Two Aztecs, Kyahva Tezino and Dwayne Johnson Jr. converge on a Ram. San Diego State defeated Colorado State 24-10. Photo credit: @CSUFootball, via Twitter

San Diego State improved to 4-1 Saturday as the Aztecs beat Colorado State 24-10, while also enjoying the return of running back Juwan Washington.   

The team traveled to Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, Colo. to face the now 1-5 Rams. 

In the first half, kicker Matt Araiza hit a field goal and quarterback Ryan Agnew completed an 8-yard pass to Kobe Smith. They led 10-3 at the half.

San Diego State scored again in the third quarter after Kyahva Tezino forced a fumble, setting up another 8-yard touchdown pass from Agnew to Smith.

Ahead of the game, cornerback Luq Barcoo saw Ram mistakes as a key to the Aztecs’ chances. He had three interceptions Saturday, part of Colorado State’s four turnovers.

“There’s going to be some opportunities for turnovers and we just have to take advantage of those,” he said.

The Aztecs extended their lead to 24-3 when Agnew threw a 3-yard pass to Washington. He has played sporadically since an ankle injury last month.

Bolstered by Barcoo, San Diego State’s defense continued its strong performance. They also allowed only 18 rushing yards.

The defense ranks among national leaders in several categories. They include: second in rushing defense and passing touchdowns allowed, fourth in rushing yards allowed per carry and seventh in total touchdowns allowed and rushing touchdowns allowed.

San Diego State now has won the first three road games of a season for just the second time in 38 years. The last time was two years ago.

SDSU resumed play after a bye week following their first loss of the season, on Sept. 21 at home against Utah State.

The Aztecs face Wyoming next week at home at 7:30 p.m.

– Staff reports

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