2015 Mountain West Championship Game Preview (SDSU vs AFA)

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Team Total Offense Pass OFF
Rush OFF Total Deffense Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 88th 121st 15th 7th 17th 4th
AFA 30th 119th 3rd 19th 36th 34th
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 (9-3) and Conf (8-0)

This game preview will start with an injury report. San Diego State Senior QB Maxwell Smith was injured in last weekends game against Nevada. He came out of the game early on and did not come back in. Smith has a torn ACL and is done for the season. He has played what could be his last college football game. Redshirt freshman Christian Chapman took over for Smith and is now the projected starter for the Aztecs in this Mountain West Championship game. The three players to look out for would be QB Christian Chapman, RB Donnel Pumphrey and WR Mikah Holder. Chapman, the redshirt freshman, has completed 12 of 24 passes for 120 yards. Pumphrey has had 268 carries for 1464 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pumphrey is also leading the Aztecs in receptions with 25 receptions for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns. So far this season Holder has 22 receptions for 377 yards and 5 touchdowns. The San Diego State defense is going to tell us who wins this game. The Aztec defense has forced 31 turnovers to lead the NATION (20 Interceptions and 11 Fumbles) in 12 games this season. The Aztec defense has been unstoppable and is now ranked 5th in the nation in total defense. We have included the three best hits to date.

Damontae Kazee Lights up USU WR.


Calvin Munson Monster Hit

Special teams will play a huge role in this game. The edge this week will definitely 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. This is one of two kick return touchdowns for Rashaad Penny. Penny is tied with Aztec Alum Colin Lockett for most kick return touchdowns in a single season. Penny has 19 kick returns for an average 32.5 yards per return and a total of 617 yards.

Also, the Aztecs have a weapon in field goal kicker Donny Hageman who nailed  two 54-yard field goals (University of Southern Alabama and Colorado State). Hageman is 15 for 20 this year on field goals and is 48/48 on extra points. Hageman is second on the team in overall points scored.

Win vs. USD =  37 – 3

Loss at. California = 35 -7

Loss vs. South Alabama = 34 – 27 (OT)

Loss at. Penn State = 37 – 21

Win vs. Fresno State = 21 – 7

Win at. Hawaii = 28 – 14

Win at. San Jose State = 30 – 7

Win vs. Utah State = 48 – 14

Win at. Colorado State = 41 – 17


Win vs. Wyoming = 38 – 3

Win at. UNLV = 51 – 14

Win vs. Nevada = 31 – 14

vs. Air Force

San Diego State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
11/28/15 DT Christian Heyward Torn ACL & MCL out for season
11/28/15 QB Maxwell Smith Torn ACL out for season
10/22/15 LB Fred Melifonwu Personal left the team
10/15/15 FB Parker Wells Personal left the team
10/13/15 OL William Tuihalamaka Personal left the team
10/13/15 DL Dakota Turner Knee out for season

Air Force (8-4) and Conf (6-2)

The three players to look out for would be QB Karson Roberts, RB Jacobi Owens and WR Garrett Brown. Roberts has completed 65 of 123 passes for 1411 yards and 9 touchdowns. Owens has had 170 carries for 857 yards and 6 touchdowns. Brown has 26 receptions for 534 yards and 1 touchdown. From the national rankings listed at the top of the article, it is apparent that Air Force is a good team. Air Force is going to need to shut down the Aztecs’ running game and be able to run on the Aztec defense if they wish to win this game. They will want to force San Diego State to throw the football more so now than ever. Offensively Air Force will want to keep the ball away from the SDSU defensive backs who had two more interceptions last week against Nevada. The SDSU secondary is the best in the Mountain West Conference according to preseason rankings. The smart play would be to throw underneath the secondary for 5- to 7- yard gains or throw deep. Expect both teams to run the ball just like last weekends’ game against Nevada. The team who holds onto time of possession should win this game.

win vs. Morgan State = 63 – 7

win vs. San Jose State = 37 – 16

loss at. Michigan State = 35 – 21

loss at. Navy = 33 – 11

win vs. Wyoming = 31 – 17

loss at. Colorado State = 38 – 23

win vs. Fresno State = 42 – 14

win at. Hawaii = 58 – 7

win vs. Army = 20 – 3

win vs. Utah State = 35 – 28

win at. Boise State = 37 – 30

loss at. New Mexico = 47 – 35

at. San Diego State


Air Force Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
11/27/15 RB D.J. Johnson Hamstring out indefinitely
11/27/15 RB Shayne Davern Knee out for season
10/24/15 DL David Harris Undisclosed out indefinitely
10/24/15 CB Kalon Baker Hamstring out indefinitely
10/22/15 LB Dexter Walker Undisclosed out indefinitely
10/22/15 LB Patrick Healy Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/15/15 QB Nate Romine Knee out for season


This section will be updated throughout the week.

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offense
SDSU 1656 2828 4484
AFA 1663 3882 5545

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 4484 5.6 373.7
 AFA 5545 6.4 462.1

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 2828 575 4.9 235.7 28
AFA 3882 718 5.4 323.5 39

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 1656 123-226-3 13.5 138.0 14
AFA 1663 75-144-11 22.2 138.6 13


Team Penalties Yards
SDSU 743
AFA 480

San Diego State and Air Force score by Quarters in 2015

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 122 101 71 87
AFA  72 121 96 124

Game Notes:  

  • Aztec head coach Rocky Long now has 11 career victories against service academies, which is tied with Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson for the second most in the country.
  • SDSU is 14-19 all-time against Air Force with its five straight wins.
  • SDSU has won five straight games vs. Air Force.
  • The five consecutive victories is the longest streak for San Diego State in the series history.
  • The Aztecs are 8-7 at home all-time vs. the Falcons, including three straight wins and victories in five of its last six home games vs. AFA.
  • SDSU record vs Mountain West Conference Mountain Division (8-1 over the two-year history of the two divisions).



Highlights from 2014


Game information: Kickoff Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT in San Diego, California.

Odds: SDSU by 5.5 points 


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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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