USAF ACADEMY, Colorado. The change in the San Diego state’s defensive scheme helped the Aztecs slow down an intense Air Force offensive.
Matt Araiza scored two field goals, Kaegun Williams and Chance Bell ran for touchdowns, and San Diego State No. 22 survived an Air Force comeback attempt and won 20-14 on Saturday night.
The Aztecs held back the Air Force’s leading attack, often using a fourth midfielder instead of a defender.
“Everyone knows what they’re doing,” said Aztec midfielder Michael Showfroft. “They control the ball really well. This is a really difficult command. It was something we planned very well this week. Our coaches made things easier for us and allowed us to play our game. It was just seeing the ball, getting the ball. “
San Diego State (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) beat Air Force for the ninth time in a row. Air Force (6-2, 3-2) broke a streak of four wins.
“Instead of having another DB there, we really got a feel for our midfielders – and this is a really good group, they are well trained – this has led to some bigger bodies on the field that are also really athletic,” – San State Coach Diego. – said Brady Hawk.
The Aztecs were leading 13-0 in the half, while Williams ran a 1-yard run between Araiza’s goals at 22 and 51 yards after the BBC position change.
“We’ve had too many mistakes on our part,” said Air Force linebacker Jordan Jackson. “This is a great team and we couldn’t afford to make mistakes like we do. I think that was the decisive factor. “
San Diego State increased its lead after first possession in the second half. Bell interrupted a 32-yard run before scoring from 3 yards to 20-0.
“If you go there and fight every game, eventually something will happen, some big game will happen, something will work out, and that’s exactly what we believe in,” Bell said.
The Falcons found themselves on the board at the end of the third quarter with a 13-yard pass from Warren Brian to Dalton King on the fourth down. Initially declared incomplete, the application was canceled pending when King was found to be in possession of the ball when he crossed the goal line before the ball came out of the Patrick McMorris shot.
The Air Force came close to six after Dane Kinamon took fourth serve from Brian and ran 3 yards for a touchdown from 3:59 to finish.
The Falcons returned the ball 2:18 before the game and shot after fourth pass was canceled by a penalty kick. San Diego State finished the final in 1:35.
Araiza, who also plays for the Aztecs, retired 81 yards in the first quarter. It was the second week in a row that Araiza had scored over 80 yards and a 50-yard field goal. He had 86 punt yards and 53 play-off yards in the Aztecs’ double overtime win over San Jose State last week. CONTINUES
Araiza had to pass a 67-yard punt with his 81-yard player and now has 14 antlers at 60 or more yards in a season, which ties him to Texas A&M’s 2018 Braden Mann for the most season in FBS history.
San Diego’s best defense held back the Air Force ground play for most of the game. The Aztecs held the Falcons at 192 yards, well below the Air Force average of 336.4 yards per game.
Air Force dropped to 4-19 against top 25 opponents under coach Troy Calhoun. The last victory of Sokolov over a team from the ranking was in 2016.
IMPACT OF THE SURVEY
The Aztecs stand out as the only undefeated team in the Mountain West and contribute to their ranking.
San Diego State: Returns home to battle Fresno State on Saturday night.
Air Force: The Commander-in-Chief’s trophy will be at stake when the Army plays the Falcons at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on November 6.