San Diego State Gets Embarrassed By Fresno State, 27-3
San Diego State waves goodbye to New Year’s Bowl Game.
The Oil Can goes back to Fresno along with hopes for a marquee bowl game.
Last week’s game against Boise State was a heartbreaker for San Diego State. When San Diego State’s offense couldn’t get it going and the defense ran on empty those weaknesses provided a blueprint for the Jeff Tedford-led Fresno State Bulldogs to take the Oil Can back to Fresno.
This version of the Battle for the Oil Can wasn’t pretty for the Aztecs.
By game’s end, Fresno State exposed the secondary and ran on San Diego State’s defense. The Aztecs defense gave up 176 yards passing, 199 yards running yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns.
For the Aztecs, there might have been some loss-hangover. The Aztecs opening drive looked like they were righting the ship. All seemed good when Rashaad Penny ran for 21 yards, but something changed when Penny fumbled on the Fresno State’s 9-yard line.
A collective groan let out throughout the stadium and in that moment San Diego State lost their swagger.
Despite being the Aztecs’ only turnover in the game, the defense didn’t create their own turnovers to match. As a unit, they haven’t been able to make their own turnovers since the September 30 shootout against Northern Illinois. Since then, San Diego State has gone -3 in turnovers. That includes their blowout win against UNLV.
Christian Chapman played mistake-free this week, but his 10-of-20 passes for 77 yards line was nothing to brag about. Tack on Penny’s second straight week of sub-100 yards rushing and you have bigger problems. Maybe the issue is the inexperienced offensive line getting bullied. Maybe it is Christian Chapman not being able to make plays. Maybe it is the inexperience in the Aztecs secondary. Rocky Long must take a deeper look into what’s happening to his team.
In the big picture, a competitive Fresno State is good for the conference. Boise State continues to be the national ambassador of the Mountain West. San Diego State has brought home the MWC championship trophy the last few years.
Yet, the Aztecs are out of the picture of earning another Mountain West championship.
Not only did Fresno State’s victory destroy an Aztecs New Year’s 6 appearance, but the Bulldogs are now 4-0 in conference play and own the driver’s seat for a spot in the Mountain West Championship game.
The wrongs need to be righted or this team becomes another one of those let-down Aztec teams of years past.
– The last time Fresno State team to win the Battle for the Oil Can was under a Derek Carr-led team in 2013.
– The last time San Diego State was held out of the end zone was against BYU in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl. The head coach? Bronco Mendenhall, current head coach of Virginia.