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San Diego State 25 Wyoming 20 — All season long, a pathetic San Diego State offense handed opponents short fields because of incomplete passes, bad special teams or turnovers, but they turned the tables Saturday night in downing Wyoming 25-20 at Qualcomm Stadium. The win was the Aztecs first in conference play after three losses and made their overall record 4-5.

The Aztecs led 12-3 at halftime. Early in the second half, they were up to their old tricks again as RB Lynell Hamilton fumbled on his first carry of the third quarter, leading to a Wyoming FG (the defense, used to playing like this, held on 3rd & 3 from the nine).

QB Adam Hall then threw an INT to Cowboy Chris Dixon on the Aztecs next play. You’ve seen this bad script before as the Pokes started at the SDSU 36. But the defense held again, helped by a sack from LB Stephen Larsen.

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Photo: Aztecs WR Jacob Elimimian and Wyoming WR Ryan McGuffey

USD 47 Marist 0 — USD gained a single-game school record 663 yards and recorded its first shutout in seven years in routing Marist 47-0 in the last non-conference game of the season. The Toreros scored on five straight first half possessions to lead 30-0 at the break.

QB Eric Rasmussen connected with WR Adam Hannula on TD passes of 13, 34 and 80 yards in the first half. Rasmussen went on to complete 18-27 passes for 348 yards, the vast majority in the first two quarters. RB Evan Harney ran for 229 yards and two third quarter TDs, including an 87-yarder.

USD got the ball in Marist territory several times, leading to quick scores. One of the turnovers was a fumbled kickoff.

The 6-2 Toreros host Butler next week before the season finale at Dayton.

Notable

  • Valparaiso won the PFL North title earlier Saturday with a 51-45 shootout win over Drake.
  • Hannula finished with 7 catches for 209 yards. Brent Laberrere had 5 catches for 73 yards, and seems to be coming on some. Nick Garton caught just 2 passes.
  • USD saddled itself with 11 penalties.
  • Former Eastlake HS star RB Ryan Bartsch got his first extensive action of the season, carrying 5 times for 18 yards.

 

Stats Watch (Updated 10/19/03) — With both SDSU and USD teams and individuals ranking high in national statistics this season (or particularly low in the case of the Aztecs offensive attack), here’s a new weekly feature with the stats updated every Sunday.

SDSU: Bad news first. The offense is 96th in rushing at 109 yards/game, 91st in total offense at 331 yards/game and 93rd in scoring offense with 20/game. What’s worse for Air Craft is that the yardage total is in the middle of the pack nationally, but the weird passing efficiency formula has the Aztecs at 105th. Turnover margin in 93rd, but the number of defensive takeaways only has the difference at minus-5. The good news is the defense, which ranks 16th at 300 yards/game despite a rough couple of weeks. However, the only other team in the first 20 with a losing record is 3-5 BYU at 20. The next isn’t until Alabama at 31. The pass defense is eighth.

USD: Fours are wild as RB Evan Harney ranks 4th in 1-AA in rushing with 141 yards/game, following his 208 yard performance at Valpo. QB Eric Rasmussen is 4th in passing efficiency with his still-nifty ratio of 23 TDs to 2 INTs. WR Adam Hannula is 4th with 52 receptions and 9th with 102 receiving yards/game. Nick Garton is 12th with 99 receiving yards/game. The offense is 5th with 301 passing yards/game and 6th in total offense with 458 yards/game. The Toreros are 9th in scoring 37 points/game.

 

SDSU CB Jeff Shoate
USD QB Eric Rasmussen