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

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NCAA SEASON LEADERS FBS

Team Total Offense Pass OFF
Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 121st 111th 94th 70th 72nd
PSU 114th 118th 51st 64th 12th

SDSU vs. USD Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

SDSU vs. USD Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

San Diego State Overall (1-2) Conf (0-0)

The three players to look out for would be QB Maxwell Smith, RB Donnel Pumphrey and WR Eric Judge. Smith, the Kentucky transfer, has completed 31 of 66 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns. Pumphrey has had 68 carries for 249 yards and two touchdowns. So far this season Judge has 6 receptions for 101 yards.San Diego State’s offensive line will play a major role in how this game is played. They played sloppy against California and Southern Alabama. We could once again see San Diego State use two quarterbacks but I would expect Rocky to only play Smith as the Aztecs offense slowed down against California when they changed quarterbacks. It will all depend on if the Aztecs can stop the pass rush of Penn State. I expect to see back up QB Christian Chapman at some point during the game. The San Diego State defense is going to tell us who wins this game. The Aztec defense has forced seven turnovers (6 Interceptions and 1 Fumble) in the first three games of the season. They will be going up against good passing attack. The Aztec defense will need to hold out strong if they want to win this game. San Diego State defense will need to be able to shut down the Penn State running game if they wish to win. The defense that comes away with the most take aways will win the game.

Special teams will play a huge role in this game. The edge this week will defiantly go to San Diego State. Here is Rashaad Penny going 97 yards to the house in the first week of the season against University of San Diego.

Also, the Aztecs have a weapon in field goal kicker Donny Hageman who nailed a 54 yard field goal against the University of Southern Alabama.

Win vs. USD =  37 – 3

Loss at. California = 35 -7

Loss vs. South Alabama = 34 – 27 (OT)

at. Penn State

vs. Fresno State

at. Hawaii

at. San Jose State

vs. Utah State

at. Colorado State

vs. Wyoming

at. UNLV

vs. Nevada

San Diego State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/20/15 LB Jake Fely Consussion Questionable Saturday vs. Penn State
09/19/15 DB Billy Vaughn, Jr. Suspension expected to miss first six games
09/19/15 OL Darrell Greene Suspension expected to miss first six games
09/19/15 DB Derek Babiash Suspension expected to miss first six games
09/19/15 LB Fred Melifonwu Suspension expected to miss first six games
09/19/15 FB Parker Wells Suspension expected to miss first six games
09/06/15 DB Trey Lomax Dislocated knee cap 4-6 weeks

Penn State Overall (2-1) and Conf (1-0)

The three players to look out for would be QB Christian Hackenberg, RB Saquon Barkley and WR Chris GodwinHackenberg has completed 35 of 71 passes for 372 yards and one touchdown. Barkley has had 34 carries for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Godwin has 14 receptions for 205 yards.

Taking a look at the national rankings listed at the top of the article Penn State is a good team.Penn State is going to need to shut down the Aztecs running game if they wish to win this game. They will want to force San Diego State to throw the football. Offensively Penn State will want to keep the ball away from the SDSU Defensive backs. The SDSU Secondary is the best in the Mountain West Conference. The smart play would be to throw underneath the secondary for 5- to 7- yard gains or throw deep. Southern Alabama and CAL was able to beat San Diego State deep by going after the safeties. If I am Penn State I am going to challenge the safeties and secondary to stop us.

Loss at. Temple = 27 – 10

Win vs. Buffalo = 27 – 14

Win vs. Rutgers = 28 – 3

vs. San Diego State

vs. Army

vs. Indiana

at. Ohio State

vs. Maryland

vs. Illinois

at. Northwestern

vs. Michigan

at. Michigan State

Penn State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/20/15 OL Andrew Nelson Knee Questionable Saturday vs. San Diego State
09/20/15 LB Ben Kline Undisclosed Questionable Saturday vs. San Diego State
09/12/15 TE Kyle Carter Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/06/15 LB Nyeem Wartman-White Knee out for season
09/04/15 TE Adam Breneman Undisclosed out indefinitely

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offense
SDSU 477 458 935
PSU 372 607

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 935 199 4.7 311.7
PSU 979 178 5.5 326.3

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 458 117 3.9 152.7 2
PSU 607 107 5.7 202.3 7

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 477 38-82-3 12.6 159 3
PSU 372 35-71-2 10.6 124 1

Penalties

Team Penalties Yards Avg Yards Game
SDSU 229 76.3
PSU 184 61.3

San Diego State and Penn State score by Quarters in 2015

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 21 23 10 17
PSU 10 31 3 21

MEDIA

Penn State Football: James Franklin San Diego State Week Press Conference Recap

Penn State Releases Official Depth Chart for San Diego State Game

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. San Diego State Aztecs Preview

Know Your Penn State Football Enemy: San Diego State Aztecs

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Favored by Double Digits Over San Diego State

http://ftgpsu.weebly.com/home/previewing-penn-state-vs-san-diego-state

http://ftgpsu.weebly.com/home/an-enemy-perspective-san-diego-sports-domination-breaks-down-the-san-diego-state-aztecs





GAME DAY INFORMATION 

Game information: Kickoff 3:30 p.m. ET  University Park, Pennsylvania

Odds: Penn State by 15. To find out more about odds or betting make sure to check out online sports handicapping.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: ESPN 1700 San Diego

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About DavidSDSU (943 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 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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