Hawaii Bowl: SDSU vs. Cincinnati (Game Preview)
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NCAA SEASON LEADERS FBS
|Team||Total Offense||Pass OFF
||Rush OFF||Total Deffense||Pass Def||Run Def|
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.
JAKE FELY SACK & FORCED FUMBLE
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)
|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
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Total Offensive Plays
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San Diego State and Cincinnati score by Quarters in 2015
GAME DAY INFORMATION
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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