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San Diego State No.25 starts fast, beats New Mexico 31-7


Greg Bell had 111 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Jordon Brookshire added two runs scored and No.25 San Diego State beat New Mexico 31-7 on Saturday night in their first game as that team classified in two seasons.

Bell had a 40-yard run in the Aztecs’ opener in scrum and finished with his fourth 100-yard game of the season, hitting the mark before halftime in the opener of the Mountain West Conference of the ‘State of San Diego.

San Diego State is on their second 5-0 start in 46 years, also making it in 2017, and won a game as a ranked team for the first time since Oct. 7, 2017, against UNLV. The Aztecs are one of the 13 remaining undefeated teams in the country.

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“These guys worked hard and you can’t say enough about our coaches and our players,” said Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke. “As much as anything, the leadership of our elders, they really did a great job. “

In defense, the State of San Diego allowed 66 rushing yards and 193 total offensive yards in its eighth consecutive victory against the Lobos (2-4, 0-2). San Diego State came in second in the country with 46.0 rushing yards allowed per game.

New Mexico used their defense to avoid a shutout as Ray Leutele forced Bell’s fumble in the third quarter and sent him back 15 yards for a touchdown. Terry Wilson Jr., was 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards with an interception, and Aaron Dumas rushed for 77 yards.

“We did some things in spurts, but it still wasn’t good enough,” said New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales, a former San Diego state assistant. “We’ve gone way too many quarters without scoring any touchdowns. We (create) opportunities in defense but we don’t capitalize on offense.… You have to score to have a chance to win.”

San Diego State got off to a quick start, keeping New Mexico three and opened the game, then got Bell’s 40-yard rush to the Lobos’ 23-yard line. Four more carries from Bell put the Aztecs in the end zone after his 1-yard scoreline as he carried five times for the 63-yard run.

“That’s what I normally see from Greg, whether it’s in training, on these occasions, or you see him in a playing situation,” Hoke said after Bell delivered two weeks after being injured. to the shoulder and being reduced to two litters against Towson. “He’s got really good vision, he did a good job of bursting through the hole.”

After Matt Araiza’s 40-yard field goal on the opening play of the second quarter gave San Diego State a 10-0 lead, the Aztec defense posted two more threes and strikeouts before increasing the ‘advance. Brookshire led a 66-yard drive in 10 games which he capped with his own 1-yard dive for a 17-0 lead.

The Aztecs limited the Lobos to within 5 rushing yards in the third quarter, before Leutele put New Mexico on the scoreboard. Leutele not only stripped Bell of the ball deep in Aztec territory, he carried the ball into the end zone to reduce San Diego State’s advantage to 17-7.

San Diego State struggled on offense to open the second half, running seven plays in their first three downs in the third quarter without any first downs before setting up a five-play, 60-yard scoring practice. . Immediately after Leutele’s defensive TD, Brookshire led the Aztecs onto the field and scored on an 11-yard run for a 24-7 lead.

“I think I played well, but you know that in every game there is definitely a lot of work to work on, to watch the movie again, to watch how it went and to start this week working on it. improve, “said Brookshire, who had 130 yards passed on his return from a right ankle injury against Arizona on Sept. 11.

Chance Bell went 31-7 with 13:05 left on an 8-yard rush.

INJURY REPORT:

Wilson left the game in New Mexico’s last practice with a dislocated left elbow, while wide receiver Keyonta Lanier looked shaken in the first quarter and left the game in the fourth quarter with a right arm injury. Wilson’s elbow x-rays were negative.

TO TAKE AWAY :

New Mexico: The offensive woes continued for the Lobos, who have averaged 7.5 points in their last four games and have another undefeated team looming October 23 in Wyoming.

San Diego State: Bell has shown he is feeling great after his shoulder injury on September 25 and the defense strengthened after allowing 52 total points from his two previous wins as the Aztecs failed showed no disappointment as a ranked team.

FOLLOWING

New Mexico: Host Colorado State Saturday.

San Diego State: In San Jose State Friday night.


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