No. 25 San Diego State starts fast, beats New Mexico 31-7
CARSON (AP) — Greg Bell ran for 111 yards, a touchdown and quarterback Jordon Brookshire added two more scoring runs. 25 San Diego State beat New Mexico 31-7 on Saturday night in its first game as a ranked team in two seasons.
Bell had a 40-yard carry on the Aztecs’ first play from scrimmage and finished with his fourth 100-yard game of the season, hitting the mark before halftime of San Diego State’s Mountain West Conference opener.
San Diego State has a second 5-0 start in 46 year, and also in 2017,. It won its first game as a ranked opponent since Oct. 7, 2017,. The Aztecs are one of 13 remaining undefeated teams in the nation. These guys have worked hard, and you can’t speak highly enough of our coaches and players,” Aztecs coach Brady Hoke stated. “The leadership of our seniors has done a great job .”
Defense: San Diego State lost 66 yards running and 193 total offense to the Lobos in its eighth consecutive win (2-4, 0-2). San Diego State entered second in the nation with 46.0 rushing yards allowed per game.
New Mexico used its defense to avoid a shutout as Ray Leutele forced Bell’s fumble in the third quarter and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Terry Wilson Jr., was 13 of 25 passing for 127 yards with an interception, and Aaron Dumas rushed for 77 yards.
” We did some things in spurts but it wasn’t good enough,” stated Danny Gonzales, New Mexico’s head coach and former San Diego State assistant. “We have gone too many quarters and not scored touchdowns. While we are creating opportunities on defense, we are not maximizing our offensive potential. … You have to score to have a chance to win.”
San Diego State started fast, holding New Mexico to a three and out to open the game, then getting Bell’s 40-yard run to the Lobos’ 23-yard line. After his 1-yard touchdown, four more Bell carries got the Aztecs to the end zone. He carried five times for all yards.
” “It was what you normally see from Greg,” Hoke stated after Bell delivered two weeks ago after sustaining a shoulder injury. He was limited to two carries against Towson. “He has very good vision he did a nice job of the burst through the hole.”
After Matt Araiza’s 40-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter gave San Diego State a 10-0 lead, the Aztecs defense turned in two more three and outs before increasing the lead. Brookshire led a 10-play 66-yard drive that he capped with his own 1-yard plunge for a 17-0 lead.
The Aztecs kept the Lobos down to minus-5 yards of rushing in quarter three, before Leutele put New Mexico on the scoreboard. Leutele not only stripped Bell of the ball deep in Aztecs territory, he carried the ball into the end zone to cut the San Diego State advantage to 17-7.
San Diego State struggled on offense to open the second half, running seven plays in its first three third-quarter drives with no first downs before putting together a five-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Immediately after Leutele’s defensive TD, Brookshire drove the Aztecs down the field and scored on an 11-yard run for a 24-7 lead.
“I think I played decent, but you know as (in) every game, there’s definitely a lot to work on, go over the film, watch how it went and go into this week working to improve,” said Brookshire, who had 130 yards passing in his return from a right ankle injury against Arizona on Sept. 11
Chance Bell made it 31-7 with 13: 05 remaining on an 8-yard scoring run.
Wilson was injured in New Mexico’s last drive. Wide receiver Keyonta Lenier, who appeared shaken in the first quarter, left the game with a left elbow injury. Wilson’s elbow was not examined by X-rays.
New Mexico: The offensive woes continued for the Lobos, who have averaged 7.5 points over their last four games and have another undefeated team looming Oct. 23 at Wyoming.
San Diego State: Bell showed he is feeling just fine after his shoulder injury Sept. 25 and the defense stepped up after giving up 52 total points over its previous two victories as the Aztecs showed no letdown as a ranked team.
New Mexico: Host Colorado State on Saturday.
San Diego State – Friday night at San Jose State