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Aztecs Lose Second Straight, MW Title, & 23-14 to Fresno State

Their season long goal of a Mountain West title is now over.

November 18, 2018 - 7:16 am

In a span of two weeks the Aztecs have gone from being in the driver seat for representing their half of the Mountain West, to watching someone else celebrate their spot in the Mountain West title game. Life comes at you fast Aztecs fans.

The Aztecs fell to the Fresno State Bulldogs 23-14. Even though their season-long goal of winning a Mountain West title was slipping from their grasp, Aztec players played like they were undefeated.

This loss unpacked a whole lot because not only is a Mountain West title game out of the picture, the three season streak of 10 plus wins is over as well.

It's been a rough four game stretch, losing three out of those four games. It all started with a loss to Nevada, then last week's surprising loss to UNLV, and now a loss to Fresno State.

Although the Aztecs lost, the offense looked a little bit better, and the defense was outstanding once again. Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion did not feel comfortable dropping back to pass, and was relatively pedestrian during the game, throwing for 267 yards and a touchdown.

The game started with one of those "here we go again" moments. Redshirt freshman cornerback Darren Hall tripped and fell, and the Bulldogs were able to pull off an 86 yard catch and run for the score to make it 7-0 with less than 3 minutes off the clock in the game.

But the Aztecs’ offense wasn't going to go down quietly Saturday night. A few drives later Christian Chapman found Fred Trevillion for a 75 yard touchdown, and the Aztecs were right back in it.

That wasn't it for Trevillion in the first half though. Late in the second quarter Ryan Agnew entered the game and found Fred Trevillion for a long touchdown on Agnew's first play of the game. This time of the 70 yard variety.

Trevillion had a historic night for the Aztecs, racking up 189 yards on four catches while scoring two touchdowns. He also became the first player in Mountain West history to have two 70 plus yard touchdown catches in one game. That's a pretty good night.

The Aztecs headed to halftime with the 14-10 leada. And looked to be in control.

Unfortunately, that would be all the Aztecs scored in this game. The Bulldogs' defense shut out the Aztecs’ offense in the second half. Even though the Aztecs' defense played outstanding, they were not able to get stops when they needed them.

Aztecs star running back Juwan Washington had a tough time getting going behind a fill in offensive line unit for the Aztecs. He rushed the ball 18 times for only 38 yards. That's just not going to get it done for a team that prides itself on running the ball. 

Aztec quarterbacks combined to complete only 8 passes on 21 attempts for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns. Christian Chapman did start the second half and play a few series, but appeared to suffer a rib injury at some point. After that, we saw Ryan Agnew the rest of the way.

Don't cry yet Aztecs fans.

This will be the second year in a row the Aztecs miss out on the Mountain West title game, but if the team is as young as Rocky Long tells us, then there is a bright future ahead for this program.

The Aztecs record falls to 7-4 on the year, while the Fresno State Bulldogs moved to 9-2 with a Mountain West title game berth.

SDSU will close out the regular season at home with a game against the high-flying Hawaii Warriors on November 24th.