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Utah State vs. San Diego State final score: Aggies have no answer for Aztecs running game

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San Diego State used the combo of Donnel Pumphrey and Chase Price to upset Utah State.

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For the second week in a row, the game was decided by halftime. Unfortunately for Utah State, this time they were on the losing end against San Diego State.

The Aztecs sprinted out of the gate to a 34-7 halftime advantage and never looked back. SDSU amassed 336 yards on the ground, with Donell Pumphrey contributing 181 and 2 touchdowns. The Aggies struggled to wrap up the elusive Pumphrey and his backfield partner Chase Price, allowing the Aztecs to score on six straight first half drives. The result was a 48-14 Aztec victory.

What Happened?

Turnovers

Just like last week, turnovers were a big part of the story. After being +8 in the turnover battle against Boise last week, U State was -4 Friday night. The turnovers killed any momentum the Aggies tried to build first half and gave the Aztecs some short fields to work with that led to points.

Kryptonite

Last night Clark Kent Myers showed up, instead of the Superman we've seen on the field the past few weeks. Myers opened up 1-5 with an interception and fumble, and finished just 8-19 for 93 yards and one touchdown.
So far this season, the Aggies have done a great job at hiding Myers deficiencies. They've established a strong running game (the foundation of the program's success, even in Chuckie Keeton's prime) then let him shine in play action situations. Last night, the San Diego State defense contained Myers' running and forced him to beat them from the pocket. The results speak for themselves, as Myers finished with a QB rating of 5.3.

What Does It Mean?

It's a conference loss, but at least it's to a team from the West division. This still leaves Utah State in the driver's seat for the Mountain. However, they have lost their cushion and another loss would likely result in Boise State jumping them for first. Winning out would guarantee the Aggies a spot in the title game, and likely a rematch with the Aztecs.

What's Next?

Utah State go to Laramie next week to take on Wyoming. The Cowboys have one win on the season, but Laramie is always a tough place to play. It is also potentially a trap game, with a big contest at New Mexico looming on the horizon. With everything to play for and no margin for error, these next few weeks will be crucial for the Aggies.

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