Another explosive start powers Aztecs

SDSU motors to 27-point halftime lead over Utah State and its No. 6 running defense in country

 The Aztecs' Donnel Pumphrey carries the ball as Dakota Gordan blocks Fresno State's Charles Washington in the first quarter of the Aztecs game against Fresno State at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The Aztecs' Donnel Pumphrey carries the ball as Dakota Gordan blocks Fresno State's Charles Washington in the first quarter of the Aztecs game against Fresno State at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Hayne Palmour IV
Here’s a way to make it rough on yourself to beat San Diego State in football: spot the Aztecs a sizeable lead.

With SDSU’s stingy defense and powerful, time-eating running game, mounting a big comeback is a tall order. Utah State became the fourth straight Mountain West opponent to spot the Aztecs a head start. By halftime, the Aggies looked like they were running on beach sand.

SDSU surged to a 34-7 halftime lead, giving it a 79-28 first-half scoring advantage over opponents in the last four games – all in the Mountain West. In first quarters, the Aztecs have outscored their opponents 45-0.

In thrashing Utah State, they humiliated early a team that routed then-No. 21 Boise State last week and came into the game with the No. 6 rushing defense in the country. After only 30 minutes, the Aztecs had 218 of their 273 yards on the ground, including 135 by D.J. Pumphrey, who had two TDs.

Utah State got an additional charged Aztecs group. SDSU's 17-17 score line in the first half denoted the first run through in SDSU Division 1 history (1969 forward) that it scored 17 or more in the initial two quarters of an amusement.

Obviously, the offense was aided by the furious play of the safeguard, which constrained three turnovers from Utah State in the first half after the Aggies had eight takeaways from Boise State a week ago.

Aztec Warrior No. 1

The Aztec Warrior can toot his conch shell somewhat louder. has chosen him the best live-individual mascot in school football.

In the past Monty Montezuma, the present incarnation of the Aztec has been being used subsequent to 2004. He was picked, the site said, for his "clothing, capacity and vitality." They likewise specified something about wearing a loin material (however not the lean abs). More likely than not been some female votes on the board.

Alternate contenders: 5. Florida State's Chief Osceola; 4. The Mountaineer (West Virginia); 3. Leprecaun (Notre Dame); 2. Veiled Rider.

Lobby of Fame honorees

At halftime, the Aztecs respected two previous football players among their Hall of Fame class – quarterback Billy Blanton and guarded lineman Ed Imo.

Blanton had one of the champion QB vocations in Aztecs history for mentor Ted Tollner's groups in the mid-'90s. He is first unequaled in profession finishing rate (.639) and pass proficiency (157.1), third in passing yards (8,165) and touchdown passes, and fourth altogether offense (8,014) and fulfillments (488).

Blanton went for more than 6,800 yards in 1995 and '96 in driving SDSU to a consolidated 16-7 record. That aggregate is third just to Dan McGwire and Ryan Lindley.

Imo was the 1976 Defensive Player of the Year and caused Claude Gilbert's groups to a consolidated 20-2 record in 1976-77.

Alternate honorees were Larry Godfrey and Karoline Koehler (olympic style sports) and Anthony Watson (men's ball).


Aztecs wellbeing Trey Lomax came back to activity in the first quarter in the wake of missing six amusements with a separated knee top. Lomax made a tackle on his first play and drew an offside punishment on the second.

With a second-quarter TD, D.J. Pumphrey tied his vocation best with six straight diversions with no less than one score.

The Aztecs have been quick starters in MW play, outscoring adversaries 45-0 in the last four first quarters.

On a screen pass and run, fullback Dakota Gordon went for 34 yards in the second from last quarter - the longest gathering of his profession. The play additionally was the main first down the Aztecs got in the second from last quarter in the wake of having 15 in the first half.

In one of the season's wackier plays, Utah State bungled in the final quarter, keeping in mind the groups mixed for ownership, the Aggies' Kennedy Williams gave the ball a decent soccer boot of around 20 yards. USU was punished 10 yards from the bobble and loss of down, giving SDSU the ball at the Aggies 2


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