San Jose State came into the game as favorites, but ended up losing at home to San Diego State. The Spartans coming off an overtime win over the Rebels of UNLV, only managed to score seven points. The Aztec defense really challenged the Spartans to throw the ball, as they stacked the box to contain San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin. San Diego State defense held Ervin to 22 yards on 17 carries.
"They put a lot of guys in the box," Ervin said "They did a lot of different things as far as slanting, different alignments and schemes that we didn't prepare for like we should have. But that's in the past. I'm already moving on to the next game."
San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin. San Jose State came into the game averaging nearly 35 points the past three weeks. At one point the Spartans were down by seven in the first half, but that's as close as San Jose State got. San Diego State scored 10 points to close out the first half, and never looked back.
The San Diego State Aztecs defense suffocated the San Jose State Spartans offense, allowing only 148 total yards of offense. San Diego State's defense was all over the Spartan backfield, had 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, as they won, 30-7.
San Jose State will look to rebound next week, as they play host to New Mexico.
San Diego State now takes command of the Western Division, already defeating arguably the three toughest division opponents in Fresno State, Hawaii, and San Jose State.
This was a total team effort by the Aztecs. Donnel Pumphrey finish the night with 152 rushing yards on 20 carries. Pumphrey as of late is looking like the Pumphrey of old. After a slow start to the season, Pumphrey is looking every bit of the player that was voted as one of the league's best.
"We're jelling right now," Pumphrey said. "We're getting in our groove. It's going to be hard for teams to stop us if we're able to keep rolling."
San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith finished the night going 10 of 14 for 144 yards with one touchdown, and no turnovers. Aztec running back Chase Price also had a solid game rushing for 47 yards on 10 carries, and a touchdown. Next week San Diego State host Mountain Division leader Utah State, in what could be a possible Mountain West championship preview.