After the win against Hawaii last week, San Diego State football coach Rocky Long said he was worried about the road game after Hawaii because it’s always a difficult game.
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He didn’t say why he thought it was difficult, but it turns out he had nothing to worry about. The Aztecs (8-2, 4-2 Mountain West) routed the Spartans, 52-7, at CEFCU Stadium.
In many ways, the win was expected. Coming into the game, the Aztecs ranked 30th in the nation in rushing, averaging 213.2 yards game. Meanwhile, the Spartans were third to last out 129 teams against the rush, allowing 276.9 yards game.
And it was the rush that doomed San Jose State. San Diego State recorded a school record 554 yards, surpassing the school’s record 474 yards set against Nevada last season. By halftime, the Aztecs already had a season-high 336 yards rushing.
Senior running back Rashaad Penny was again the star of the game, having rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the lopsided win.
In the opening drives of the game, Penny had 51 yards and eight carries, including a 13-yard touchdown. On San Diego State’s next possession after the Spartans went three-and-out, Penny started left, then cut right and ran untouched for an 82-yard touchdown.
San Jose State’s lone score came on the opening drive of the second half when Tre Walker hit Justin Holmes for a 54-yard touchdown. But 13 seconds later, Penny answered with a 64-yard touchdown run to make it 42-7.
With the win, SDSU moves within half a game of Fresno State (5-3, 4-1), but the Bulldogs still hold the tie-breaker advantage. The Aztecs still need to win all of its remaining two conference games and the Bulldogs need to lose two of three in order for San Diego State to win the West Divison title.
The Aztecs now has a perfect 5-0 road game record for the first time since 1951.
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