Aztecs Wipeout Rainbow Warriors 55-0 on Homecoming Night
Last night San Diego State hosted Hawai’i for Homecoming night.
Hosted would be a safe word to use, but a more realistic word would be…annihilated. Or maybe, ruined? Demolished?
Anyway, SDSU moved to 8-1 on the season with a fashionable 55-0 win over the Rainbow Warriors.
Christian Chapman opened the book on what seemed like endless scoring for the Aztecs with a 13-yard touchdown pass to David Wells. Towards the end of the first, Chapman found the end zone again, but this time on a nine-yard pass to Quest Truxton. So at the end of one, the Aztecs held a small lead of 14-0. That lead would remain too small though, as Ron Smith would pick off quarterback Dru Brown and return it 14 yards for a touchdown. The rest of the quarter would be a yawn until John Baron would knock down a 30-yard field goal with 3:45 left in the half, and then a 45-yarder with just four seconds left. So the Aztecs would find themselves up 27-0 going into the half.
The Aztecs wouldn’t score again until about midway through the third quarter, when Rashaad Penny broke free for a monster 73-yard touchdown run that lit a fire under the crowd at the Q. Later that quarter, Chapman would find his third touchdown, to a third target, for a 24-yard touchdown pass caught by Juwan Washington. To open the fourth, Damontae Kazee would get into the end zone with a huge 54-yard pick six. Juwan Washington would find the end zone again, and close the door on scoring for the night, with a 20-yard touchdown run to put the Aztecs up 55-0.
This victory would also come out as the biggest margin of victory in a shutout by the school since becoming Division I eligible. The Aztecs move to 16 straight conference wins, and extend their current winning streak to five games. In this 16-game winning streak the Aztecs continued to dominate opponents, with a total score of 564-161, or an average of 35.3-10.1. Also in this game, D.J. Pumphrey would record his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game and Rashaad Penny would record his third 100-yard game in the last five games.
Player of the Game
The game ball is going to go to Christian Chapman. Although he only had seven passes completed for 76 yards, he found the end zone three times with three different players. He was spreading the ball out amongst receivers and running backs and helped lead his team in a huge blowout win. He is also now 10-1 as a starting quarterback for the Aztecs and is showing major improvements on a game-to-game basis.
Derek is a 22-year-old out of Lemon Grove, California. A burning passion for San Diego sports led him to pursue an opportunity to write and share about what’s going on with the teams in America’s Finest City. A young and aspiring sports journalist looking to grow his knowledge and expand his experience at any opportunity.