Hawaii Bowl: SDSU vs. Cincinnati (Game Preview)

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Team Total Offense Pass OFF
Rush OFF Total Deffense Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 118th 118th 15th 5th 15th 5th
Cincy 5th 4th  47th 84th 72nd 93rd
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 (10-3) and Conf (9-0)

Redshirt freshman Christian Chapman had his first career start last weekend in the Mountain West Championship game as starter Maxwell Smith tore his ACL in the Aztecs victory over Nevada. Smith will attempt to play in the bowl game. We will update this post if Smith is to play. As of now we are saying Chapman is the Aztecs starter.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 21 of 38 passes for 323 yards and 1 touchdown. Pumphrey has had 284 carries for 1554 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pumphrey is also leading the Aztecs in receptions with 27 receptions for 397 yards and 3 touchdowns. So far this season Holder has 23 receptions for 425 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 which lands them 2nd in the nation (20 Interceptions and 11 Fumbles) in 13 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 23 kick returns for an average 30.6 yards per return and a total of 704 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 17 for 22 this year on field goals and is 51/51 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

Win vs. Air Force = 27 – 24

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

Cincinnati (7-5) and Conf (4-4)

The three players to look out for would be QB Gunner Kiel, RB Hosey Williams and WR Shaq Washington. Kiel has completed 206 of 316 passes for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns. Williams has had 170 carries for 857 yards and 6 touchdowns. Washington has 88 receptions for 971 yards and 6 touchdowns. From the national rankings listed at the top of the article, it is apparent that Cincinnati is a good team. The Bearcats are 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 more so now than ever. Offensively Cincinnati will want to keep the ball away from the SDSU defensive backs especially Mountain West Defensive player of the year defensive back Damontae Kazee. Kazee currently leads the Aztecs in interceptions with seven (7). The SDSU defense is by far best in the Mountain West Conference and the 5th best defense in the nation. The smart play would be to throw underneath the secondary for 5- to 7- yard gains or throw deep.


Win vs. Alabama A&M = 52 – 10

Loss vs. Temple = 34 – 26

Win at. Miami (Ohio) = 37 – 33

Loss at. Memphis = 53 – 46

Win vs. Miami = 34 – 23

Loss at. BYU = 38 – 24

Win vs. UConn = 37 – 13

Win vs. UCF = 52 – 7

Loss at. Houston = 33 – 30

Win vs. Tusla = 49 to 38

Loss at. USF = 65 – 27

Win at. East Carolina = 19 – 16

Cincinnati Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/21/15 DB Adrian Witty  Ankle out indefinitely
09/08/15 LB Clemente Casseus Suspension out indefinitely


This section will be updated through bowl week.

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offense
SDSU 1859 3059 4918
Cincy 4477 2234 6711

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 4918 5.7 378.3
 Cincy 6711 6.7 559.2

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 3059 623 4.9 235.3 30
Cincy 2234 480 4.7 186.2 24

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 1859 132-240-3 14.1 143.0 15
Cincy 4477 322-515-19 13.9 373.1 29


Team Penalties Yards APG
SDSU 782 60.2
Cincy 838 69.8

San Diego State and Cincinnati score by Quarters in 2015

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 122 111 78 97
Cincy 104 138 105 86


Game information: Kickoff Thursday December 24th at 3:00 p.m. HT in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Odds: Cincinnati by 2.5 points


Radio: Mighty 1090


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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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