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San Diego State vs Northern Illinois Final Score: 42-28, Aztec Offense Dominates

Donnel Pumphrey continues to play at an extremely high level, putting the team on his back.

NCAA Football: San Diego State at Northern Illinois
Donnell Pumphrey rushes for a touchdown during the second half against Northern Illinois Huskies at Huskie Stadium.
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The San Diego State Aztecs win another shootout against the Northern Illinois Huskies, 42-28. Donnel Pumphrey goes back-to-back with another 200+ yard rushing game with 3 touchdowns.

Coming off the high of beating Pac-12 opponent California, San Diego State took to the road for the first away game this season against the Huskies. Upon arrival, San Diego State picked up where they left off and let the offense doing the talking.

On the Aztecs’ second possession, Pumphrey took one hand-off from the Huskies’ 46 yard line to pay-dirt. His two other scores came on from 33 yards out and the nail in coffin came on a 79-yard touchdown.

Christian Chapman was able to step up on offense, seeing the defense better and using the play-action pass to his benefit. Chapman also threw 3 touchdowns, all in the first half.

By halftime it was all Aztecs 28-7.

Both teams prone to mistakes, but the second half was more Aztec mistake prone. A few Randy Ricks penalties gave up prime real estate to the Huskies. The Aztec secondary was beat again through the air.

However, the Aztecs catch a break that Ryan Graham isn’t at the same level as Davis Webb. Graham completed 18 of 36 passes for 221 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

The game was dominated by the Aztecs and it was a struggle to see if the Huskies were able to catch up. However, Aztec fan should be concerned with these shootouts, as the defense has now gone two games giving up over 350 yards of offense. The defense is making plays when they need to, and sometimes catches breaks with opponents offenses.

Looking forward, the Aztecs enter a bye week and then come back in October to conclude a home-and-home series at South Alabama hoping to avenge their loss from last year. The Aztecs do not look like they will be stopped anytime soon.