San Diego State Aztecs vs. Wyoming Cowboys
The Wyoming Cowboys meet the San Diego Aztecs in a crucial conference match up Saturday night. The Cowboys defeated Nevada Las Vegas 41-14 at home in week seven while the Aztecs come in off a bye as well after taking out Air Force 41-27. The Aztecs are -18 point favorites over the Cowboys with an over/under point total set at 56.5.
After getting throttled in back to back weeks Wyoming got their act together on both sides of the ball in a rout of UNLV. The offense had been largely silent in these losses and got quite a bit of mileage out of their 355 yards. The Cowboys were just 5 of 15 on third down but turned the ball over just once and did a good job of limiting mistakes. The Cowboys bread and butter was the rushing attack that rolled to 231 yards and averaged over five yards per carry. Alvester Alexander led the backfield with 74 yards on 14 totes and a touchdown while quarterback Brett Smith had a productive day with 59 yards on just ten carries. Ghaali Muhammad added another 49 yards so Wyoming gave the Rebels a several different looks on the ground. Smith had a mixed day when putting the ball in the air, completing 10 of 19 throws for 96 yards with a pair of touchdowns against no picks. The Wyoming defense which has been vulnerable responded by containing Nevada Las Vegas to 258 yards and 12 first downs while recovering a fumble and picking off a pass.
After back to back defeats San Diego State got back on the winning track by taking out a little frustration on Air Force. The Aztecs totaled 410 yards and owned the trenches with over 200 rushing yards and over 5 ½ yards per carry. Ronnie Hillman was the face of the rushing attack with 172 yards on 27 carries with a pair of trips to the end zone. What made everything click for this offense was that there was plenty of balance between the rush and pass as both set up the other. Quarterback Ryan Lindley took care of the passing attack with not only a productive game under center but also mistake free. Lindley was 15 of 21 for 209 yards with two scoring passes against zero interceptions. Wide receiver Dylan Denso caught a team high five balls for 83 yards. Even though the defense gave up 419 yards they kept the Falcons option in check and forces AFA to the air a whopping 36 times where this team is not comfortable. A 98 yard kick return for a touchdown put a finishing touch on the scoring as all phases of the game contributed to this win.
First off these teams have identical records but San Diego State is better on both sides of the ball. The one chance that Wyoming has here is scoring some points and at least making the Aztecs drive the field and earn their points which might be their only hope.
Wyoming Cowboys +18 San Diego State Aztecs