Higgins leads the Rams (3-4, 1-2 Mountain West) with 543 receiving yards and has also added four touchdowns.
“Just watching the film, he runs good routes and has good speed,” senior Pierre Romain said Tuesday during a press conference. “He attacks the ball which is usually what separates good receivers from average receivers.”
Senior Joe Hansley leads the team in touchdowns, though, with five. The amount of receiving touchdowns between Higgins and Hansley equals the entire output by the Aztecs receivers so far this season.
“Colorado State has the best receiving corps that we will have played against until this point,” coach Rocky Long said Tuesday. “The quarterback is playing very efficiently. They had a big win last week against Air Force and they just had a bye week. So they’re going to be fresh, they’re going to be confident, they’re going to be ready to play.”
SDSU has been getting some solid play from its quarterback as well. Graduate transfer Maxwell Smith hasn’t been asked to throw that much (just 10 times last game against Utah State), but he has been efficient, having gone 111 attempts and six games without an interception.
The six games without an interception is the longest streak in the school’s Division I history.
Make no mistake, though, Donnel Pumphrey has carried the offense, being one of three players in the country to lead his team in rushing yards, receiving yards and completions.
Last week he had 181 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Aztecs ran the ball a whopping 63 times in the team’s win compared to the 10 passes, with four different players rushing for touchdowns.
“You can’t mess up a winning formula when it’s working,” Smith said. “The offensive line is playing great and the running backs are running it well. Something people don’t see is the wide receivers blocking really well on the perimeter. Obviously, the tight ends are who are always on the offensive line, too.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s game in Fort Collins, Colorado will be at 12:30 p.m. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network or heard on Mighty 1090 AM and 105.7 The Max FM.
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