Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Carson, yes! No. 19 SDSU hosted Utah State in the MWC Title Game. NWN News

SAN DIEGO (NWN) — No. 19 San Diego State Aztecs have to make another trip to the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, this time to host the Mountain West Conference championship game at their temporary home on a soccer pitch Saturday against Utah State. In .

Win and the Aztecs (11-1, 7-1 MWC) will happily drive one final in this year’s 5/405 Interstate Finals as the MWC title wins the inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl at the $5 billion Sophie Stadium in Inglewood. A berth is included. December 18.

The Aztecs have not played in San Diego since 2019. Due to the pandemic affecting the 2020 schedule, the school decided to demolish the 70,000-seat SDCCU Stadium earlier than originally planned to help expedite construction of the 35,000-seat Aztec Stadium. It will open in time for the 2022 season as the first part of a campus expansion in Mission Valley.

So the Aztecs have made a 232-mile round trip to Dignity Health Sports Park, the 27,000-seat home of MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy, for home games since last season. Crowds were less early this season due to drives and late kickoff times, but attendance increased for last Friday’s 27-16 win against Boise State, which began at 9 a.m. PST.

“When you saw in those stands, it was very much, I want to say, a crowded, but fan-friendly crowd,” coach Brady Hock said. “From that point on it was fun. Our guys have done a great job preparing, knowing what it’s like. They can’t do anything about it, but just go out and play the best football we can.” .

SDSU, who are 6-1 at Carson this year and 9-2 in two seasons, are vying for their first MWC championship since winning consecutive titles in 2015–16 under coach Rocky Long. Utah State (9-3, 6-2) lost to Fresno State in their only championship game in 2013.

road warrior

The Aggies have a school-record 6–0 on the road this season and relish their underdog status, especially after realizing they were turned down when all-conference teams were named.

“There are a lot of deserving people who are not on the list. It’s the kind of atmosphere we’ve felt we’ve been in all season,” said first-year coach Blake Anderson. “When the season started, nobody expected anything from us. …it’s a very chip-on-your-shoulder, blue-collar group of friends and it’s something I think they’ll welcome. He will have a chip on his shoulder on Saturday, which is exactly where I want it to be.”

thunder leg

punter/placekicker matt ariza, MWC Special Teams Player of the Year, remains the Aztecs’ most potent threat after repeatedly forcing opponents into poor field conditions with rapid blows. Ariza, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, leads the FBS with an average of 51.5 yards and is on pace to break the FBS record of 50.98. The San Diego junior has an NCAA-record 38 punts that have traveled at least 50 yards, an NCAA-record 18 punts that have gone 60 yards and 36 punts that have gone down inside the 20-yard line. Ariza also handles kickoff and PATS/field goals.

qb match

Utah State junior quarterback Logan Bonner is making a big showing in a 35-10 win against New Mexico when he tied the school record with five touchdown passes and 306 yards thrown. This season he has 3,236 yards and 32 TD, while making 10 interceptions. The Aztecs are expected to start Jordan Brookshire, who came off the bench late in the first half to help the Aztecs rally to 24 straight points against BSU. Brookshire passed for 192 yards and a touchdown, and ran for a score even after Lucas Johnson was ruled out with a knee injury.

win 22

The Aztecs are aiming for the 22nd conference championship in the school’s history. “I think there’s a group of people who want to keep a legacy and part of that legacy is to win championships,” Hock said. “It’s something we talk about every day. When I enter a room, and when Coach Long used to enter a room, you asked the team a few things, and it’s always winning , and this win is 22.


Utah State is 5-63 all-time against teams ranked in an Associated Press poll, but has won four of its last 13 meetings against the top 25 teams. The highest-ranked team the Agiges have defeated was No. 18 BYU in 2014. His last win against an NWN Top 25 team was in 2015 against 21st Boise State.


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