San Diego State’s Big Name Players Shine In Victory
UC Davis did not pose much of a threat to the Aztecs
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SAN DIEGO, Calif — In an eagerly anticipated season opener, the two-time Mountain West defending champion San Diego State Aztecs handily defeated the visiting U.C. Davis Aggies, 38-17.
Rocky Long’s Aztecs aim to continue Mountain West dominance after losing EIGHT seniors to the NFL, and they did not disappoint. Dan Hawkins’ Aggies entered the season opener in rebuilding mode with dreams of becoming an FCS powerhouse.
The win probability for the Aztecs was 100%, but for the Aggies, contending with San Diego State was an important building block for the program- and the toughest pairing they will experience this season.
For the Aztecs, the first points were posted by kicker and Lou Groza candidate John Baron II. Baron easily made six-for-six on the night. Quarterback Christian Chapman threw for two touchdowns- the first to Kahale Warring, and the second to Darryl Richardson.
Running back Rashaad Penny shined and lived up to the hype, rushing for two touchdowns. Sophomore rising star running back Juwan Washington also ran for a touchdown.
Chapman went 16 for 21 for 220 yards and threw one interception. Penny went for 197 yards on 21 carries including his first touchdown in the first quarter off of a 61 yard run. The Aztecs defense held the Aggies to just 57 rushing yards.
For the Aggies, quarterback Jake Meier went 19 for 24 and had 258 passing yards for U.C. Davis including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Receiver Keelan Doss had eight catches for 181 yards and a touchdown.
The Aggies posted both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter after the Aztecs had managed a 38-3 lead. The Aztecs used the extensive lead to grant valuable game time to back-up players, and in turn the Aggies posted a pair of touchdowns against a formidable opponent with top 25 capabilities.
Worth noting: this was the first ever Facebook live-streamed football game. Remote fans watching the game experienced torturous blurriness, frozen screens, and commercial-free, and bizarre, amateurish sports casting that fans heavily panned. Eventually, the stream worked its self out.
Still, it was an historic event. The game was broadcast globally, evident as viewers posted comments from Japan, Russia, Australia in real time.
Facebook could one day become a legitimate mainstream football media- once they fix the glitches. In light of the terrible quality- it was a different and new kind of interactive viewing experience.
The Aztecs face the Arizona State Sun Devils next week in Arizona.