Post game press conference with SDSU head coach Rocky Long after defeating UNLV 24-13...
Game Day Breakdown: UNLV at San Diego State
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
TV: Time Warner Sports Network
Radio: KOGO, 95.7 FM & AM 600
Line: San Diego State by 17.5
Facts and History
-San Diego State (5-3, 3-1 MWC) takes on UNLV (1-7, 1-2 MWC) for the 22nd meeting between the two schools.
-SDSU leads the series 13-8. The Aztecs won the last meeting 31-14 in 2011.
-Aztecs has won 8 of the last 10 in series and 5 straight at home.
- San Diego State is ranked 60th and UNLV 128th in the Sagarin Ratings.
When San Diego State Has The Ball
It's amazing how quickly things change week to week. Backup quarterback Adam Dingwell will receive his first career start on Saturday after Ryan Katz broke his ankle against Nevada last week. It was versus the Wolf Pack that sophomore signal caller led a 10-point 4th quarter comeback to win in overtime. In the 4th quarter and overtime Dingwell completed 10-of-15 passes for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns. SDSU head coach Rocky Long has stated all week the offense won't change at all due to the switch in QB's as the two almost play identically.
UNLV's defensive stats will only get the Aztec offensive players even more pumped for this game. The Rebels are giving up 35.5 points and 468 yards of total offense per game. SDSU running backs Adam Muema and Walter Kazee are licking their chops against a rushing defense that gives over 200 yards a contest.
Edge: San Diego State
When UNLV Has The Ball
Rebels quarterback Nick Sherry is expected to start after dealing with an undisclosed injury all week. UNLV must be able to first protect the injured young man but that will be difficult as starting left tackle Brett Boyko is out once again. Right tackle Cameron Jefferson slides over to LT in Boyko's absence but he is also injured and it sounds like he will be limited in the game against the Aztecs.
The freshman QB is having a tough season so far as he's completing 54% of his passes with 11 touchdowns but 10 interceptions. His main targets are Marcus Sullivan and Devante Davis, both average over 60 yards a contest and the only receivers who have multiple touchdown receptions.
With a banged up offensive line it will be tough for UNLV to get running backs Tim Cornett and Bradley Randle going. They rely heavily on both of them, over 150 yards a game between the two including a total of 11 rushing touchdowns.
Aztecs have shown dominance against below average offensive teams such as Army, Colorado State and Hawaii. SDSU should be able to enforce their will at the line of scrimmage, get ahead early, therefore putting more pressure on the freshman quarterback.
Edge: San Diego State
Kicker Chance Marden earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors after making all three of his attempts last week including a game tying 35-yard FG as time expired in regulation to force OT. Punter/kickoff special Seamus McMorrow continues to boot kickoffs through the end zone. One thing the Rebels have going for them is a fantastic special teams unit. Kicker Nolan Kohorst is 9-for-11 on the season but only has a long of 42 yards. Punter Chase Lansford was named on the Ray Guy (Nation's Top Collegiate Punter) list for the second straight year.12 of his 39 attempts land inside opponents' 20-yard line with seven going 50 yards or longer.
San Diego State is coming off the largest win of their season and the Rocky Long era so how will they react to a UNLV team that has only one victory under their belt? Long and his staff have the Aztec players focused like it's any other important game.
Edge: San Diego State
SDSU has been able to beat the weak teams of the Mountain West with little to no resistance and I don't see that changing this week. Dingwell will build off the confidence he earned last week as San Diego State should be able to run Muema and Kazee down the Rebels throat. The Aztecs win this one going away and become bowl eligible for the third year straight.
San Diego State 45 UNLV 17
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