It was a both a scorcher on the field and on the scoreboard Saturday evening at San Diego Stadium as the Aztecs rolled over the Aggies, 38-17, in the season opener for both teams.
The temperature on the field at kick off was 95 degrees, the second highest temperature at the start of a game in San Diego State‘s history.
The defending Mountain West Conference champions Aztecs made quick work against the Aggies’ offense with an interception on their first possession. A pass by sophomore quarterback Jake Maier was tipped off by junior linebacker Jay Henderson and picked off by freshman defensive back Tariq Thompson. It was Thompson’s first career interception.
San Diego State capitalized on the turnover with a 39-yard field goal by John Baron II. The Aztecs built on the lead with a 61-yard touchdown run by running back Rashaad Penny. Penny would go on to rush for 197 yards on 21 attempts — a career high — and two touch downs. This was Penny’s sixth 100-yard performance in his college career.
SDSU held UC Davis to 57 yards rushing while racking up 513 total yards — the fifth most in a season-opening game in the program’s Division I history.
Aztec quarterback Christian Chapman threw for 220 yards, completing 16 of 21 passes, one interception, and two touchdown passes — one each to Kahale Warring and Darryl Richardson. Juwan Washington scored on a 4-yard TD run to give San Diego State an insurmountable 38-3 lead toward the end of the third quarter.
In the last 10 minutes of the game, Maier had a 32-yard TD pass to Keelan Doss and 7-yard TD pass Logan Montgomery to bring UC Davis to 38-17. Maier finished with 19 of 24 for 258 yards and two interceptions for the Aggies.