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SDSU Spring Football Game: Aztecs’ defense shines

The Aztecs participated in their first spring football game on Saturday afternoon.

Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune

During a sunny afternoon at the San Diego State practice facility, the Aztecs’ first spring football game finished at 17-16.

Despite a low scoring game, the main highlights were seen on the defensive end. The Aztecs’ defense forced five turnovers over the course of the game. Four of those turnovers were interceptions, as the Aztecs led the nation in interceptions last season.

“I thought the defense dominated the scrimmage, but the offense did not play a lot of our playmakers," head coach Rocky Long said of the scrimmage. "Our starting quarterback and starting tailback were not out there. Our starting tight end and two receivers who will probably start did not play.”

In the first half, freshman quarterback Neil Boudreau led an eight-play drive that was finished with an unsuccessful 35-yard field-goal attempt by John Baron II.

The defense would hold their ground and force straight punts to close the first half.

Freshman quarterback Ryan Agnew would end the drought when he completed a 20-yard pass to Tyler Wormhoudt that set up at 39-yard field goal by Baron II. Agnew would throw for 226 yards with 2 interceptions and 1 touchdown. Agnew’s best throw of the day came when he connected with Fred Trevillion for a 52-yard touchdown reception.

San Diego State finished ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, and will look to remained a ranked team this season and continue their recent success the past two seasons.