San Diego State's fears were realized on Sunday afternoon when it was officially announced that the Aztecs will be without quarterback Maxwell Smith and also defensive tacklehristian Chapman for the rest o the season.
Smith injured his knee in the first half of San Diego State's win over Nevada and it is feared that he has a torn MCL, and Hayward has tore both his MCL and ACL.
Head coach Rocky Long made the announcement Sunday afternoon.
"I feel badly for both of them," Long said. via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Both of them have had injuries in their past and have overcome them. Both were having great seasons and were instrumental in us getting to the championship game. And I feel bad that they don't get to play in it."
Smith was replaced by redshirt freshman Christian Chapman on Saturday and completed 6 of 9 passes for 44 yards. The loss of Smith is not a huge blow since the San Diego State offense is based on the running game of Donnel Pumphrey and Chase Price. San Diego State will need Chapman to not turn the ball over and make the passes that are asked of him which likely will not be more than 15.