost to a very good Ole Miss squad who is ranked 10th in the nation and to a very good Air Force squad. Boise State killed bad teams such as Louisiana-Lafayette and Fresno State. Boise State beat good teams such as  Colorado State, Connecticut, BYU and Nevada.

Boise State’s offense is one of the best in the nation when it comes to the national stats.The Boise State offense is ranked 8th in total offense as shown in the chart above. Look for Boise State to target the lack of pass rush and give Grant Hedrick the green light to run for the 1st down if he has space. San Diego State gave up six rushing first downs last week in the 1st half of the game to Idaho. I am expecting Boise State to exploit this fact. Idaho QB Chad Chalich picked up 80 yards on the ground in last weekend’s loss to SDSU. SDSU has major problems stopping running quarterbacks.

The Boise State offense is going to have to play a flawless game in the turnover battle and the Boise State 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. This piece of information is going to be disheartening to Boise State fans but SDSU has another great two-headed monster in the kick return game. Rashaad Penny and Kameron Kelly have had 16 returns for 394 yards an average of 25 yards per return this season. Both Penny and Kelly have broken returns of 40 yards plus multiple times this season and have been named Elite Football Network’s kick returners of the week multiple times this season. The Aztecs also have Lloyd Mills who has 16 punt returns for 179 yards (APR 11.2 yards) and one touchdown. The Aztecs have one thing in common when you look at the last two victories over Boise State, special teams touchdowns. SDSU has scored one special teams touchdown in each of their victories against Boise State. Boise will need to slow down the Aztec special teams attack if they wish to come out on top.

 

Loss vs.  Ole Miss = 35 – 13

Win vs. Colorado State = 37-24

Win at. Connecticut = 38 – 21

Win vs. Louisiana-Lafayette = 34 – 9

Loss at. Air Force = 28 – 14

Win at. Nevada 51 – 46

Win vs. Fresno State = 37 – 27

Win vs. BYU = 55 – 30

Win at. New Mexico = 60 – 49

vs. San Diego State

at. Wyoming

vs. Utah State

Boise State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
11/09/14 Dylan Sumner-Gardner Leg “?” Saturday vs. San Diego State
11/02/14 CB Mercy Maston Shin out for season
10/12/14 WR Matt Miller Ankle out for season
09/16/14 CB Kevin Person Academics left team
09/05/14 DT Tyler Horn Knee out for season
08/28/14 DL Justin Taimatuia Undisclosed out for season
08/28/14 DB Taylor Loffler Undisclosed out for season

Now before we check out some of the current stats from both teams let’s check out the Stats from SDSU’s last victory in Boise, Idaho in 2012.

The most important thing for SDSU is going to be keeping up with Boise State play calling. When SDSU beat Boise State they both ran the same number of plays at 61. When you look at this years statistics you will see that Boise State lead’s SDSU in almost every category and almost by double. SDSU will need to keep the game close. They will need to keep Boise State under 200 yards passing as the did in 2012. SDSU has done a great job converting on third down conversions this season and will need to keep that up in order to beat Boise State.

Final Game Stats

QUICK STATS SDSU BSU
First Downs 14 18
Total Yards 269 276
Passing Yards 105 164
Rushing Yards 164 112
Number of Plays 61 61
Penalties-Yards 10-61 1-9
3rd Down Conversions 7-15 4-12
4th Down Conversions 1-3 3-3
Kick Return Yards 151 62
Punt Return Yards 20 16
Punts-Average 3-50.3 5-27.0
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 30:34 29:26

Current Offensive Stats for San Diego State & Boise State 

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 1630 1885 3515
Boise State 2814   1876 4690 

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 3515 589 6.0 390.6
Boise State 4690 717 6.5 521.1

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 1885  344 5.5 209.4  17
Boise State 1876 392 4.8 208.4 20 

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 1630 133-245-11 12.3 181.1 8
Boise State 2814   226-325-12 12.5 312.7 20 

Penalties

Team Penalties Yards Avg Yards Per Game
SDSU 58-541 60.1
Boise State 65-565  62.8

San Diego State and Boise State score by Quarters in 2014

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 62 62 52 36
Boise State 84 117 57 81

 Highlight’s From San Diego State’s Victory over Boise State in 2013. 

 

Highlight’s From San Diego State’s Last Trip to Boise, Idaho in 2012. 

 

GAME DAY INFORMATION 

Game information: Kickoff 8:15 p.m. MT  Boise, Idaho.

Odds: Boise State by 14

TV: ESPNU

Tablet: Watch ESPN

Radio: Mighty 1090

 

Weather Report

 

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Photo Credit: Derek Allen

Photo Credit: Derek Allen

 

 

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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 award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 6 years. I have blogged for FanSided 150 (Recruiting Website), FanSided's SDSU Site (Surf The Spear which is no longer online) and have written guest blogs on SDSU. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio stations ( ESPN 1700 San Diego, Mighty 1090 and Xtra Sports 1360). My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job I am a Sports Social Media Editor for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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