San Diego State encountered more problems scoring Friday, but the defense remained stingy as the Aztecs held on to defeat Fresno State 17-7.
The officials called an Aztec touchdown back in the first half, running back Chance Bell fumbled at the 2-yard line on another drive, and Fresno State blocked a field goal.
The Bulldogs, however, had issues of their own as quarterback Jorge Reyna threw three interceptions, including one with eight minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.
The Aztecs improved to 8-2 and 5-2 to sit atop the Mountain West’s West Division. Fresno State fell to 4-6 and 2-4 in the conference. Fresno State had won the last two match-ups against San Diego State.
Boise State tops the MW’s Mountain Division at 8-1, 5-2 in conference play.
Chase Jasmin scored two touchdowns, including the Aztecs’ final score, to take the lead with 13:14 left in the game. Meanwhile, quarterback Ryan Agnew set a new career high with 33 completions. He also passed for 323 yards, the most for an Aztec since 2014.
The teams played before 26,826 at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium.
The Aztec defense continued to shine. Luq Barcoo had two interceptions, tying him for second in the nation with seven for the season. They held the Bulldogs scoreless following a first-quarter touchdown.
“The crazy thing is … as a leader of the defense, I think we still have more in us,” linebacker Kyahva Tezino said earlier this week. “We have to be able to hold our opponent to zero points. I feel like we can do that.”
The offense remains a concern however. As head coach Rocky Long acknowledged this week, “we’re not scoring any points.”
The Aztecs play at Hawaii at 8 p.m. Nov. 23.
– Staff reports