Next week the 24th-ranked Aztecs will not be ranked anymore.
San Diego State lost at home to Nevada 17-13 in their first game of the year as a Top-25 team. It was one of those games where SDSU just couldn't find the big play when they needed it.
Quarterback Ryan Agnew completed 18 of 35 passes for 196 yards and one interception. Interestingly his 18 completions went to 10 different receivers as the Aztecs tried to find a hot hand.
On the ground running back Chance Bell led with 11 carries for 40 yards and SDSU's only touchdown, a 3-yard run that tied the game 10-10 in the 2nd quarter. The Aztecs only other points came on a pair of Matt Araiza field goals.
The Aztecs defense was good enough to get a win. SDSU allowed 28 rushing yards on 29 carries. The Wolfpack had to rely on a gadget play to kickstart its offense. Wide receiver Elijah Cooks took a pitch and instead of running, held up and threw a 50-yard strike to Brendan O'Leary-Orange down to the SDSU 5-yard line.
Running back Devonte Lee scored from the 1 to make it 17-10 and put the game out of reach.
San Diego State falls to 7-2 with a pair of conference losses. But, with games against Fresno State and Hawaii still looming, the Aztecs can still reach the Mountain West championship game if they win out.