Ever since the Hawaii Bowl was part of the Mountain West bowl lineup, the results have not gone well for the conference. Fresno State was blown out twice, Boise State did not look good against Oregon State a few years back, but San Diego State continued the blowout trend but they were the one's who put the beat down on Cincinnati, winning 42-7.
This game started off with a bang with special teams player of the year, Rashaad Penny, returning the opening kick for a touchdown, and never looked back.
What a start! San Diego State returns the Hawai'i Bowl opening kickoff 100 yards for a TD. https://t.co/Vb0stdgA10— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 25, 2015
Cincinnati had no answer and that includes this wide open pass to put up the Aztecs up two touchdowns.
Being down multiple scores, the Bearcats tried some trick plays to get back in the game, but it did not work.
Those three highlights show it was all Aztecs all the time in Hawaii. Donnell Pumphrey ran for a pedestrian, by his standards, with 99 yards and a touchdown, he also caught a pass for 19 yards and completed a touchdown pass for 16 yards.
Backup quarterback Christian Chapman didn't have to do much in this game, he completed 8 of 11 for 113 yards and his own touchdown pass; par for the course for the Aztecs quarterback position this year.
The big matchup in this game was the Bearcats high flying passing attack against the 3-3-5 San Diego State defense, and the Aztecs also came out on top on that. They hold Hayden Moore to just 19 of 30 for 202 and more importantly no touchdowns and three interceptions. That yardage was 158 yards under the per game average for Cincinnati.
San Diego State ends the 2015 season with an 11-3 record.