San Diego State was leading 14-10 against Fresno State at halftime but things changed after the intermission and the Aztecs were knocked out of the contention for the Mountain West Conference Championship by the Bulldogs for the second year in a row.
SDSU (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West) was held scoreless in the second half in the 23-14 loss to the Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium. The Aztecs only net 67 offensive yards in the second half. They couldn’t run the ball and couldn’t pass.
“In the second half, I thought we obviously couldn’t run the ball,” Aztecs coach Rocky Long said. “They started playing a little more coverage than they did in the first half instead of one‐on‐one situations, which made it harder to move the ball.”
At the start of the second half, Ronnie Rivers capped off a 75-yard, nine-play drive with a two-yard touchdown that gave Fresno State (9-2, 6-1) a 17-14 lead.
The Aztecs had a chance to tie the game when John Barron II missed a 47-yard field goal attempt at the end of a 45-yard, 10-play drive toward the end of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs were the first on the scoreboard with an 86-yard touchdown pass by Marcus McMaryion to Jamire Jordan. The Aztecs responded immediately with a 75-yard TD pass from Christian Chapman to Fred Trevillion.
Trevillion would receive the ball again in the second quarter for a touchdown, this time a 70-yarder from Ryan Agnew after a Bulldogs field goal. Those would be the only scores for SDSU.
“I’m not really sure what changed, but I feel like we lost the excitement we had,” Trevillion said. “We were meaner coming out in the first half. The same thing happened against Nevada. We came out ice cold on defense, and that’s really all it was.”
He ended the night with four receptions for 189 yards. Both Chapman and Agnew ended the night with similar stats. Chapman was 4-for-13 for 126 yds and one TD, Agnew had 92 yards with one TD and four completions on eight attempts.
“I thought our quarterbacks were hot and cold,” Long said. “They made some decent decisions and made some bad decisions.”
Up next, the Aztecs close out the regular season by hosting Hawai’i on Nov. 27. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m.
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