Aztecs Open With a Win

SDSU starts the football season with a solid showing

We knew San Diego State was stacked with running backs. What we didn’t know was how many tight ends they have.

The Aztecs put both position groups on display in a season-opening 38-17 win over U.C. Davis at San Diego Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium). Rashaad Penny lived up to his preseason hype with a huge statistical game.

Penny took off on a 61-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter that put the Aztecs up 10-0. The senior finished with 197 yards and two scored on 21 carries and didn’t even play most of the 2nd half. SDSU didn’t throw the ball much but they did throw it effectively.

Quarterback Christian Chapman has multiple tight ends to throw to and he got two of them into the end zone. Sophomore Kahale Warring was the leading receiver with five catches for 74 yards and a score while senior Darryl Richardson hauled in a 21-yard pass for his first career touchdown. Chapman completed 16 of 21 passes for 220 yards, two scores and one interception.

But the Aztecs bread and butter is the ground game and Penny’s backup is awfully talented, too. Sophomore Juwan Washington ran it 14 times for 66 yards and a 4-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter that made it a 38-3 game. After that Aztecs head coach Rocky Long emptied his bench and the Aggies got a couple of late touchdowns.

The Aztecs are 1-0 heading into a pair of meetings with Pac-12 schools. Next week they go to Tempe to face Arizona State before hosting 14th-ranked Stanford.

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