In a game mentioned as the pillow fight of the week, the teams managed to score some points Saturday afternoon. The game started off slow start but that ended when the Aztecs (2-3) scored half of their points in final 7 minutes to break away from a 17-17 tie late in the game.
The Aztecs finally had their first 100 yard rusher on the year in freshman Walter Kazee who had 101 yards and a score. The QB situation for SDSU with the usual stable Ryan Lindley did struggle and only managed 7-23 and 123 yards. Even with that the Aztecs were able to get their first win over an FBS opponent.
The Aztec defense stepped up huge by creating four turnovers which helped SDSU have short fields. That possibly could contribute to why Lindley had a bad game in passing yards, but not in the completion category. The poor passing also ended Vincent Brown's 100 yards receiving streak at six which dates back to the final game in 2008, but he did have 84 yards and a score.
New Mexico State was not much better in any aspect of the game. The main reason the game was close was because of the opening drive where they drove down and scored, and then the punt returning of Tonny Glynn who averaged 20 yards per return on seven tries. Those returns set up the Aggies for good field position which helped with their offense which was struggling.
Normally the Aztecs in the past would laid over after giving up a ten point lead to any team, but Brady Hoke is making small movements forward this year in improving the team.